« on: September 14, 2014, 10:02:46 PM »
If there's already been an adjustment up then the chances are that there might be some fluctuation in the marking for that paper. If it was hand marked by one examiner - is that the case with your board? I did hear a rumour that at least some specs might have returned to that. If it's marked on computer then I'm not sure why there'd be an adjustment (and certainly not a consistent adjustment across a centre as questions tend to be randomly dished out as far as I know - although that might depend on the paper and the board.
I have done remarks for one of the exam boards. Not for a few years, so the situation may have changed. This was certainly in the days of paper marking rather than using online systems.
The emphasis in the remark system (at the time and for that board) was always on making sure that the kids got a fair mark - but there was also a general desire to try and agree with the original marker if at all possible as well. If something was marked wrongly then you'd change the mark (well, I would anyway) but if it was a more subjective question and you were going for, say, either 4 or 5 and the original marks was a 4 then it probably wouldn't be changed.
So - is it worth it? With paper based stuff it might be if you target kids right at the grade boundaries. In my experience not many marks were changed by very much - although if there is already an adjustment then that will probably be based on an average variation - so you might get one or two go up a little more than the adjustment - so it might well be worthwhile. If the variation in the sample from that marker had been massive then the papers would probably have been remarked anyway (in my experience and a few years ago - that might not happen now).
If it's computer marked then I'd certainly go for remarks as the variation is, in my opinion, harder to adjust for and there's a fair chance that there might be some slightly off marking - which, in theory, might impact several questions from one candidate. But I am (probably) prejudiced against computer marking as well as I don't have a generally good feeling for it.
So - it sort of depends.
In terms of experiences from the other end? Another exam board that we used for one exam session; we paid for remarks for 15 or so kids. The remarks produced a whole pile of changes - one candidate +18 marks for example, others at +15, +10 etc... (out of 100 or so iirc). The exam board then refused to do anything about the reliability of marking across the centre and remark the other papers.
So, yeah - try it and you might get lucky :-)