In considering marking schemes the following points should be noted:
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The marking scheme is a guide to awarding marks to candidates’ answers.
The marking schemes should not be considered as model answers.
In some instances only key words are given, words that must appear in the correct context in the candidate’s answer in order to merit the assigned marks. This does not preclude synonyms or phrases which convey the same meaning as the answer in the marking scheme.
There can be more than one equally acceptable answer. Although synonyms are generally acceptable, there may be instances where the scheme demands an exact scientific or technical term and equivalent non-scientific/technical or colloquial terms will not be accepted.
Descriptions, methods and definitions in the scheme may not be exhaustive and alternative valid answers may be acceptable.
30 January 2015