Friday 30 September 2016

Five practical tips on filling in the AP1 form

Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30

'Students will have to achieve higher marks in key subjects in order to be considered for certain college courses - although in others the minimum grade required will drop' Stock photo: Depositphotos
'Students will have to achieve higher marks in key subjects in order to be considered for certain college courses - although in others the minimum grade required will drop' Stock photo: Depositphotos

The AP1 is a form, available at the viewing centre, on which errors can be brought to the attention of the appeal examiner. It can only be filled in outside the viewing room.

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It is a challenge to ensure everything is recorded on the AP1 form given the lengthy scripts and because writing instruments such as pens, pencils or any other electronic recording devices such as mobile phones, are not permitted in the viewing centre.

A colleague, who has been through the appeals process a number of times, has offered these essential tips:

1 Leave a rough sheet of paper and pen (as well as the AP1 form) outside the viewing centre.

2 If you discover an error in how the paper was marked, leave the viewing centre and record the number of the question and answer you are disputing and the reason why you are disputing the non -awarding of marks for your answer, on your rough sheet of paper. e.g. "Question 10 (c) I covered all the points on the marking scheme and only scored 9 out of 12 marks."

3 Repeat step 2 as many times as required for the duration of time it takes you to go through your exam paper.

4 Hand back your exam paper and marking scheme to the Organising Superintendent at the viewing centre.

5 Transcribe your notes from your rough sheet of paper onto the AP1 form and request that the AP1 form should accompany your appeal application.

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