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iRubric: College Admission Essay rubric

iRubric: College Admission Essay rubric

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College Admission Essay

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Rubric Code: B24875
If your paper is not at least 500 words (2 pages) in length you will receive an Incomplete (INC) on your paper. If you receive an Incomplete on your paper, you must complete the required word length before the instructor will grade it.
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Categories: Subjects: English  
Types: Writing  
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  Good
5 pts
Fair
3 pts
Needs Improvement
1 pts
Poor
0 pts
Review Score
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MLA Format & Length
0 pts
Good

The writer followed all MLA Format requirements and the length of the essay is at least 500 words and does not exceed 525 words (2 pages) typed.
Fair

The writer followed most of the MLA Format requirements and the essay is at least 500 words and does not exceed 525 words (2 pages) typed.
Needs Improvement

The writer followed most of the MLA Format requirements and the essay is at least 500 words, but it may be slightly over 525 words (2 pages) typed.
Poor

The writer did not meet most of the MLA Format requirements, but the essay is at least 500 words. It may exceed well over 525 words (2 pages) typed.
Review Score


Introduction
5 pts
Good

The introduction contains an attention-grabbing opening statements that lead to a thesis statement.
Fair

The introduction contains some attention-grabbing opening statements that lead to a thesis statement.
Needs Improvement

The introduction has few attention grabbing statements and/or the attention-grabbing statements do not clearly lead to the thesis statement/topic.
Poor

There is no attention-grabbing introductory sentence included in the introduction.
Review Score


Thesis Statement
10 pts
Good

The thesis statement clearly and concisely presents the topic and how it will be classified.

The thesis statement is placed correctly.
Fair

The thesis statement is somewhat vague in how it presents the topic and/or how it will be classified.

The thesis statement is placed correctly.
Needs Improvement

The thesis statement is vague in how it presents the topic and/or how it will be classified.

The thesis statement may not be placed correctly.
Poor

There is no clear thesis statement.
Review Score


Adding Personality
5 pts (Voice)
Good

The writer seems to be writing from knowledge or experience. The author has taken the ideas and made them "his own."
Fair

The writer seems to be drawing on knowledge or experience, but there is some lack of ownership of the topic.
Needs Improvement

The writer relates some of his own knowledge or experience, but it adds nothing to the discussion of the topic.
Poor

The writer has not tried to transform the information in a personal way. The ideas and the way they are expressed seem to belong to someone else.
Review Score


Body: Focus & Support
10 pts
Good

Each body paragraph contains a definite topic sentence with sufficient supporting details that clearly support the thesis statement and assignment.
Fair

Each body paragraph contains a definite topic sentence with supporting details that mostly support the thesis statement and assignment.
Needs Improvement

Each body paragraph has a topic sentence with some details that support the thesis statement and assignment.
Poor

The paragraphs do not contain a topic sentence and/or contains a random collection of information that does not support the thesis statement and assignment.
Review Score


Sequencing & Organization
0 pts
Good

Details are placed in a logical order and the way they are presented effectively keeps the interest of the reader.

The essay includes five distinct paragraphs: Introduction, three body paragraphs, and conclusion.
Fair

Some details may not be in a logical order or expected order, and this distracts the reader.

The essay includes five distinct paragraphs: Introduction, three body paragraphs, and conclusion.
Needs Improvement

Many details are not in a logical order or expected order. There is little sense that the writing is organized.

The essay includes five paragraphs: Introduction, three body paragraphs, and conclusion; however, they may not be clearly presented.
Poor

Most of the details are not in a logical or expected order. The writing is clearly not well organized and/or thought out.

The essay does not include five paragraphs (Introduction, three body paragraphs, and conclusion).
Review Score


Transitions
0 pts (Organization)
Good

A variety of thoughtful transitions are used. They clearly show how the ideas are connected.
Fair

Most transitions work well; but connections between other ideas are unclear.
Needs Improvement

Some transitions work well; but connections between other ideas are unclear or nonexistant.
Poor

The transitions between ideas are unclear or nonexistant.
Review Score


Support for the Topic
5 pts (Content)
Good

Relevant, telling, quality details give the reader important information that goes beyond the obvious or predictable.
Fair

Supporting details and information are relevant, but a few issues or portions of the storyline are unsupported.
Needs Improvement

Supporting details and information are relevant, but several key issues or portions of the storyline are unsupported.
Poor

Supporting details and information are typically unclear or not related to the topic.
Review Score


Conclusion
5 pts
Good

The conclusion is strong. It summarizes the main points of the essay and restates the thesis statement without repeating the exact statement.

The conclusion leaves the reader with something to think about.
Fair

The conclusion is mostly effective. It summarizes most of the main points of the essay and restates the thesis statement.
The conclusion may not leave the reader with something to think about.
Needs Improvement

The conclusion is somewhat effective. It may not summarize the main points or restate the thesis without repeating the exact statement.
The conclusion does not leave the reader with something to think about.
Poor

There is no clear conclusion, the paper just ends.
Review Score


Ideas and Word Choice
1 pts (The WOW! Factor)
Good

The essay contains at least 4-5 examples of very interesting or thought-provoking ideas and/or word choice.
Fair

The essay contains 3 examples of very interesting or thought-provoking ideas and/or word choice.
Needs Improvement

The essay contains 1-2 examples of very interesting or thought-provoking ideas and/or word choice.
Poor

The essay contains 0 examples of very interesting or thought-provoking ideas and/or word choice.
Review Score


Grammar & Spelling
10 pts (Grammar, Spelling, Mechanics, and Word Choice)
Good

The writer makes a few or no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Fair

The writer makes some errors in grammar and spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Needs Improvement

The writer makes many errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Poor

The writer is consistently making too many errors in grammar and spelling that causes the reader to be unable to comprehend the content of the paper.
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