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Scoring Guide

6  An essay receiving a score of six is excellent.
  •  Addresses all aspects of the prompt
  •  Has a clear and consistent focus
  •  Demonstrates consistent organization
  •  Develops ideas with sophisticated level of details and evidence, may reference outside sources
  •  Includes complex ideas
An essay receiving a score of six will show a high degree of competence, though it may contain minor errors in grammar and mechanics.

5 An essay receiving a score of five is solid.
  •  Addresses all or most aspects of the prompt
  •  Maintains a clear focus
  •  Is generally well organized
  •  Develops ideas with solid details and evidence, may reference outside sources
An essay receiving a score of five demonstrates competence, though it may contain minor errors in grammar and mechanics.

4 An essay receiving a score of four is adequate.
  •  Addresses the prompt adequately, though may slight part of the prompt
  •  Has an adequate focus
  •  Has identifiable organization
  •  Develops ideas with adequate details and evidence
An essay receiving a score of four demonstrates general competence, though it may contain minor lapses and some errors in grammar and mechanics.

3 An essay receiving a score of three is weak.
  •  Omits part of the prompt and/or treats the prompt superficially
  •  Drifts away from the topic and/or displays considerable irrelevancy
  •  Exhibits difficulties with organization and may contain repetition
  •  Lacks development of points and/or lacks supporting details and evidence
  •  May contain frequent errors in grammar or mechanics

2 An essay receiving a score of two is very weak.
  •  Ignores the prompt or addresses it only minimally
  •  Is thin or superficial in content
  •  Displays serious weaknesses in organization
  •  Lack development and/or lack details and evidence
  •  Has major errors in diction, grammar, and mechanics

1 A score of one is used for essays which show little or no understanding of the prompt or indicate incompetence in structure, syntax, and diction.

0 A score of zero is used for non-response essays and essays that are completely off the topic.