Written Work Criteria

In assessing items of submitted written work, selectors will bear in mind the criteria listed below. Selectors will take into account the circumstances under which the work was written, in their best judgment, having regard for the information provided on any attached sheets and to comments made by teachers where these exist. Such circumstances might include the time allowed for the exercise, the level of the exercise and the resources made available to candidates.

  • critical reading and critical looking, when applicable
  • an analytical approach
  • coherence of argument
  • precision in the handling of concepts and in the evidence presented to support points
  • precision, clarity and facility of writing
  • relevance to the question, when applicable
  • art historical imagination, when applicable (that is, the ability to ground an argument in visual analysis and to make connections between art works and their historical context)
  • originality, when applicable