The only mark scheme that I’m aware of is that for each question:
1) 2 wrong words will deduct 0.5 marks. But if that 1 wrong word will affect the meaning of the sentence, the teachers can also deduct 0.5 marks immediately.
2) Wrong sentence structure (not fluent), a minimum of 0.5 marks will be deducted.
3) Wrong pronoun or include pronoun for the “fill-in-table” question, 0.5 marks will be deducted.
4) Write more than necessary, marks will also be deducted.
Some parents do have similar misconception that if my child’s answers are similar to the model answers, he or she should be given more marks.
Marks are not given based on the keywords alone, but whether the children understand the passage and the through the formation of the sentences, able to convey the message clearly is what the teachers are looking out for.
Unlike English compre where children need to rephrase the sentences, the children can copy the sentences (changing the pronoun to a third-person perspective). Some children can be ‘kay kiang’ and answer based on their own understanding, which will of course cost him or her marks.