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

Stage 2 | Subject outline | assessment-design-criteria

Assessment design criteria

The assessment design criteria are based on the learning requirements and are used by:

  • teachers to clarify for the student what they need to learn
  • teachers and assessors to design opportunities for the student to provide evidence of their learning at the highest possible level of achievement.

The assessment design criteria consist of specific features that:

  • students should demonstrate in their learning
  • teachers and assessors look for as evidence that students have met the learning requirements.

For this subject, the assessment design criteria are:

  • communication
  • comprehension
  • analysis
  • application.

The specific features of these criteria are described below.

The set of assessments, as a whole, must give students opportunities to demonstrate each of the specific features by the completion of study of the subject.


The specific features are as follows:

C1 Clarity and coherence of written and spoken expression, using appropriate vocabulary.
C2 Use of appropriate textual conventions for audience and purpose.


The specific features are as follows:

Cp1 Comprehension of information, ideas, and perspectives in texts.
Cp2 Comprehension of ways in which the creators and readers of texts use language features and stylistic features to make meaning.


The specific features are as follows:

An1 Analysis of ways in which creators of texts convey information, ideas, and perspectives.
An2 Analysis of social, cultural, and/or technical language that supports effective communication in different contexts.


The specific features are as follows:

Ap1 Selection and use of a range of language and stylistic features to convey information, ideas, and perspectives in a context.
Ap2 Creation of texts for different purposes using appropriate textual conventions, in real or imagined contexts.