English Testing - Scoring Criteria Exit Test

Florida College Basic Skills Exit Test Writing Sample

 

Score of 6

The paper has a clearly established main idea that the writer fully develops with specific details and examples.  Organization is notably logical and coherent.  Vocabulary and sentence structure are varied and effective.  Errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics are few and insignificant.

Score of 5

The paper has a clearly established main idea that is adequately developed and recognizable through specific details and/or examples. Organization follows a logical and coherent pattern.  Vocabulary and sentence structure are mostly varied and effective.  Occasional errors in sentence structure, usage and mechanics do not interfere with the writer`s ability to communicate.

Score of 4

The paper has an adequately stated main idea that is developed with some specific details and examples.  Supporting ideas are presented in a mostly logical and coherent manner.  Vocabulary and sentence structure are somewhat varied and effective.  Occasional errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics may interfere with writer`s ability to communicate.

Score of 3

The paper states a main idea that is developed with generalizations or lists.  The paper may contain occasional lapses in logic and coherence and is mechanical.  Vocabulary and sentence structure are repetitious and often ineffective.  A variety of errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics sometimes interferes with the writer`s ability to communicate.

Score of 2

The paper presents an incomplete or ambiguous main idea.  Support is developed with generalizations and lists.  Organization is mechanical.  The paper contains occasional lapses in logic and coherence.  Word choice is simplistic, and sentence structure is disjointed.  Errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics frequently interfere with the writer`s ability to communicate.

Score of 1

The paper has no evident main idea.  Development is inadequate and/or irrelevant.  Organization is illogical and/or incoherent. Vocabulary and sentence structures are garbled and confusing. Significant and numerous errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics interfere with the writer`s ability to communicate.

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