The kite runner
Assessment in the Diploma Programme
Assessment outline: School-supported self-taught students—SL
Assessment criteria are used to assess students for all assessment tasks. The assessment criteria are published in this guide.
For paper 1 there are four criteria.
For paper 2 there are five criteria.
For the written assignment there are five criteria.
The descriptors are related to the assessment objectives established for the language A: literature course. Different assessment criteria are provided for the written papers at SL and at HL. The part 1 written assignment has the same criteria at SL and at HL.
The external components contribute 70% to the final assessment at SL and at HL.
Note: All responses, written and oral, must be in the language A of the examination.
Written examination papers
At SL and at HL there are two examination papers that are set and assessed externally. They are designed to allow students to demonstrate their competencies in relation to the language A: literature assessment objectives and to specific parts of the syllabus. Paper 1 is linked to the skill of literary analysis and paper 2 is linked to the works studied in part 3: literary genres. At HL, paper 1 also requires students to demonstrate their competency in writing a literary commentary.
In both examination papers students are expected to support their answers with specific references to literary texts—in paper 1 with references to the unseen passage, and in paper 2 with references to the works studied in part 3. Retelling of the plot or content of a work or extract is not expected in any component of the assessment.
At SL and at HL students are required to complete an assignment of 1,200–1,500 words, with a reflective statement of