How can I assess my probable result before I hand in my assignment?

It can be disappointing to receive a lower mark than you'd anticipated, and gratifying when you receive a mark that was higher than you'd hoped. Your mark, however, is not based on some happy (or less happy) accident.

Your approach

Pay attention to the assessment criteria and the objectives of your assignment. It is possible to determine how well you will do by checking your assignment off against each level of your criteria. See How can I improve my marks? and How can I be more strategic with my assessment?. See also the section on 'Depth and breadth' in What's the difference between undergraduate and postgraduate?

Appreciate the effect of different year levels. In the off-campus mode, you may be undertaking your subjects from a mixture of year levels. You may notice that the requirements of a first-year essay may be more general than that of a third-year literature review. So, if you are getting credits in your lower year levels, you'll need to ramp up the critique for your third-year units if you'd like better marks.

Consider the importance of taking a position. Ask yourself if you have delivered a clearly developed, well-supported argument that integrates the literature on the issues. If so, you are more likely to get a higher mark. If, however, you've confined your discussion to generalities, then you're more likely going to be getting a middling mark.

Your mark is in your hands.

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