Writing Test Scoring

Rubric Overview
Scoring your writing test
This analytic scoring rubric presents the standards by which your essay will be evaluated. The
following rubric overview will help you to better understand the dimensions of writing that this
assessment evaluates.
This task asks you to generate an argument that establishes a perspective on a given issue and
brings it into dialogue with other perspectives. In evaluating your response, trained readers will
use an analytic rubric that breaks the central elements of written argument into four domains:
Ideas and Analysis, Development and Support, Organization, and Language Use and
Conventions. As you review these domains, think about the role each plays in a written argument
that accomplishes its purpose.
Ideas and Analysis—Scores in this domain reflect the ability to generate productive ideas and
engage critically with multiple perspectives on the given issue. Competent writers understand the
issue they are invited to address, the purpose for writing, and the audience. They generate ideas
that are relevant to the situation.
Development and Support—Scores in this domain reflect the ability to discuss ideas, offer
rationale, and bolster an argument. Competent writers explain and explore their ideas, discuss
implications, and illustrate through examples. They help the reader understand their thinking
about the issue.
Organization—Scores in this domain reflect the ability to organize ideas with clarity and purpose.
Organizational choices are integral to effective writing. Competent writers arrange their essay in a
way that clearly shows the relationship between ideas, and they guide the reader through their
discussion.
Language Use and Conventions—Scores in this domain reflect the ability to use written
language to convey arguments with clarity. Competent writers make use of the conventions of
grammar, syntax, word usage, and mechanics. They are also aware of their audience and adjust
the style and tone of their writing to communicate effectively.

Scoring Rubric
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