Question Weighting.

Weighting, in this context, refers to how important each question or sub-question is in the assignment.

An example of Weighting – Buying a car

When we buy something we go through a process of “comparing the features, benefits and costs,” often without realising it. If you are buying a car you may think about the following things;

Reports - use the weighting in the marks

You then subconsciously work out how important these things are to you. So for example;

Assignments - use the weighting in the marks

This shows the weighting (importance) of these aspects of the car to you.

So, coming back to your all-important assignment, if the questions are:

Essays - use the weighting in the marks

Here there are 5 questions that are weighted differently. So for a 1000 word report you need to divide the word-count and your effort to approximately match the weighting of the marks.

Again, using common sense, sometimes a part can be answered well in less than the theoretical weighted word count and with less than the theoretical effort and time. This means that you can then spend more time and more words explaining another part.

If the weighting of the questions in the assignment is unclear, discuss this with your teacher.


Essays - Use the marking guide