Assessment Specifications

Level 2 Drama 2020

(Updated in April 2020)

General information


Drama Studies

Mode of assessment

Written examination


91215  91219

Information relating to both achievement standards

Candidates will be required to name and provide details of the drama / theatre form or the live performances.

Candidates may be required to respond in any combination of written response (paragraphs) and illustration (sketches and/or diagrams).

Diagrams or sketches will be assessed on the quality of information conveyed and not their artistic merit (i.e. simple stick figures are satisfactory). Candidates should annotate their diagrams or sketches to provide specific detail and to explain their answers.

A glossary of terms will be included at the start of the examination papers. The definitions of terms are as outlined in the Achievement Standards Explanatory Notes for each standard, i.e. features for 91215, and elements, conventions, techniques, and technologies for 91219.

Specific information for individual achievement standards




Discuss a drama or theatre form or period with reference to a text



Number of credits


Format of the assessment

As for previous years, this examination paper will consist of three questions. 

Content/context details

Candidates should be familiar with character relationships, traditional audiences, performance conventions, and themes and ideas.

Questions may cover a combination of features of the drama or theatre form and period and the evidence of these in the text studied.




Discuss drama elements, techniques, conventions and technologies within live performance



Number of credits


Format of the assessment

Candidates will be required to respond to questions on:

  • a drama performance that they have viewed as a member of the audience in the 2020 calendar year. This may include watching a live drama performance that has been recorded with, or intended for, a live audience. Any viewed performances, whether live or recorded, should provide opportunities for candidates to meet the requirement of the standard at all grade levels.

Candidates may choose to respond to questions on:

  • a live drama performance they have participated in as an actor in the 2020 calendar year, but this is not mandatory for 2020 examinations.

Content/context details

Candidates should be familiar with audience placement, and with the use of drama techniques, conventions and technologies.

Questions may cover a combination of elements, techniques, conventions and technologies.

Drama subject page

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