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Review of art exam grade rigorous and fair
Tue, Mar 30, 2010
The Straits Times

MRS Jen Wee-Almodiel ('Relook the O-level process for reviewing art grading'; Monday) suggested the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) improve the process for reviewing the O-level Art examination grades.

The GCE O-level Art examination is jointly conducted by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and SEAB. It consists of a compulsory Coursework component and one of two optional components, Drawing and Painting or a theoretical paper, Study of Visual Arts.

Various levels of checks were in place during the marking process. Marking of each Coursework was done by examiners appointed by CIE and SEAB. The examiners studied all the submitted documents and the final artwork thoroughly before they came to an agreed mark for each of the processes assessed. Each of the processes in the coursework component contributed towards the final grade of the paper.

A senior examiner checked on the marking to ensure it was accurate and in accordance with the assessment criteria. The whole process was further verified by a chief examiner. The Drawing and Painting and the Study of Visual Arts papers were marked by examiners in CIE following a similar process.

The appeal process constituted a review of the assessment of all components of the subject opted by the student.

Senior local and overseas examiners, who were not the original markers, were appointed to assess all documents including the photographic evidence of the final artwork to evaluate whether the marks given were fair. If necessary, they would advise SEAB to recall the artwork for further verification.

In this instance, the examiners confirmed that the photographic evidence and documentation provided all necessary evidence to evaluate the accuracy of the marking. The use of photographic evidence is an accepted practice by examination boards.

SEAB takes every appeal seriously. We appreciate the feedback and would like to assure all candidates that SEAB works closely with CIE to ensure the processes of marking and reviewing appeals are rigorous and fair.

Raymond Lim
Director, Corporate Services
Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board

This article was first published in The Straits Times.

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