Oral Presentation Rubric

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Outstanding 4

Good 3

Acceptable 2

In serious need of improvement  1


Question or purpose of study clearly stated.

Points are clearly made and all evidence presented is relevant to question

Sufficient information that relates to thesis; many good points made but there is an uneven balance and little variation

There is a great deal of information that is not clearly connected to the thesis

Question not presented; information included that is not relevant to topic in question

Coherence and Organization

Thesis is clearly stated and developed; specific examples are appropriate and clearly develop thesis; conclusion is clear; shows control; flows together well; good transitions; succinct but not choppy; well organized

Most information presented in logical sequence; generally very well organized but better transitions from idea to idea and medium to medium needed

Concept and ideas are loosely connected; lacks clear transitions; flow and organization are choppy

Presentation is choppy and disjointed; does not flow; development of thesis is vague; no apparent logical order of presentation


Very original presentation of material; uses the unexpected to full advantage; captures audience's attention

Some originality apparent; good variety and blending of materials/media

Little or no variation; material presented with little originality or interpretation

Repetitive with little or no variety; insufficient use of multimedia


Slides highlight central concepts

Facilitate understanding of oral presentation

Font size large enough to facilitate reading

Outline format

Quantity of text adequate, not too lengthy

Use of multimedia not as varied and not as well connected to thesis

Choppy use of multimedia materials; lacks smooth transition from one medium to another; multimedia not clearly connected to thesis

Little or no multimedia used or ineffective use of multimedia; imbalance in use of materials—too much of one, not enough of another

Speaking Skills

Poised, clear articulation; proper volume; steady rate; good posture and eye contact; enthusiasm; confidence

Clear articulation but not as polished


Some mumbling; little eye contact; uneven rate; little or no expression

Inaudible or too loud; no eye contact; rate too slow/fast; speaker seemed uninterested and used monotone

Audience Response

Involved the audience in the presentation; points made in creative way; held the audience's attention throughout

Presented facts with some interesting "twists"; held the audience's attention most of the time

Some related facts but went off topic and lost the audience; mostly presented facts with little or no imagination

Incoherent; audience lost interest and could not determine the point of the presentation

Length of Presentation

Within two minutes of allotted time +/-

Within four minutes of allotted time +/-

Within six minutes of allotted time +/-

Too long or too short; ten or more minutes +/- below the allotted time