A/B/C Grade Examples
Business and Economics
Grade A Candidates are able to recall a substantial body of relevant information and present a well structured response to the question, identifying a range of issues. They are able consistently to integrate descriptive and evaluative material, make connections where appropriate, demonstrate strong analytical and problem-solving skills and construct a sound, coherent and relevant argument, supported appropriately.
Grade C Candidates recall a sound body of information and are able to relate it to issues raised by the questions. They demonstrate some analytical and problem-solving skills, make connections and present a sound argument with some use of authority or other evidence.
Grade E Candidates provide generally accurate accounts of some relevant, descriptive material and/or identify issues raised by the question, identify connections and offer a basic evaluation drawing simple conclusions.
Grade A-B Detailed Descriptions
- Apply the language of reasoning in an appropriate and precise way to the context.
- Demonstrate a secure understanding of the overall structure of the argument.
- Identify subtle and complex arguments accurately, for example, distinguishing intermediate from main conclusion and/or recognising a counter argument where present.
- Recognise and evaluate particular types of reasoning, using appropriate methods.
- Identify flaws in reasoning, explaining accurately what is wrong.
- Recognise and clearly articulate assumptions that are necessary for the argument to work.
- Evaluate critically the credibility of evidence using a range of appropriate criteria.
- Where appropriate, interpret and clarify key terms and ideas.
- Communicate an effective argument clearly, accurately and coherently using appropriate language.
- Present their own relevant further arguments with exemplification and a measure of persuasion, for example giving a counter and/or supporting argument that focuses on the correct conclusion.