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Used to describe a grade or score arrived at in the assessment of a candidate's work or performance, which falls on the dividing line between two grades or categories. Thus, if the candidate needed to achieve at least a mark of 40 per cent in order to gain a pass grade, and was awarded 39–41 per cent, they may be said to be a borderline case. Similarly, if the candidate needed to gain 70 per cent in two consecutive pieces of work in order to achieve a distinction, but gained 69 per cent in one and 71 per cent in the other, their work may be said to be a borderline distinction. Such borderline work is often double‐marked, moderated, offered for the consideration of an external examiner, or all three of these, in order to ensure the reliability of the final assessment decision.

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