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College Essay Rubric

PERSONAL/COLLEGE ESSAY RUBRIC

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Content

1. Starts with an engaging introduction and draws the reader into the topic

Weak

Fair

Good

Strong

2. Focuses on a specific, well-defined topic -- an incident, experience, person or idea

       

3. Tells an interesting story and elaborates with specific, vivid images and examples

       

4. Explains why the topic is important to the author; explains how the topic addresses the essay question

       

5. Ends with a satisfying conclusion

       

Organization

6. Follows a coherent pattern of organization (beginning, middle, end)

Weak

Fair

Good

Strong

7. Demonstrates proper and effective paragraphing

       

8. Uses transitional words and phrases to maintain coherence and establish sequence within and between paragraphs

       

Style

9. Uses a vivid, precise vocabulary that is appropriate for the essay's audience

Weak

Fair

Good

Strong

10. Uses a variety of clear, correct sentence structures

       

11. Written with a distinctive "voice" that conveys the personality of the writer

       

Conventions

12. Contains no more than one or two minor errors in grammar or usage

Weak

Fair

Good

Strong

13. Contains no more than one or two minor errors in spelling, capitalization or punctuation

       

14. Essay is typed neatly, with adequate margins and complete heading

       

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