Question Weighting.

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

An example of Weighting – Buying a car.

As example I like to use with students is buying a car. When we buy something we go through a process of “comparing the features and costs,” often without realising it. When buying a car we may think about the following things;

We then subconsciously work out how important these things are to us. So for example;

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

So, coming back to the exam, if the questions are:

Here there are 5 questions that are not equally weighted. So for a 2 hour exam we need to divide the time to approximately match the weighting of the marks.

Again, using common sense, sometimes a question or sub-question can be answered well in less than the theoretically weighted time. This means that we can then spend more time and more words answering another question.

During reading time, if the weighting of the questions or sub-questions in the exam is unclear, I recommend students discuss this with their teacher if they are present.