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Score of Four/Matthews/Fall 2016

Ariana Matthews
English 5
September 9, 2016

Week 2: Diagnostic Essay - Score of Four
An essay that I felt I bombed occurred in my last year of high school. I was in my AP
English Literature class and my teacher made it a habit of surprising the entire class with essays.
Unlike most in the class, I had kept up my reading and when I saw the prompt I instantly knew
what to write about. So, I got to work and turned it in with confidence. A few days later, I
received my grade for the essay and it was an AP score of four.
The AP scale scores between one and nine; and I was accustomed to receiving fives,
sixes, and occasionally sevens. Scoring a four on an essay I felt confident about made me doubt
myself and my writing abilities. Even some of my classmates who hadn’t kept up with the
reading needed to answer the prompt had gotten a better score, and it was very upsetting.
That night, I reviewed the notes of my teacher left on my paper and understood her
criticism. After going back through my essay I could easily point out the flaws. My paper drifted
from the prompt as I got to gathering evidence and my thesis could have been written with more
understanding as to what I was going to be discussing in the paper. The score dampened my
enthusiasm for writing, and as a result I doubted myself a lot more in the class. My next essay
score was better I went more carefully into what I was going to put on the paper. I made sure I
prewrote my ideas and organized what I wanted to convey in the paper. I never received another
four on any of my essays, and I passed the class with an A.
English is still a passion of mine and I need a lot more practice and experience in writing
and analyzing other’s writing pieces. The low score on my essay opened my eye to see that I am

Score of Four/Matthews/Fall 2016

Ariana Matthews
English 5
September 9, 2016

very much still a novice writer and that all writing needs to be thought through carefully before
being written and viewed by others.