Spelling, punctuation and grammar marks

Assessment of spelling, punctuation and grammar

From January 2013 onwards, spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) is assessed separately in externally assessed units in GCSE English Literature, Geography, History and Religious Studies. This applies to all students taking these exams including those with special educational needs, dyslexia and disabilities such as a visual or hearing impairment.

Assessing SPaG when students use a scribe or word processor

Students using a scribe or word processor can access some, or all, of the marks available for SPaG provided there is sufficient evidence that it is their work. The JCQ scribe cover sheet attached to their scripts must show what was dictated or which facilities were disabled on the word processor.

Students using a scribe can access marks for SPaG as follows.

  • Students who dictate their answers are eligible for marks awarded for grammar. This is a third of the total marks awarded for SPaG.
  • Students who dictate their answers and indicate punctuation are eligible for marks awarded for punctuation and grammar. This is two thirds of the total marks awarded for SPaG. The cover sheet must indicate that both punctuation and grammar were dictated.
  • Students who dictate their answers, indicate punctuation and spell out every word are eligible for all SPaG marks. The cover sheet must indicate that spelling, punctuation and grammar were dictated.

Please see our SPaG page under Changes to GCSEs for more information