Assessment Report

Level 1 Samoan 2021

Standards 90903  90906

 

Part A: Commentary

Candidates need to be aware that to answer the questions they first need to thoroughly understand the texts presented. Reliable vocabulary knowledge is the key here. In the listening standard (90903), candidates need to listen closely and take notes to aid memory. In the reading standard, re-reading and reference to the text are helpful, especially when dealing with more complex sentences that may involve nuanced or implied meanings. 

It is also important for candidates to read the question carefully and understand what is required in relation to the information they have heard or read. Candidates who addressed the questions closely, made clear statements, and used detail from the text to justify their answers, gained better grades.  Some candidates who answered questions using their own opinions and ideas and not related to the question resulted in lower grades.

Part B: Report on standards

90903:  Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken Sāmoan texts on areas of most immediate relevance

Examinations

Overall students did very well. The exam questions were aligned with the Assessment Specifications. Candidates who used the planning page to take notes as they listened were more likely to structure relevant evidence specifically to the question. Thus, providing a robust answer that was clear, succinct, and more likely to access the higher grades. Candidates who took some or no notes tended to lack examples and details to support their answers. Some candidates were disadvantaged when they repeated passages from the audio verbatim without putting their response into their own words.

Observations

Question One allowed candidates to show evidence of understanding about:

(a) what Setu wanted for his mother

(b) what Manu’s concern was (NOT Setu’s)

(c) how successful Setu was, in his mission to find a present for his mother.

 

Question Two candidates had to explain in their own words using ideas from the passage,

(a) why Timi was tired

(b) scene or activities that occur while Timi was sleeping

(c) their perspective of what Timi might experience in his sleep. Opportunities for excellence included justifying and explaining implied meaning of passage without entirely exporting bits from passage.

 

Question Three candidates had to discuss the implied meaning unambiguously and be clear with:

(a) filling in the table and describing three complaints and wishes using key ideas from passage.

(b) selecting an animal admired from the passage. Some candidates selected their own animal which was not mentioned in the listening.

(c) demonstrated understanding of the question and a robust response to the lesson(s) learnt from the passage.

Grade awarding

Candidates who were awarded Achievement commonly:

  • wrote some useful information in their listening notes and were able to write down their answers
  • demonstrated general understanding of the text and answered most parts of the question, enough to justify an achieved overall grade.

 

Candidates whose work was assessed as Not Achieved commonly:

  • presented answers which were not relevant to the questions, or did not answer all the questions
  • used incomplete phrases or single word answers instead of full sentences
  • used their own experience and ideas which were not relevant to the questions.

 

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Merit commonly:

  • selected relevant and detailed information and ideas from the texts to support their answers
  • demonstrated a good understanding of the language in the texts, including some of the more complex structures
  • wrote logical and focused answers.

 

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Excellence commonly:

  • took detailed listening notes to keep track of their understanding and expanded on the information they recalled
  • utilised a wide range of vocabulary
  • supported their answers fully with accurate and relevant information from the texts and showed understanding of nuances and implied meanings
  • answers were justified with ideas, explanation, and examples as well as perspectives.

90906:  Demonstrate understanding of a variety of Sāmoan texts on areas of most immediate relevance

Examination

Overall students did very well. The exam questions were aligned with the Assessment Specifications. Candidates should read the questions carefully before attempting an answer. They should avoid quoting from the text only; they are expected to interpret the text.

Candidates who read the text carefully were able to structure and provide evidence specifically to the question. Thus, providing a robust answer that was clear, succinct, and more likely to access the higher grades. Candidates who received a lower grade, referred to the text, but without explanations, reasons, or justification.

Observations

The assessment included three unfamiliar reading text which candidates were required to respond to. It required candidates to apply their understanding of the written texts and express it in their written responses. A critical response from the perspective of the reader was required, which involved the development of ideas and using examples from the text to support their discussion. It is important that candidates attempt all parts of all questions, so they provide sufficient evidence of their knowledge.

For example, Question One (b) and (c), asked what the most suitable jobs for Moana and Iosefa was based on the information from passage. Some candidates wrote about their personal choice outside of the passage. It is imperative that candidates read and understand the questions in both languages to consolidate what is asked of them

Grade awarding

C

Candidates who were awarded Achievement commonly:

 

  • provided responses that mainly answered only the first part of the question adequately
  • selected evidence from the text but did not connect it.

 

Candidates who were awarded not Achievement commonly:

  • demonstrated poor understanding of the stories and questions
  • provided responses which were out of context or limited and weak
  • quoted directly from the text without their own input.

 

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Merit commonly:

  • answered all parts of the questions to demonstrate understanding of the stories
  • provided detailed, connected evidence to support their responses.

 

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Excellence commonly:

  • demonstrated understanding of the context, nuance, and implied meanings
  • made good use of detailed, connected information from the text to support their argument.

 

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2018 (PDF, 96KB)

2017 (PDF, 38KB)

2016 (PDF, 202KB)

 
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