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iRubric: Essay Exam Rubric

iRubric: Essay Exam Rubric

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Essay Exam Rubric

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Rubric Code: T6C75A
Score answers to essay exams.
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Keywords: essay exam
Categories: Subjects: Communication   Humanities   Philosophy   (General)  
Types: Exam   Assignment  
Grade Levels: Undergraduate

Powered by iRubric Quality of Response
  Poor/Unsatisfactory
(N/A)
Basic/Satisfactory
(N/A)
Solid/Good
(N/A)
Expert/Excellent
(N/A)
Content
Poor/Unsatisfactory

The essay illustrates poor understanding of the course material by (1) failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; (2) failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; (3) ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and (4) incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology.
Basic/Satisfactory

The essay illustrates rudimentary understanding of the course material by: (1) mentioning, but not fully explaining, the relevant content; (2) identifying some of the key concepts/ideas (though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them); (3) using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and (4) incorporating some key claims/points, but failing to explain the reasoning behind them (or doing so inaccurately).
Solid/Good

The essay illustrates solid understanding of the course material by correctly: (1) addressing most of the relevant content; (2) identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; (3) using correct terminology; (4) explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and (5) (where necessary or useful) substantiating some points with accurate examples.
Expert/Excellent

The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the course material by thoroughly and correctly: (1) addressing the relevant content; (2) identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; (3) using correct terminology; (4) explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims; and (5) (where necessary or useful) substantiating points with several accurate and original examples.
Reasoning
Poor/Unsatisfactory

The essay reflects substandard or poor reasoning by: (1) failing to synthesize the material or doing so inaccurately; (2) failing to make connections between ideas/claims/points or doing so inaccurately; and (3) failing to evaluate the issue or problem.
Basic/Satisfactory

The essay reflects basic reasoning by:
(1) synthesizing some of the material, though remains vague and undeveloped; (2) making a few connections between ideas/claims/points, but ignoring or inaccurately connecting others; (3) evaluating the issue/problem at a very basic/superficial level; and (4) ignoring assumptions and implications.
Solid/Good

The essay reflects fairly strong reasoning by:
(1) synthesizing material, (2) making appropriate connections between some of the key ideas/claims/points; (3) accurately evaluating the issue/problem; and (4) identifying ad discussing key assumptions and/or implications.
Expert/Excellent

The essay reflects expert reasoning by:
(1) synthesizing material; (2) making connections between relevant ideas/claims/points; (3) presenting an insightful and thorough evaluation of the relevant issue or problem; (4) identifying and discussing important nuances in the relevant material; and (5) identifying and discussing key assumptions and/or implications.
Use of Sources
Poor/Unsatisfactory

Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of the document is not recognizable as either MLA or APA format.
Basic/Satisfactory

Although references to Sources are occasionally given, but many statements seem unsubstantiated. There are frequent errors in APA or MLA format leaving the reader confused about the source of information and ideas.
Solid/Good

Sources are used effectively to support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA or MLA format may be used with a few minor errors.
Expert/Excellent

Sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA or MLA format is used accurately and consistently.
Writing
Poor/Unsatisfactory

The essay does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to: (1) inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; (2) reliance on disjointed and incomprehensible thoughts and clauses; and (3) lack of recognizable organization.
Basic/Satisfactory

The essay is often unclear and difficult to follow due to: (1) some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; (2) ideas sometimes being fragmented, wondering and/or repetitive; and (3) poor organization.
Solid/Good

The essay is mostly clear as a result of: (1) appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; (2) minimal number of tangents and lack of repetition; and (3) fairly good organization
Expert/Excellent

The essay is clear, and concise as a result of: (1) appropriate and precise use of terminology; (2) absence of tangents and coherence of thoughts; and (3) logical organization of ideas and thoughts.



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