SPM TIPS: English for Science and Technology (EST)
Understanding how the SPM English for Science and Technology (EST) is marked will help you perform better. Familiarise yourself with how the EST is marked and what you need to do score.
A* - Excellent (29-30 marks)
All the criteria for Grade A are satisfied.
Appropriate tone and terminology are used.
A convincing piece of scientific writing.
B – Competent (19-23 marks)
Full realisation of the task set.
All the content points given are utilised and elaborated.
Viewpoints are reasonably well analysed and justified.
Accurate use of language with some minor errors.
C – Satisfactory (13-18 marks)
Partial achievement of the task set.
Some of the content points given are utilised and elaborated.
Viewpoints are satisfactorily analysed and justified.
Some minor errors and gross errors in language.
D – Modest (7-12 marks)
Unsatisfactory attempt at the task set.
Some of the content points given are utilised and minimally elaborated.
Viewpoints are unsatisfactorily analysed and justified.
Many gross errors in language.
E – Weak (1-6 marks)
Insufficient attempt at the task set.
Content points are merely mentioned.
Viewpoints are neither analysed nor justified.
Language is wrong.
Based on the schema, candidates can easily score a Band A or B by not making gross errors besides providing at least one elaboration and additional information for each point. Grammatical and spelling mistakes can be easily avoided if you double check your work.
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