ASE Holistic Scoring

Holistic Scoring Rubric:



6
Superior command of written language. The essay has an opening and closing. It has a single, distinct focus; it is unified, coherent, and well-developed. There is a logical progression of ideas. It is fluent and cohesive, and the compositional risks are handled successfully. The details are effective, vivid, explicit, and/or pertinent. There are very few, if any, language usage errors, sentence errors, or mechanical errors. Programmatically a score of six, six on the placement exam could exempt a student from English Composition I (ENG-101).
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5
Strong command of written language. The essay has an opening and closing. It has a single focus, a sense of unity and coherence, and key ideas are developed. There is a logical progression of ideas. It is moderately fluent, and it attempts compositional risks. The details are appropriate and varied. There are few errors in language usage, sentence construction, and mechanics.
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4
Good command of written language. The essay generally has an opening and closing. It has a single focus. In the essay, ideas are loosely connected and transitions are evident. There is an uneven development of the supporting details, but in general it is adequate. There are some language usage errors and sentence construction errors that do not interfere with meaning. There is no consistent pattern of mechanical errors; the mechanical errors do not interfere with meaning. Programmatically a score of four, four on the placement exam will place a student into English Composition I (ENG-101).
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3
Adequate command of written language. The essay may lack an opening and/or closing but usually has a single focus. In the essay, there are some lapses or flaws in the organization, but there is an attempt at organization. It may lack some transitions between ideas. Details are repetitious and/or unelaborated. Language usage shows errors and/or a pattern of errors. Sentence construction has errors and shows little variety in syntax. Patterns of mechanical errors are evident. Programmatically a score of three, three on the placement exam will place a student into Writing Skills III (ENG-023).
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2
Partial command of written language. The essay may lack an opening and/or closing. It attempts to focus but may drift or shift focus. There are attempts at organization, and there are few, if any, transitions between ideas. Details lack elaboration. There are numerous language usage errors. Sentence construction is excessively monotonous (same structure), and there are numerous errors. There are numerous mechanical errors. Programmatically a score of two, two on the placement exam will place a student into Writing Skills II (ENG-022).
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1
Inadequate command of written language. The essay may lack an opening and/or closing. It shows a minimal response to the topic and an uncertain focus. No planning is evident in the essay, and it is disorganized. Details are random, inappropriate, and/or barely apparent. There is no apparent control of language usage, and there are severe and numerous errors. Sentence construction shows an assortment of incomplete and/or incorrect sentences. Mechanical errors are so severe that they detract from meaning. Programmatically a score of one, one on the placement exam will place a student into Writing Skills I (ENG-021).
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Content/organization: communicates intended message to intended audience, relates to topic, opening and closing, focused, logical progression of ideas, transitions, appropriate details and information.

Language usage: tense formation, subject-verb agreement, pronoun usage/agreement, word choice/meaning, proper modifiers.

Sentence construction: variety of formations and correctness of construction.

Mechanics: spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.