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Final Thoughts On Holistic Scoring

When reading an essay holistically, follow these guidelines:

  • Spend no more than one to two minutes reading the essay.
  • Score the essay immediately—assigning a 1, 2, 3, or 4.
  • Avoid looking for specific errors or error patterns.
  • Do not mark corrections on the essay.
  • Don’t second-guess yourself by changing a score.
  • Use the GED Essay Scoring Guide as your reference.
  • Refer back to the sample papers in this training as examples of 1, 2, 3, or 4 papers to help you keep the qualities of each level in mind.
  • Avoid comparing different students’ essays. Let each essay stand on its own merits.
  • Be aware of personal biases. Don’t let your personal expectations or reaction to the content or tone of a paper influence the score.
  • Don’t expect perfection. Remember, this is only a 45-minute draft.