ERIC Number: ED236222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Scoring the Essays: New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test.
New Jersey Basic Skills Council, Trenton.
The purpose of the essay portion of the New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test is to identify students whose English language skills are not sufficiently strong to ensure that they can successfully manage the writing required in regular freshman classes. Students are given 20 minutes to read and respond to the essay topic. The essays students produce usually are no more than one or two paragraphs long. The essays are scored holistically; that is, the essays are scored on the basis of the total impression they make on the reader. The standards for scoring are arrived at by consensus of the readers who score sample papers together. Readers are instructed to rank papers against each other, not against some ideal. Each essay is read and scored by two readers working independently. If the scores are "discrepant," the essay receives a third reading. On the six-point scale that is used, scores that differ by three points or more are considered discrepant. Sample essays receiving various scores are appended. (BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey Basic Skills Council, Trenton.
Identifiers: New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test
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