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GCSE English: Writing Grade Descriptors (A*-C)

To achieve a grade C, you will need to:

  • Use a wide vocabulary and range of sentence structures to achieve particular effects and to sustain your readers interest
  • Use paragraphs, accurate spelling and punctuation to make your meaning clear, and to make your ideas fit together
  • Present attitudes, opinions and viewpoints clearly and coherently
  • Use an impersonal style where the task requires it
  • Entertain and interest your reader
  • Write coherent and interesting narratives, descriptions or reflections that contain well-developed characters and settings
  • Adapt the contents, style and layout of your writing to suit your purpose and audience

To achieve a grade B, you will need to:

  • Write in a coherent and controlled way, always matching your style and layout to your audience and purpose
  • Use accurate and interesting grammatical structures in your sentences
  • Use paragraphs, accurate spelling and punctuation to make your meaning clear and fluent
  • Present complex ideas and points of view clearly and in detail
  • Be precise when explaining the results of your analyses
  • Give powerful accounts of real or imagined experience
  • Use vocabulary choice, stylistic and structural devices to enhance your meaning

To achieve a grade A, you will need to:

  • Shape and control your writing, using a range of different styles to suit different audiences and purposes
  • Use a wide range of grammatical constructions accurately
  • Construct paragraphs effectively and link them to make your organisation clear
  • Choose complex vocabulary and punctuation techniques and use them accurately
  • Express ideas coherently, logically and persuasively
  • Explain and weigh up different views, opinions and attitudes
  • Create original effects using structural devices and vocabulary
  • Produce sustained and committed writing in appropriate forms

To achieve a grade A*, you will need to:

  • Write in a sophisticated manner according to your purpose and audience
  • Use a wide vocabulary and a precise, fluent style in which grammar, spelling and punctuation are faultless
  • Express complex ideas, arguments and subtleties of meaning in analysis exercises
  • Express lucid personal interpretations of ideas, texts, evidence etc
  • Shape and craft language and structure to achieve sophisticated effects
  • Use Standard and (where appropriate) non-standard forms and language convincingly and effectively

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