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English Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in May 2015 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2017.

Stage 2 | Subject outline | School assessment | Assessment Type 3: Comparative Analysis

Assessment Type 3: Comparative Analysis

Students complete a written comparative analysis of two texts and evaluate how the language features, stylistic features, and conventions in these texts are used to represent ideas, perspectives, and/or aspects of culture, and to influence audiences.

These texts can be selected from one or more of the following categories:

  • extended texts
  • poetry
  • drama texts
  • film texts
  • media texts.

In completing their comparative analysis students may draw on learning from, but must not use, texts read or viewed in other parts of the assessment program. However, students may use texts that are similar in type and purpose.

The comparative analysis must be a product of independent study, but it is appropriate for teachers to advise and support students in choosing texts to compare. Students must not complete the comparative analysis as a shared exercise.

The comparative analysis should be a maximum of 2000 words.

All specific features of the assessment design criteria for this subject are assessed in the comparative analysis.