In terms of Arguments

  1. Engage the issues raised in the question
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the controversial nature of the issues at hand
  3. Give local, regional and global examples, both current and/or historical
  4. Write cogently and logically with a balanced, mature and reflective tone
  5. Having considered opposing arguments, be able to take a stand on the issues and explain the reasons for doing so.

In terms of Language

  1. Fluent, grammatical English
  2. Meaningful organization
  3. All the paragraphs should link together logically, cohesively and coherently in terms of unity of purpose
  4. A varied vocabulary, demonstrating appreciation of the richness of the English language