Gatorade said:no offence meant, but if you really are an hsc marker then what you're doing in my opinion is unfair. say i had put down "the eruption of a volcano in china" as the answer, according to you i should still get the mark. the point is his answer was incorrect as there was NO eruption in 72AD and he doesnt even mention vesuvius, so it really could be anywhere.
plus, as i said before, whats to stop me, if im unsure of the answer, from putting 3 or 4 different possible answers to ensure i get the mark? or i could technically even circle all the options in multiple choice questions as they "ignore the incorrect section".
Multiple Choice is computer marked and won't accept more than one answer.
If you had written three or four things and the first one was right then the marker would simply not read any more and give the mark.
This came up at marking about 10 years ago when students were asked for four things and were putting down five and six with a couple of early ones being wrong. We were initially told to only take the first four but after a couple of days marking the BOS gave a ruling to ignore the incorrect ones and give 4 marks if their were 4 correct answers.
The correct answer for the question we are discussing will probably be simply - the eruption - anything extra is therefore ignored. To penalise for adding extra incorrect material, in a one mark question, would be seen as unfair by the BOS.
Markers are told to be concious of the fact that students are writing these exams under stress and as a first draft and so we are more liberal than if you had to do this question in class.