Section B Comparative Essay Mark Scheme

 

 

 

General Criteria

A*

36-40

Candidates show originality of analysis and interpretation when evaluating texts. They make cogent and critical responses to texts in which they explore and evaluate alternative and original interpretations. They show flair and precision in developing ideas with reference to structure. Candidates make subtle and discriminating comparisons, where appropriate, within and between texts.

 

A

31-35

Candidates show analytical and interpretative skill when evaluating texts, making cross references where appropriate. They develop their ideas and refer in detail to aspects of language and structures making apt and careful comparison, where appropriate, within and between texts.

 

B

26-30

Candidates develop a perceptive personal response which shows analytical skills when exploring texts. There is understanding of the techniques by which meaning is conveyed and of ways in which the reader may respond. They support their responses with detailed references to language, theme and structure.

 

C

21-25

Candidates make personal and critical responses to texts which show insight into the ways in which meaning is conveyed. They refer to aspects of language, structure and themes to support their views.

 

D

16-20

Candidates make a personal response to texts which shows understanding of meaning and some of the ways in which it is conveyed. They comment on aspects of structure, language and theme as well as expressing their views.

 

E

11-15

Candidates make a personal response to texts which shows familiarity when commenting on key ideas, themes, events and characters. They make inferences and deductions and identify some features of language and structure. They refer to aspects of the text when explaining their views.

 

F

6-10

Candidates make a personal response to texts which shows awareness of key ideas, themes, events and characters. They refer to aspects of texts when explaining their views.

 

G

3-5

Candidates make a basic response to texts. They identify some aspects of content, characters or situations.

 

U

1-2

Candidates make a limited response to texts.