What is a passing score?

Fundamentals of Writing I students must score 70% or better on the objective test and two scores totaling "9" or better on the essay test to exempt Fundamentals of Writing II.

Fundamentals of Writing II students must score 70% or better on the objective test and two scores totaling "6" or better on the essay test to pass Fundamentals of Writing II.

To score the essays, the evaluators will be using a six-point rubric developed by the State of Florida "Scoring Criteria".

Seminole State college prep instructors will score the exit essays without knowing the identity of the student writers. The instructors will use holistic scoring, which is a process for judging the quality of writing samples. Holistic scoring has been used for many years by professional testing agencies for credit-by-examination, state assessment, and teacher certification programs.

Essays are scored holistically, that is for the total, overall impression they make on the reader, rather than analytically, which requires careful analysis of specific features of a piece of writing. Holistic scoring assumes the skills which make up the ability to write are closely interrelated and that one skill cannot be separated from the others. Thus the writing is viewed as a total work in which the whole is something more than the sum of the parts. A reader reads a writing sample quickly, once, obtaining an impression of its overall quality and then assigns a numerical rating to the paper based on judgments of how well it meets a particular set of established standards.

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