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Assessment Objectives (first exam 2009)

The Assessment Objectives, or AOs, are common to all examination boards and form the basis on which all your work is marked. Different boards might put the AOs in different parts of their specification, but they all have to be covered to the same degree, whichever course you are following. The Assessment Objectives are listed below. The official version is in plain font; an explanation follows each in italics. Different tasks are assessed using different objectives, so you need to know which are relevant for each task.

AO1 articulate creative, informed and relevant responses to literary texts, using appropriate terminology and concepts, and coherent, accurate written expression

This is about the quality of your own writing, your organisation of argument, appropriate literary register and language, ability to use quotations and control of grammar

AO2 demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts

This is the analytical part of the assessment, testing your ability to employ detailed literary analysis and link the ideas to your overall argument

AO3 explore connections and comparisons between different literary texts, informed by interpretations of other readers

Tasks in the exams and in coursework will require you to compare texts. You are also expected to show your awareness of the critical debate around a text, the way other readers have, or may, respond to it.

AO4 demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received

Your argument, where appropriate, needs to be informed by your awareness of the context - this can be biographical, historical, literary, historical, political - anything which is relevant and modifies your understanding.