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A 6 essay demonstrates a high degree of competence in writing, though it may have minor errors. An essay in this category

  • addresses the topic clearly and responds effectively to all aspects of the task.
  • explores the issues thoughtfully and in depth
  • appeals to the audience specifically and appropriately
  • is clearly focused, well organized, and well developed
  • uses pertinent examples and detail for support
  • displays syntactic variety and a clear command of the language
  • demonstrates clear facility in expression and diction

A 5 essay demonstrates competence in writing though it may have minor errors. An essay in this category

  • clearly addresses the topic, but may respond to some aspects of the task more effectively than others
  • shows some depth and complexity of thought
  • appeals to the audience appropriately
  • is focused, well-organized, and developed
  • uses examples and details for support
  • displays syntactic variety
  • demonstrates facility in expression

A 4 essay demonstrates adequate competence in writing; it may have occasional errors in mechanics and syntax. An essay in this category

  • addresses the topic, but may slight some aspects of the task
  • may treat the topic somewhat simplistically
  • appeals to the audience appropriately
  • is focused and adequately organized and developed
  • uses some details or examples but may tend to generalize
  • demonstrates adequate facility in expression and diction

A 3 essay demonstrates some ability in writing, but it will be clearly flawed, an inappropriate and inadequate response to the task at hand. An essay in this category will have one or more of the following weaknesses

  • distorts or neglects aspects of the task
  • lacks focus or demonstrates confused or simplistic thinking
  • lack of consideration of audience's needs and interests
  • unclear focus, inadequate organization or development
  • lack of variety in sentence patterns
  • limited facility in clear expression and diction
  • an accumulation of errors in mechanics, syntax or usage

A 2 essay suggests minimal writing ability. It will reveal one or more of the following weaknesses

  • confusion about the topic or neglect of important aspects of the task
  • lack of focus and coherence; failure to communicate ideas
  • inappropriate response to audience
  • disorganization or incomplete development
  • excessive generalization or irrelevant detail
  • serious and multiple errors in mechanics, syntax or usage

A 1 essay demonstrates incompetence. A paper in this category is marked by any of the following weaknesses:

  • inappropriate response to audience
  • incoherence of expression or illogical connection between ideas
  • severe under-development
  • major and repeated problems in grammar and sentence formation