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How to Pass the IRSE Exam
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(09-05-2018, 01:41 AM)steak Wrote: If I answer a question, worth 5 marks,  in bullet point fashion can I therefore only use 5 points?
My thinking is if I use 8 but get 2 wrong will I still get 5 marks? Unless you are penalised by answering incorrectly ie like some marking systems. 
If I use 5 points but get 2 wrong will I only get 3 marks?

Any theories would be welcomed

No, use as many bullets as you wish.  
Bear in mind that if aiming to get 5 marks then you should expect to to write for 5 minutes.  So 5 bullets of a couple of words each will not be enough, but 5 bullets of a couple of sentences would be. Or 5 high level bullets then broken down with multiple sub bullets would also be suitable.

One of your main bullets could perhaps be “Routine Maintenance”  and then you could add under that:
- inspect
- clean
- lubricate
- measure
- adjust
Etc. To put some flesh onto the bones.

If it seems just to want a lot of ideas then perhaps just a bullet point list of the briefest explanation possible but lots of them, so perhaps 15.

You will only get marks for that which is right and relevant.  You won’t directly have marks subtracted for things being wrong or irrelevant, but you won’t get any marks for it and just waste of your valuable exam time; however I think that indirectly you might lose as it is all about giving examiner confidence in your knowledge and experience and if you lose that trust then you won’t benefit from “giving the benefit of the doubt”.  Now if your 3 good bullets had been good and solid (as well as being relevant) then it is potentially possible that the examiner might think each was worth 2 marks each; I have to say this is unlikely (and in that case you’d have spent 10 minutes on the question worth only 5 marks) but they wouldn’t deliberately subtract marks for the other 2 being wrong; however the impression that  I would gain from 3 good bullets is better than I would gain from 3 good and 2 bad.
If you had a choice of buying in a shop a pack of 3 batteries, or a pack of 5 batteries for the same price but being told that 2 of them were duff but you had to work out which they were, which pack would you buy?
PJW
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How to Pass the IRSE Exam - by PJW - 14-03-2011, 08:13 PM
RE: How to Pass the IRSE Exam - by Jerry1237 - 15-03-2011, 10:13 AM
RE: How to Pass the IRSE Exam - by Walter125 - 14-02-2012, 03:56 PM
RE: How to Pass the IRSE Exam - by steak - 09-05-2018, 01:41 AM
RE: How to Pass the IRSE Exam - by PJW - 09-05-2018, 08:11 PM
RE: How to Pass the IRSE Exam - by steak - 09-05-2018, 10:14 PM

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