General Assessment Criteria
purpose of the essay is specified
SUBJECT SPECIFIC GUIDELINES
▪ The research question must focus on the human past and not be of a trivial nature.
▪ The research question is stated in the introduction but is not clearly expressed or is too broad in
▪ The research question must be clearly and
scope to be treated effectively within the word limit.
▪ The research question is not stated in the introduction or does not lend itself to a systematic investigation. A Research Question
Assesses the extent to which the
exactly focused, and stated in both the abstract
▪ The research question is clearly stated in the introduction and sharply focused, making effective
and the introduction of the essay.
treatment possible within the word limit.
▪ Little or no attempt is made to set the research question into context.
▪ The introduction should NOT be used for
▪ There is little or no attempt to explain the significance of the topic.
lengthy, irrelevant background material.
▪ Some attempt is made to set the research question into context.
▪ It SHOULD be used to explain why the issue /
research question relates to
▪ There is some attempt to explain the significance of the topic and why it is worthy of
personality / event:
existing knowledge on the topic
(a) was important at the time
and explains how the topic is
▪ The context of the research question is clearly demonstrated.
(b) still has important lessons for today.
▪ The introduction clearly explains the significance of the topic and why it is worthy of
These two points should ideally be covered in
two separate paragraphs.
▪ There is little or no evidence that sources / data has been consulted.
▪ Students should aim to make use of both
▪ There is little or no evidence of planning in the