Stage 2 | Assessment Type 3: Text Study - PART A

Stage 2
Assessment Type 3: Text Study

Exam Investigation External assessment Weighting: 30%

The English Literary Studies text study comprises two parts:

Part A – Comparative Text Study (15%)

Part A of the text study is assessed externally. Materials should be submitted online for marking by late September (Round 1).

A comparative text study that compares one of the texts studied in the shared studies with another text individually chosen by the student, in a response of a maximum of 1500 words. This response is a critical essay, in which the two texts are discussed in relation to each other. Students frame their own question and develop their response during the year, and submit the completed response for external assessment.

Teachers and external assessors appointed by the SACE Board assess the comparative text study, with reference to the performance standards.

The following specific features of the assessment design criteria for this subject are assessed in the comparative text study:

  • knowledge and understanding — KU1, KU2, and KU3
  • analysis — An1, An2, and An3
  • application — Ap2 and Ap3

Student work should be their own. All externally assessed investigations must be verified by a teacher. See Supervision and verification of student work.

Assessment tasks

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Stage 2 | Assessment Type 3: Text Study - PART B (1)

Part B: Critical Reading (15%)

Part B of the text study is an e-exam that is assessed externally. See the calendar for date of the examination.

It is a critical reading of one or more short texts. The short texts may be in a variety of forms (e.g. prose, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, texts with graphic or visual elements, or excerpts from film or soundtracks). 

It is a 100-minute examination.

The following specific features of the assessment design criteria for this subject may be assessed in the examination:

  • knowledge and understanding — KU1, KU2, and KU3
  • analysis — An1, An2, and An3
  • application — Ap2 and Ap3.

Preparing for the exam

There are many ways to prepare for an exam. Resources specifically for English Literary Studies are available below.

Past exams

Content in past exams may not be reflective of content in future exams.

Stage 2 | Assessment Type 3: Text Study - PART B (2)

Sample exams

Sample exams better reflect the types of questions students may be asked in future electronic exams. Questions may include media types which have not been possible in a paper exam (e.g. watching a video and responding).

Sample exams may not be provided for each year. They are only published when there is a significant change to the exam, like a new question type or new functionality.

Stage 2 | External assessment | Assessment Type 3 | 2021 sample e-exam

Preparing for future e-exams

With film and other digital texts enjoying equal text type status to prose, poetry and drama it’s exciting to consider it within our critical reading exam. The purpose of this sample exam is to signal what’s possible in future English Literary Studies exams so as such this is mostly symbolic of what’s possible.

Please share and discuss with colleagues, students and parents as you wish. We’d love for you to have a look and provide any feedback you might have.