Grade descriptors

Describing levels of achievement. They vary in detail for each subject group.

GRADE

DESCRIPTOR

Grade 1

(Very weak)

Minimal achievement in terms of the objectives.

Grade 2

(Weak)

Very limited achievement against all objectives. The student has difficulty in understanding the required knowledge and skill, and is unable to apply them fully in normal situations, even with support.

Grade 3

(Below average)

Limitedachievement against most of the objectives, or clear difficulties in some areas. The student demonstrates a limited understanding of the required knowledge and skills and is only able to apply them fully in normal situations with support.

Grade 4

(Satisfactory)

A good general understanding of the required knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them in normal situations. There is occasional evidence of the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Grade 5

(Good)

A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them in a variety of situations. The student generally shows evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation where appropriate and occasionally demonstrates originality and insight.

Grade 6

(Very Good)

A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them in awide variety of situations. Consistent evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation where appropriate. The student generally demonstrates originality and insight.

Grade 7

(Excellent)

A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them almost faultlessly in a wide variety of situations. Consistent evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluations where appropriate. The student consistently demonstrates originality and insight and always produces work of high quality.