Various models have been proposed to interpret ac susceptibility curves measured on sintered high-To superconductors (HTSC) and to deduce parameters like critical current densities and critical fields. To get more clearness, systematic studies of position and height of the intergranular maximum in χ'' have been performed on several ceramic HTSC samples in dependence of both ac field amplitude and sample size. In the present paper, the data are used to discuss the various models proposed in the literature. It is shown that modifications of the critical state model using incorrect jc(Hi) functions as well as other interpretations of the χ'' peak yield not actually intrinsic but sample size and geometry dependent parameters. The dependence of both position and height of the intergranular maximum in χ '' on ac field amplitude and sample size can be explained in the framework of a modified critical state model using a power law for the jc(Hi) dependence.