IB English A: Language & Literature: Criteria

When preparing for the Paper 1 exam, you should familiarize yourself with its assessment criteria. If you know what examiners are looking for, then you are more likely to write effectively and score well. Self assessment, peer assessment and teacher assessment are key to preparing for this exam. You will want to practice by writing Paper 1s from previous years. An overview of both the SL and HL Paper 1 criteria...

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Claire Finnerty 30 November 2016 - 13:06

Can you provide examples of excellent and very good in paper 1 SL and HL? The SL already have an easier task of one text. They also have the helpful guiding questions. Thanks.

Tim Pruzinsky 30 November 2016 - 23:00

Hi Claire,

If you click on the "P1 Sample Work" on the left hand side of this page, you'll find a ton of examples for both HL and SL. I think you'll find what you are looking for there.


Michelle Nagel 3 December 2016 - 14:03

Good evening
Hello there
Are guiding questions in Paper 1 SL compulsory to be used by the student in their analysis of the chosen text?

Tim Pruzinsky 4 December 2016 - 12:04

Hi Michelle,

The guiding questions aren't compulsory, but they do point out some obvious things to analyze. It makes sense for students to deal with them in some way.

They can choose to work with them extensively because the guiding questions support their interpretation. On the other hand, they can choose to do so sparingly because the guiding questions do not lend themselves to the argument the student is trying to make.

It's going to be up to the student and it is going to be dependent on the argument he or she is making.


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