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Grade Ladder – Extended Writing
W Level 1 pass
  • Three correct points made in a logical order.
  • Sentences expanded with connective such as ‘because’ and ‘so’ to make a simple explanation of at least two points.
  • Most spellings correct.
  • Limited variety of sentence openers.
  • Use of some technical language.
Level 1 pass
  • Three to four correct points made in a logical order.
  • Sentences expanded with connective such as ‘because’ and ‘so’ to make a simple explanation of all points.
  • Written in paragraphs that flow using a variety of sentence openers.
  • Use of some technical language.
Level 2 Pass
  • Four to five relevant points made in a logical order.
  • Sentences expanded with one or more connectives to explain all of the points.
  • Written in paragraphs that flow using a variety of sentence openers.
  • A range of subject-specific technical language used.
  • An example is used as evidence to justify some points.
Level 2 Merit
  • Six relevant points made in a logical order.
  • Sentences expanded with one or more connectives to explain each of the points in detail.
  • Written in paragraphs that flow using a variety of sentence openers and language.
  • A good range of subject-specific technical language used and mostly spelt correctly.
  • An example is used as evidence to justify most points.
Level 2 Distinction
  • A good range of relevant points (7), made in a logical order, covering all parts of the question.
  • Sentences expanded with connectives to explain each of the points in detail. Punctuation used accurately to ensure flow.
  • Written concisely, in paragraphs that flow.
  • Full range of subject-specific technical language used with most words spelt correctly.
  • Examples to justify all key points.
Level 2 Distinction*
  • A good range of relevant (8), accurate points made in a logical order, covering all parts of the question.
  • Sentences expanded with connectives to explain each point in detail and show a thorough knowledge
  • Punctuation used accurately to ensure flow.
  • Written in paragraphs that flow using formal, sophisticated language in a concise way.
  • Full range of subject-specific technical language used and spelt correctly.
  • A range of examples used as evidence to justify all key points.