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Assessing with Rubrics

Test graders will use a rubric to judge the quality of your writing for assessment. They typically provide a score of 0–4, 0–6, or even 0–8 for each category on the rubric, such as Focus, Organization, Evidence, Language, and Conventions. Then they add up these scores and divide by the number of categories to get the overall average score. By using the following rubrics to judge your own assessment writing, you can become aware of what testers are looking for and can improve your scores in the future.

Assess with an argument rubric.

Use the following rubric to score argument or persuasive essays for assessment. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

This lesson is a part of the Practice Test for Reading and Writing Nonfiction unit.

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