At iGCSE you are judged based on four different criteria or assessment objectives:
AO1 show detailed knowledge of the content of literary texts;
AO2 understand the meanings of literary texts and their context, and explore texts beyond surface meaning to show deeper awareness of ideas and attitudes;
AO3 recognise and appreciate ways in which writers use language, structure, and form to create and shape meanings and effects;
AO4 communicate a sensitive and informed personal response.
However, this is boiled down into a chart describing different bands that your essay can fall in to. This is done on a best fit basis and is very subjective, but seems to work.
I’ve suggested what each band relates to in terms of a letter grade based on the idea that 90% = A*, 80% = A and so on. However, be aware that grade boundaries shift all the time and you usually can get away with a much lower mark.
|1||23-25 (A*)||Answers in this band have all the qualities of Band 2 work, with further insight, sensitivity, individuality and flair. They show sustained engagement with both text and task.|
|2||20-22 (A)||Sustains a perceptive, convincing and relevant personal response:
– shows a clear critical understanding of the text;
|3||17-19 (B)||Makes a well-developed, detailed and relevant personal response:
– shows a clear understanding of the text and some of its deeper implications;
|4||14-16 (C)||Makes a reasonably developed relevant personal response:
– shows understanding of the text and some of its deeper implications;
|5||11-13 (D)||Begins to develop a relevant personal response:
– shows some understanding of meaning;
|6||8-10 (E)||Attempts to communicate a basic personal response to the task:
– makes some relevant comments;
|7||5-7||Some evidence of simple personal response:
– makes a few straightforward comments;
|8||2-4||Limited attempt to respond:
– shows some limited understanding of simple/literal meaning.