JC A-Level H1 GP AQ: Examination Tips
This Application Question example for A-Level General Paper focuses on Social issues, specifically Marriages.
In our GP tuition lessons, this was assigned as one timed-practice assignment in class. One script for the H1 GP AP is graded the elusive “A”, another a “B” and yet another “C”. Read through the 3 answers and decide which one is which. Do not in advance that all the answer for the AQ example are written by JC students themselves, and all grammar errors have not been corrected.
(Feel free to ask our tutors for General Paper when you see them in class or the GP intensive revision tutorials.)
QUESTION: (AQ) Using both passages:
Should marriage be a legal contract between individuals or a non-binding relationship based on love and trust? Illustrate your arguments by referring to both passages and by using the knowledge of your own country. 
Suggested Full Answers to GP AQ Example:
JC GP Application Question Script 1:
Grading & Marks for Application Question (AQ)
The following is a typical marking grid and general marking scheme for AQ in the Compre paper for JC General Paper:
|Mark Range||Marking Descriptors|
|6-8||takes a clear stand |
gives clear reasons for stand
shows appreciation and evaluation of arguments in passage
makes specific references shows understanding of chosen society
consistent reference to to context / society (eg Singapore) shown throughout answer
points clearly illustrated with examples relevant examples are clearly explained
well-organised (topic sentences, signposting etc)
purpose of each paragraph clearly discernible
awareness of opposing arguments shown
answer starts and concludes wellRequirements highly relevant, addresses the question and meets the requirementsExplanation: shows a good understanding of the issuesEvaluation providedCoherence: coherent well-organised Proper structure provided. Arguments flow well. good evaluation of the issues and arguments raises in the passages, apt examples from outside the passage.
Of the 3 scripts, out of a total of 8 marks, which one got a 3, 5 or 8 mark respectively? (Recall: The marking criteria are Relevance, Explanation, Evaluation and Coherence.)