I'll start by saying that I'm not a teacher, and I've had a lot of problems with how my teachers mark. Do you think that a question should be graded on the work done? The final answer? The ingenuity? etc etc... I personnaly think that the final answer should be worth a minimal amount, the main thing to analyse is the work. If a student makes a mistake on step 1 but uses the answers they found from Step 1 correctly through step 10, do they really deserve a 0? Why would you give someone who had it right until step 9 more points? A good example of this is actually from one of my geography tests. We had to draw a population graph. At the very top of my page I wrote: F(x) = x/20 000 (where 20 000 is the total population) What did I get on the question? 0. Because I was supposed to divide men by the male population and women by the female. ONE mistake made it so the rest of the (correct) work, such as the layout of the graph, the age groups, etc. Wrong. If I had merged 2 age groups I would have had 19/20. I also think ingenuity is worth marking, but not extensively. If a student can find a shortcut around a large problem, way to go. But if the problem says you have to do it one way, don't do it. I could go on, but I want to hear what others think first.