Depending on the question itself, sometimes students may be able to bullet point their answers and achieve good marks.
For example, for shorter tariff questions, such as 1 or 2 marks, students can bullet point their answers.
For longer mid tariff questions, such as 4 and 6 mark questions, it depends on the command word as to how the student needs to answer. For example, it is hard to fully access the top mark band for an “explain” question using bullet points, as these tend to make a list of points, rather than fully developing a point.
To access the top-level mark bands, students need to be showing some level of depth and a clear understanding.
For 13 mark questions, they should write continuous prose in order to access the top mark band. The quality of their extended response is being assessed and is part of the marking criteria.