Score Scale for ESL Essay Test (e-Write)

Score Development Domain Description
1 Development is severely limited, and writing may be partially unrelated to the topic.
2 Development is limited and may include excessive repetition of prompt ideas and/or consistently simple ideas.
3 The topic is developed using very few examples, which may be general and somewhat repetitious, but they are usually relevant to the topic.
4 The topic is developed using reasons supported by a few examples and details.
5 The topic is developed using reasons supported by some specific examples and details. Evidence of critical thinking and/or insight may be displayed.
6 The topic is developed using sound reasoning, supported by interesting, specific examples and details in a full, balanced response. Evidence of critical thinking and/or insight may be displayed. Opposing viewpoints may be considered and/or refuted.

Score Focus Domain Description
1 Focus cannot be judged due to the brevity of the response.
2 Focus may be difficult to judge due to the brevity of the response; any digressions generally do not lead back to the task.
3 Focus is usually maintained on the main idea(s); any digressions usually lead back to the task.
4 Focus is adequately maintained on the main idea(s); any minor digressions lead back to the task.
5 Focus is maintained clearly on the main idea(s).
6 A sharp focus is maintained consistently on the main idea(s).

Score Organization Domain Description
1 Little or no organizational structure is apparent.
2 The essay shows an understanding of the need for organization. Transitional words are rarely if ever used. There is minimal evidence of a beginning, middle and end to the essay.
3 Some organization may be evident. Transitions, if used, are generally simple and predictable. The introduction and conclusion, if present, may be undeveloped.
4 The essay demonstrates little evidence of the logical sequencing of ideas, but there is an adequate organizational structure and some transitions are used. There is an underdeveloped introduction and there may be no conclusion.
5 The essay demonstrates sequencing of ideas that is mostly logical, and appropriate transitions are used to show relationships among ideas. There is a somewhat developed introduction and there may be a brief conclusion.
6 The essay demonstrates logical sequencing of ideas, and transitions are used effectively to show relationships among ideas. There is a well-developed introduction and the essay may have a brief but clear conclusion.

Score Language Use Domain Description
1 Sentences demonstrate little understanding of English word order, and word choice is often inaccurate. There are numerous errors in grammar and usage that frequently impede understanding.
2 Sentence structure is simple, with some errors evident in word order. Word choice is usually accurate but simple. Language control is inconsistent or weak, with many errors in grammar and usage, often making understanding difficult.
3 Most sentences are complete although some may not be correct or clear. Word choice is sometimes appropriate. Although a few errors may impede understanding, basic language control is evident and meaning is sometimes clear.
4 Some sentence variety is present, but some sentences may not be entirely correct or clear. Word choice is appropriate and varied. Although errors may be frequent, language control is adequate and meaning is usually clear.
5 A variety of kinds of sentences are present and are usually correct. Word choice is varied and occasionally specific. Overall, language control is good and meaning is clear.
6 A wide variety of kinds of sentences are present and usually correct. Word choice is varied and specific. Although there may be a few minor errors, language control is competent and meaning is clear.

Score Mechanics Domain Description
1 Errors are frequently severe and obscure meaning, or mechanics cannot be judged due to the brevity of the response.
2 Errors often distract and/or frequently interfere with meaning, or mechanics may be difficult to judge due to the brevity of the response.
3 Errors sometimes distract and they occasionally interfere with meaning.
4 Errors usually do not distract or interfere with meaning.
5 Some errors are evident but they do not distract or interfere with meaning.
6 Only minor errors, if any, are present and they do not distract or interfere with meaning.

ESL e-Write Analytic Score DomainsESL e-Write Analytic Score Weights
Development: the reasons, examples, and details that are used to support the stated or implied position35%
Focus: the clarity and consistency with which the main idea(s) or point of view is maintained10%
Organization: the clear, logical sequencing of ideas and the use of effective transitional devices to show relationships among ideas 15%
Language Use: variety and correctness of sentence structures and word choices, and control of grammar and usage (e.g., word order, word forms, verb tense and agreement) 35%
Mechanics: errors in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation in relation to meaning5%
Overall Score100%