Answered By: Emily Dahlen
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2017     Views: 509

The rubric used to score doctoral writing assessment essays focuses on three aspects of writing:

  • Clarity and development of ideas
  • Organization
  • Grammar and mechanics

Essays are scored on a scale of 0-5 in each of these categories, with 5 indicating the highest possible score. 

If you score 4 or 5 on the assessment essay, then your writing assessment requirement is complete, and you will be recommended (not required) to review instructional materials on the Walden Writing Center website. Papers that receive a score of 4 or 5 meet these basic writing characteristics:

  • Central idea is clear and related to the prompt, and ideas are developed
  • Ideas are organized with paragraphing and transitions
  • Use of grammar and mechanics is straightforward and effectively conveys meaning

If you score 3 on the assessment essay, then you will complete one required writing course (WCSS 6060G/6061G Graduate Writing II). Papers that receive a 3 are often connected to the prompt. The organization and paragraphing may be unclear, however, and grammar and mechanical issues may distract the reader from meaning.

If you score 0, 1, or 2 on the assessment essay, then you will complete two required writing courses (WCSS 6050G/6051G Graduate Writing I and WCSS 6060G/6061G Graduate Writing II). Papers that receive a 1 or 2 typically stray from the prompt or appear unrelated to the prompt, are disorganized with loosely organized paragraphs or no clearly defined paragraphs, and have grammar and mechanical errors that limit or impede access to ideas. 

If you score 0 on the assessment essay, indicating you did not submit an essay for assessors to review, then you will complete two required writing courses (WCSS 6050G/6051G Graduate Writing I and WCSS 6060G/6061G Graduate Writing II).

If you score 99 on the assessment essay, indicating the essay exhibited evidence of plagiarism as indicated by academic integrity software, then you will complete two required writing courses (WCSS 6050G/6051G Graduate Writing I and WCSS 6060G/6061G Graduate Writing II).

Students will be able to view the assignment prompt and the rubric used for scoring while enrolled in their DRWA 8000G/8001G Doctoral Writing Assessment course.

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