The essay will be graded according to the content, organization, and technical facility.
- Each essay should make a single, dominant statement (usually called the central idea), and that statement should be adequately supported by the effective use of clear-cut substantiation and concrete illustration. It should be a substantial writing sample--at least four or five pages.
- The essay should adhere firmly to the subject to achieve unity; the topic idea of each paragraph should be adequately developed, and transitions between paragraphs should be clear and smooth to achieve coherence; and material should be effectively organized to achieve emphasis.
- The essay should be clearly and simply written and should follow the practices of standard English usage. It should be free of technical errors, especially those that confuse the meaning; avoid dangling modifiers, faulty pronoun references, faults in parallel construction, and run-on sentences. The essay should be free of errors in spelling.