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    How does paper 2 of English A: Language and Literature differ between HL and SL (or any other Languages for that matter)? (I am referring to the subject with first examinations in 2013, not the old A1 syllabus)

    I know that the questions are exactly the same, and yet SL are given only 1h30, while HL are given 2h? I was thinking there must be something that would compensate for SL’s shorter time allocation?

    I don’t think it is due the number of texts, as even though HL students are taught 3 texts, they are not required to compare and contrast all 3. A minimum of 2 texts is required for all questions, as far as I am aware.

    Is the markscheme for SL paper 2 different from HL? I have read both and the band descriptors of each criteria don’t seem to differ.

    Must I then assume that examiners will mark more harshly on an HL paper 2 than they would on an SL paper 2? As in, an essay that gets a 7 at SL may only get a 6/5 at HL?? So an essay that’s considered “pertinent and insightful” at SL may not be so at HL? But by what standards though?
 
 
 
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