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Analyze an Argument

The Analyze an Argument section of the test requires you to critique an argument and discuss the logical soundness of it. You are not required to agree or disagree with it. You have 30 minutes to plan and write your critique. Following is the grading scale for the Argument essay. Remember that the highest possible score is a 6.

SCORE

 

 

6 OUTSTANDING


A 6 essay presents a cogent, well-articulated discussion of the issue and demonstrates mastery of the elements of effective writing.

 

A typical paper in this category:

 

—clearly identifies and insightfully analyzes important features of the argument
—develops ideas cogently, organizes them logically, and connects them smoothly with clear transitions
—effectively supports the main points of the critique 
—demonstrates superior control of language, including diction and syntactic variety 
—demonstrates superior facility with the conventions (grammar, usage, and mechanics) of standard written English but may have minor flaws

 

 

5 STRONG


A 5 paper presents a well-developed critique of the argument and demonstrates a good control of the elements of effective writing.

 

A typical paper in this category:

 

—clearly identifies important features of the argument and analyzes them in a generally thoughtful way
—develops ideas clearly, organizes them logically, and connects them with appropriate transitions 
—sensibly supports the main points of the critique 
—demonstrates clear control of language, including diction and syntactic variety 
—demonstrates facility with the conventions of standard written English but may have minor flaws

 

 

4 ADEQUATE


A 4 essay presents a competent critique of the argument and demonstrates adequate control of the elements of writing.

 

A typical paper in this category:

 

—identifies and capably analyzes important features of the argument
—develops and organizes ideas satisfactorily but may not always connect them with transitions
—supports the main points of the critique
—demonstrates adequate control of language, including diction and syntax, but may lack syntactic variety
—displays control of the conventions of standard written English but may have some flaws

 

 

LIMITED


A 3 paper demonstrates competence in its critique of the argument and in its control of the elements of writing but is clearly flawed.

 

A typical paper in this category exhibits one or more of the following characteristics:

 

—does not identify or analyze most of the important features of the argument, although some analysis is present
—is limited in the logical development and organization of ideas
—offers support of little relevance and value for points of the critique
—uses language imprecisely and/or lacks sentence variety
—has occasional major errors or frequent minor errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics

 

 

2 SERIOUSLY FLAWED


A 2 paper demonstrates serious weaknesses in analytical writing skills.

 

A typical paper in this category exhibits one or more of the following characteristics:

 

—does not understand, identify, or analyze main features of the argument
—does not develop ideas or is disorganized
—provides little, if any, relevant reasonable support
—has serious and frequent problems in the use of language and sentence structure
—contains frequent errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics that interfere with meaning

 

 

1 FUNDAMENTALLY DEFICIENT


A 1 paper demonstrates fundamental deficiencies in analytical writing skills.

 

A typical paper in this category exhibits one or more of the following characteristics:

 

—provides little evidence of the ability to understand and analyze the argument or to develop an organized response to it. 
—has severe and persistent errors in language and sentence structure 
—contains a pervasive pattern of errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics, thus resulting in incoherence

 

 

0

Any response totally illegible, or obviously not written on the assigned topic receives a score of zero.

 

Using the scoring criteria for the Analyze an Argument essays, make sure that your writing demonstrates that you can:

 

—identify and analyze important features of an argument

—develop ideas clearly and logically, using appropriate transitions

—support ideas

—express ideas in standard written English, using appropriate diction





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