Student Gets Marks For Writing 'Fuck Off' On Exam
A student who scribbled an expletive on an English language exam paper was awarded 7.5 percent for accurate spelling and effective communication, The Times newspapers reports.
The student who wrote "fuck off" after being asked in an English exam to "describe the room you are sitting in", got 2 marks out of 27 and would have apparently got more if he had added some punctuation, chief examiner Peter Buckroyd told the paper.
"It does show some very basic skills we are looking for -- like conveying some meaning and some spelling," said Buckroyd, who works for the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance examinations board. "It shows some nominal skills but no relevance to the task."
"If it had had an exclamation mark it would have got a little bit more because it would have been showing a little bit of skill."
To get minimum marks in English GSCE papers -- an exam taken by hundreds of thousands of 16-year-olds across UK every year -- students must demonstrate "some simple sequencing of ideas" and an ability to put "some words in appropriate order."
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