New mark scheme for Writing Papers: updated Handbooks for Teachers are now available!


We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new mark scheme for the Writing Papers of the following Cambridge English exams:
  • Preliminary
  • Preliminary for Schools
  • First
  • First for Schools
  • Advanced
  • Proficiency
  • Business Preliminary, Vantage and Higher

The new mark scheme has been developed with reference to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and has been researched and trialled extensively.

It contains four sub-scales:
  • Content - This sub-scale focuses on how well the candidate has met the requirements of the task, in other words, if they have done what was asked of them
  • Communicative Achievement - This sub-scale focuses on how appropriate the writing is for the task
  • Organisation - This sub-scale focuses on the way the candidate has put his answer together
  • Language - This sub-scale focuses on the candidate's use of appropriate vocabulary and grammar
A candidate's answer will be awarded a mark out of five in each of these sub-scales, making a total of 20 marks for each task.

You can find out more about the new mark scheme in the Handbook for Teachers (available to download from our Online Shop) and in a forthcoming issue of Research Notes.

Source: Cambridge ESOL

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