10 grammar rules you can forget
One of the U.K’s leading student blogs is looking for talented writers.
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The internet might be a historic boon for kitten-fanciers and steaming-eared trolls, but it’s not all good news. Online writing, you see, is destroying the purity of English as we know it and threatening to dumb us all down into a herd of screen-jabbing illiterates. Or so runs one regular technophobic complaint, the latest version of which has been offered by Robert McCrum. He is worried about what he describes as “the abuse and impoverishment of English online (notably, in blogs and emails)” and what he perceives as “the overall crassness of English prose in the age of global communications”.
The five FCE papers total 200 marks, after weighting. Each paper is weighted to 40 marks.
A candidate’s overall FCE grade is based on the total score gained by the candidate in all five papers. It is not necessary to achieve a satisfactory level in all five papers in order to pass the examination.
The overall grade boundaries (A, B, C, D and E) are set according to the following information:
• statistics on the candidature;
• statistics on the overall candidate performance;
• statistics on individual items, for those parts of the examination for which this is appropriate (Papers 1, 3 and 4);
• advice, based on the performance of candidates, and recommendations of examiners where this is relevant (Papers 2 and 5);
• comparison with statistics from previous years’ examination performance and candidature.
Results are reported as three passing grades (A, B and C) and two failing grades (D and E). The minimum successful performance which a candidate typically requires in order to achieve a Grade C corresponds to about 60% of the total marks. Statements of results are sent out to all candidates and include a graphical display of the candidate’s performance in each paper. These are shown against the scale Exceptional – Good – Borderline – Weak and indicate the candidate’s relative performance in each paper.
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