I'm incredibly disillusioned with the marks for our AS speaking exams in January - we just had 2 Y13s resitting it (our Y12s will do theirs in summer) and the marks they got are just baffling. One of them was AMAZING, she answered every question I threw at her (including ones that were clearly in response to something she'd just said) with loads of opinions, extra details etc and had a fantastic accent and range of vocab/structures - it was without a doubt the best AS speaking I've done, and I've had candidates get A grades before. She got a middle B. The other candidate is much lower ability - she made quite a lot of grammatical errors, had reasonable pronunciation but still a very English accent, and her answers & the structures she used were fairly basic. She got a high C. The difference between the standards of the two candidates was massive, yet the marks they got were not very far apart at all - going on previous experience, I'd have put the first one on an A and the second on a D. If the second one deserved a good C, I'd have thought you'd have to invent a new grade above an A* for the first candidate! I'm really upset for candidate 1, because she really deserved a better mark than this - she worked her socks off and genuinely did a brilliant job of her speaking, and she's hoping to do French at uni next year. She really wants to improve and resit it in summer, but I honestly don't know what to tell her that she needs to improve because as far as I'm concerned (and other teachers who've listened to her recording agree), she did all of the things that should have put her in the top mark bands. I'd like to get it remarked, but my HoD is scared there's a risk they could mark her down and thinks it's better to just resit it in summer. Has anyone had any experience of getting speaking exams remarked?