P1 HL S4 (hybrids)
This specimen paper offers an indication of the types of texts that could be expected on a higher level Paper 1. Although this specimen is not authorized by the IB, the texts have been selected in the spirit of the specimen papers provided by the IB:
- The level of complexity is similar to previous specimen papers
- The level of proficiency required by the students is equal to previous specimen papers
- The range of texts (when taken with P1 HL S5 (stress) is similar to previous papers
If you would like to practice with new, unseen texts in preparation for Paper 1, this page is a good starting point. Download this specimen Paper 1 and feel free to use it as a mock exam. Share your findings by commenting in the comment box below or sending an email to the InThinking support staff.
Contribute: Are you or your HL students willing to contribute to the InThinking Subject Site? Try writing a Paper 1 Comparative Commentary on either P1 HL S4 (hybrids) or P1 HL S5 (stress)). Downloadables are available on both pages for you to use in an exam-style situation.
Analyse, compare and contrast the following two texts. Include comments on the similarities and differences between the texts and the significance of context, audience, purpose, and formal and stylistic features.
After chief examiners mark the first few Paper 1 commentaries in an exam session, other examiners are sent marking notes. These are not intended to be exhaustive lists of points dictated to examiners. Rather marking notes are suggestions of points that students may raise. Examiners are encouraged to award students for mentioning these points or other appropriate points that students raise in their commentaries. Examiners are discouraged from deducting points for an absence of these points. Or, in the words of the IB:
The notes to examiners are intended only as guidelines to assist marking. They are not offered as an exhaustive and fixed set of responses or approaches to which all answers must rigidly adhere. Good ideas or angles not offered here should be acknowledged and rewarded as appropriate. Similarly, answers which do not include all the ideas or approaches suggested here should not be so heavily penalized as to distort appreciation of individuality
Assess the following sample according to the HL criteria for Paper 1.
Assess the sample work using the assessment criteria for Paper 1 before reading the examiner's comments below. Then compare your marks to the examiner's. Are they similar or different?
Criterion A - Understanding and comparison of the texts - 5 marks
The analysis should show and understanding of the similarities and differences between the texts. There needs to be a clear understanding of the target audience, the purpose and the context (where possible) of the text. The comparative analysis must be supported by relevant examples from the texts.
Criterion B - Understanding of the use and effects of stylistic features - 5 marks
The comparative analysis should show an understanding of how various stylistic features, such as tone, style and structure, are used to construct meaning. The analysis should comment on the effects that these features have on their target audience.
Criterion C - Organization and development - 5 marks
The analysis must be well-balanced, meaning that it treats both texts equally. Furthermore, it must be well-structured, coherent and organized.