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Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge Ordinary Level

SUBJECT 3248/01
Paper 1 Second Language Urdu May/June 2016
MARK SCHEME
Maximum Mark: 55

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Part 1 Directed Writing

The syllabus specifies that the candidates are to write an essay in Urdu of about 150 words.
Examiners are to read up to 200 words and ignore any further writing.

Language (out of 9) Content (out of 6)

8–9 Very good 5–6 Very good


Confident use of complex sentence patterns; Detailed, clearly relevant and well illustrated;
generally accurate; extensive vocabulary; good coherently argued and structured.
sense of idiom.

6–7 Good 4 Good


Generally sound grasp of grammar in spite of Sound knowledge and generally relevant; some
quite a few lapses; reads reasonably; some ability to develop argument and draw
attempt at varied vocabulary and sentence conclusions.
patterns.

4–5 Adequate 3 Adequate


A tendency to be simple, clumsy or laboured; Some knowledge, but not always relevant; a
some degree of accuracy; inappropriate use of more limited capacity to argue.
idiom.

2–3 Poor 2 Poor


Consistently simple or pedestrian sentence Some attempt at argument, tends to be sketchy
patterns (basic sentence structure) with or unspecific; little attempt to structure an
persistent errors; limited vocabulary. argument; major misunderstanding of question.

0–1 Very poor 0–1 Very poor


Only the simplest sentence patterns; little Vague and general; ideas presented at random.
evidence of grammatical awareness; very limited
vocabulary.

Q1 Length

2 Marks Stop reading after 200


words

2 Marks If length is less than


150 words deduct
language mark by 1

2 Marks Content marks Language marks


available

5/6 9

3/4 7

1/2 5

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Part 2 Letter Report Dialogue or Speech [20 Marks]

The syllabus specifies that the candidates are to write a response in Urdu of about 200 words.
Examiners are to read up to 250 words and ignore any further writing.

Language (out of 15) Content (out of 5)

13–15 Very good 5 Very good


Confident use of complex sentence patterns; Detailed, clearly relevant and well illustrated;
generally accurate; extensive vocabulary; good coherently argued and structured.
sense of idiom.

10–12 Good 4 Good


Generally sound grasp of grammar in spite of Sound knowledge and general relevant; some
quite a few lapses; reads reasonably; some ability to develop argument and draw
attempt at varied vocabulary and sentence conclusions.
patterns.

7–9 Adequate 3 Adequate


A tendency to be simple, clumsy or laboured; Some knowledge, but not always relevant; a
some degree of accuracy; inappropriate use of more limited capacity to argue.
idiom.

4–6 Poor 2 Poor


Consistently simple or pedestrian sentence Some attempt at argument, tends to be sketchy
patterns (basic sentence structure) with or unspecific; little attempt to structure an
persistent errors; limited vocabulary. argument; major misunderstanding of question.

0–3 Very poor 0–1 Very poor


Only the simplest sentence patterns; little Vague and general; ideas presented at random.
evidence of grammatical awareness; very limited
vocabulary.

2b 2a

2 Reasons for taking part … 2 marks

2 Reasons against taking part … 2 marks

Conclusion (Yes / No) … 1 mark

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Content … 3 marks (available)

Language … 9 marks (available)

Please note that if the content is ZERO language


will be ZERO

Content marks Language marks


available

5 15

4 12

3 9
Content marks Language marks
3 6
available
1 5
5 15

4 12

3 9

3 6

1 5

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Not Acceptable English Urdu acceptable Marks

1) Let's be honest 1

2) life can be tough for 2


young people these
days.

3) Wherever you live, it 2


can be hard to find a
good job.

4) One thing that helps 3


is having computer
skills,

5) especially if you know 3


how to write
computers’ own
languages.

6) In the modern world it 2


has become a new
trend,

7) mainly because it is a 3
very useful and
practical skill.

8) Nowadays classes 4
have been set up for
young people in
many countries,

9) where they can learn 2


to write different
programmes

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10) Experts run these 3


classes teaching
young people how to
build websites and
games.

11) The only condition is 4


that students are
expected to pass on
their knowledge and
skills to others

12) The organiser of 3


these classes said
"You learn more when
you're learning
together with different
people.

13) If you want to get on 3


in this world of
computers then you
have to be familiar
with its language.

14) Computers have their 3


own language and
the best programmers
I know are like poets

15) who can use it to 2


produce beautiful
work.

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