ESL 133 Final Essay Scoring Rubric

133 Final Essay Scoring Guide

This scoring guide is designed to assess the readiness of an ESL 133 student for ESL 141.

Clear Pass (4)
- consistently controls simple verb forms and appropriately uses progressive and perfect verb forms
- consistently uses correct noun (including gerund, infinitive and causative), adjective, and pronoun forms
- varies sentence structures, and selects connecting words and punctuates correctly
- uses mostly correct spelling
- has a thesis statement that answers the question, topic sentences, introduction, body, and conclusion
- responds well to the topic with specific supporting details and/or illustrations

Pass (3)
- generally controls simple verb forms (with correct subject-verb agreement) and inconsistently takes advantage of opportunities to use progressive and perfect verb forms
- generally uses correct noun (including gerund, infinitive and causative), adjective, and pronoun forms
- attempts some sentence variety with some inappropriate connecting words and punctuation
- has some spelling errors of less common English words
- has introduction, body, and conclusion but may lack a clear thesis and topic sentences
- responds to the topic with some details and illustrations, perhaps with excessive generalizations

Not Pass (2)
- uses inappropriate and/or ill-formed simple verb forms, progressive and perfect verbs, and may overuse progressive forms
- uses noun (including gerund, infinitive and causative), adjective, and pronoun forms inconsistently
- uses mostly simple sentences and/or sometimes inappropriate connecting words and/or punctuation
- consistently spells common words incorrectly
- has some features of essay form but may have unclear paragraph separation
- responds to the topic with few details, and is possibly repetitious

Fail (1)
- often uses inappropriate and/or ill-formed simple verb forms, avoids progressive and perfect verb forms, or may overuse progressive forms
- frequently uses noun (including gerund, infinitive and causative), adjective, and pronoun forms inconsistently
- uses almost entirely simple sentences or often uses inappropriate connecting words or punctuation
- frequently misspells structure and content words
- lacks clear essay form, and may be one paragraph
- does not respond to the topic or does so only tangentially or briefly