Q. How do I get a level 6 essay up to a level 7 essay? It is comparing 2 poems. Thank you!
Well, using my experience of marking the SAT.s, there are lots of things I can suggest for you. Do remember, though, that a level 6 is what is expected for your age at the end of KS3: great if you're achieving above that, but nothing wrong with getting the level you're expected to either!
* spelling and punctuation should be more or less perfect for level 7. Even more complex words should be spelt correctly, and some of the more complicated forms of punctuation - like colons and semi-colons - should be being used correctly
* paragraphs. These should be obvious, helping the answer's structure and following a logical argument
* with poetry, the usual "poetic" labels should be used and then analysed eg. simile, personification, onomatopoeia, metaphor, alliteration etc
* sad to say, but your handwriting might make a difference too! Neat, clear handwriting has the advantage that it will be read! If your handwriting is difficult to read, a tired examiner, with 100's of scripts, might not give you the benefit of the doubt and bother to read your answers carefully. So...make it easy for him/her by having legible handwriting
* using the text in your answer. Perhaps the most obvious distinction between level 6 and 7, especially with text work, is their confidence with the text. Using the text, means quoting relevantly, and explaining it...not just what it means, but how it relates to the point you're making
There, I hope I've helped a little. Good luck!
Submitted by: Rachael, (Age 14)
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