Uniform Mark Scheme
When examiners mark examination papers, they use what is called a mark scheme. The mark scheme tells the examiners how many marks they should give to each answer, according to how good the answer is. These marks are called “raw” marks. It is raw marks that are written on the front of the examination paper. These raw marks may be converted to uniform marks for modular specifications.
Uniform Marks and Modular Qualifications
Modular specifications allow candidates to take their unit assessments in different examination series. These assessments may vary slightly in their level of demand. This means, for example, that for a given unit, a raw mark of 42 in summer 2010 could represent the same level of achievement as a raw mark of 40 in January 2011.
It is clearly not fair that, for work representing the same level of achievement, some candidates have 42 marks to use towards their final AS or A level result, while other candidates have only 40 marks to use. The Uniform Mark Scale exists to address this situation. It ensures that work representing the same level of achievement, produced in different examination series, ends up with the same (uniform) mark to contribute to the final AS or A level result.