Essay Comments

Essay comments, derived from the scoring rubric, are selected by one of the readers to help students understand the strengths and weaknesses of their essays.

The comments appear in their entirety on the Student Report. The code numbers corresponding to the comments are listed on the High School and College Reports.

No Writing Results
01.The pages submitted for the Writing Test could not be scored. No score is possible if the pages were left blank or were marked void at the test center, or if the essay is illegible, is not written in English, or does not respond to the prompt. In any of these cases, no Combined English/Writing score or Writing subscore can be reported.
02.A Combined English/Writing score and Writing subscore can be reported only when there is a valid English score. Because there were no responses to any items on the multiple-choice English Test, no Combined English/Writing or Writing results can be reported.
Make and Articulate Judgments
20.Your essay responded to the prompt by taking a position on the issue.
21.Your essay responded to the prompt by taking a clear position on the issue.
22.Your essay acknowledged counterarguments on the issue but did not discuss them.
23.Your essay showed recognition of the complexity of the issue by addressing counterarguments.
24.Your essay showed recognition of the complexity of the issue by partially evaluating its implications.
25.Your essay addressed the complexity of the issue by fully responding to counterarguments.
26.Your essay addressed the complexity of the issue by evaluating its implications.
Develop Ideas
30.Your essay provided very little writing about your ideas. Try to write more about the topic.
31.The ideas in your essay needed to be more fully explained and supported with more details.
32.Your essay used some specific details, reasons, and examples, but it needed more of them.
33.Your essay adequately supported general statements with specific reasons, examples, and details.
34.General statements in your essay were well supported with specific reasons, examples, and details.
35.Your essay effectively supported general statements with specific reasons, examples, and details.
Sustain Focus
40.Your writing did not maintain a focus on the issue. Try to plan your essay before you write.
41.Your essay focused on the general topic rather than on the specific issue in the prompt.
42.Your essay maintained focus on the specific issue in the prompt.
Organize and Present Ideas
50.Your essay lacked organization. Try to plan and arrange your ideas logically.
51.Your essay was not clearly organized. Try to plan and arrange your ideas logically.
52.Your essay showed basic organizational structure, but the ideas needed to be more clearly connected.
53.The organization of your essay was adequate, but the rigid structure seemed to limit discussion.
54.Your essay was well organized, making it easy to understand logical relationships among ideas.
55.The logical sequence of ideas in your essay fit its persuasive purpose well.
Communicate Clearly
60.Grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors made your essay difficult to understand.
61.Grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors were distracting. Proofread your writing.
62.Using correct grammar and more varied sentence structures would improve your essay.
63.Using more varied sentence structures would make your essay clearer and more engaging.
64.Using more sentence variety and precise word choice would make your essay clearer and more engaging.
65.Some varied sentence structures and precise word choice added clarity and interest to your writing.
66.Your essay showed a good command of language by using varied sentences and precise word choice.