Readers will use the following criteria to evaluate your Writing Proficiency essay(s).

1.  Expresses a mature and sophisticated claim that responds clearly 
     to the question asked.

  1.   Introduces the reader to the writer’s main idea through a coherently expressed claim.

2.  Supports that claim with well developed and logically     
     organized reasoning.

  1.  Uses content that consistently supports the thesis or main idea. 

  2.  Essay develops according to a consistently recognizable structuring logic.

  3.  Essay meets required length through idea development

  4.  Writer consistently maintains relationships or connections between ideas within      
     paragraphs

  5.  Writer develops paragraphs consistently enough to keep readers focused on the
     thesis or main idea.

3.  Provides appropriate evidence to support reasoning.

  1.  Writer uses specific examples and details from the article to support judgment.

  2.  Writer uses specific examples and details from knowledge and/or experience to     
     support judgment.

  3.  Writer does not depend too exclusively on summary and/or critique of primary
     article to develop essay.

  4.  Writer does not depend too exclusively on example and/or personal experience     
     to develop essay.

  5. Writer does not support judgment with serious misinformation or information that     

     is inappropriate for junior-level university writers.

4.  Understands and/or writes to the expectations of an academic
     audience.

  1.  Writer uses relevant diction and stylistic conventions appropriate for junior-level     
     university writers.

  2.  Essay does not contain grammatical errors that consistently distract the reader     
     and/or obscure the writer’s meaning.

  3.  Essay does not contain spelling errors that consistently distract the reader and/or     
     obscure the writer’s meaning.