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Writing Rating Scale

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by Sabahattin Yeşilçınar | 07 Jul 2021
Resource Description: This tool was developed to assess writing assignments of EFL students. A traditional rubric is generally too wordy, so it is difficult for the rater to follow each criteria while assessing an assignment. For example, if it has five columns (such as Content, Organization, Vocabulary, Accuracy, and Mechanics), each column requires at least four lines that represent the scores. This means that a rater should focus on 20 boxes(5*4). However, this one is simplified; thus, it is rater friendly. 
Audience: Adult, University
Audience Language Proficiency: Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Type of Assessment Tool: It is a writing rating scale (rubric). It includes five features (Content, Organization, Vocabulary, Accuracy, and Mechanics), and each feature has two items. The rater needs to write the related score next to the each item. 
Area to be Assessed: Writing
Assessment Procedure:

The writing rating scale consists of five features (Content, Organization, Vocabulary, Accuracy, and Mechanics) and 10 items (each feature has two items). The rater needs to write the related score next to the each item. The rater should consider the scores given below the items because they were arranged in a systematic way. Each item can be scored as full agreement (4,3) or partial agreement (2,1).

For example, considering both items of Content, if you consider the first item is as 3,  then you can score the second item as 1. However, if you hesitate whether the item fits well, then you can fill in the second column in which the maximum score is 3 (if the first item is 2.25, the second is 0.75 or vice verse, or you score each item as 1.5). The same logic is valid for partial agreement that requires 2 as maximum score.

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TESOL Interest Section: English as a Foreign Language, Higher Education