I’ve been teaching some entity of DP English for a while now and it’s a general consensus that one of the more demanding assessments of both courses is the IOC, the Individual Oral Commentary. The IOC is essentially an oral essay based on a small segment of a work of literature. It it tough, it requires students to know a lot of content and applicable knowledge, but what probably makes the assessment the most challenging is the nature of the assessment. It’s a one-off, high stakes assessment. What you do that day, is your grade and it’s a decent chunk of their final grade. More demanding is that it is essentially an oral essay. It requires students to speak about some often very lofty, academic, and intellectual literary concepts, within a tight time frame, looking directly at their teacher in from of some electronic recording device. It’s extremely stressful. Additionally, they really have no idea what extract they will be receive. The are three works by three authors and students will always have their favorite and the one they do not want.