AP Essay Rubric

Rubric for Writing in AP Literature and Composition

I will be using this rubric for all essay assignments.

9-8 These essays effectively and cohesively address the prompt. They offer a persuasive analysis and make a strong case for their interpretation. They cite appropriate devices called for in the question and use appropriate evidence from the text. The writing style is especially impressive, as is the interpretation and/or discussion of the specifics related to the prompt. Although these essays may not be error free, their perceptive analysis is apparent in writing that is clear, precise, and effectively organized.

Generally, essays scored a 9 reveal more sophisticated analysis and more effective control of language than those scored an 8.

7-6 These essays adequately address the prompt. They offer a reasonable analysis. The interpretation and/or discussion is on target and makes use of appropriate specifics from the text, but are not as fully developed as they could be. Although these essays may not be error free and may be less perceptive or less convincing than those in the 9-8 range, their ideas are presented with clarity and control and refer to the text for support.

Generally, essays scored a 7 present better-developed analysis and more consistent command of the elements of effective composition than do those scored a 6.

5 These essays demonstrate that the writer understands the prompt. They respond to the task with a plausible reading of the passage but tend to be superficial or undeveloped. While exhibiting some analysis of the passage, support from the passage may be thin or tend toward paraphrase. Although these essays demonstrate adequate control of language, they may be marred by surface errors.

Generally, essays scored a 5 lack the more effective organization and the more sustained development characteristic of those that received 7-6 points.

4-3 These essays offer a less than thorough understanding of the task. They often rely on plot summary or paraphrase and/or may misread the passage/poem. These responses may be characterized by an unfocused or repetitive presentation of ideas, an absence of textual support, or an accumulation of errors.

Generally, essays scored a 4 exhibit better control over the elements of composition than those scored a 3.

2-1 These essays compound the weaknesses of those in the 4-3 range. They may persistently misread the passage, be unacceptably brief, or contain pervasive errors that interfere with understanding. Although some attempt has been made to respond to the prompt, the ideas presented with little clarity, organization, or support from the passage. Essays that are especially inept or incoherent are scored a 1.

0 These essays do no more than make a reference to the task.

Grade Conversion

9/8 A+ to A-

7/6 B+ to B-

5 C+ to C-

4/3 D+ to D

2/1 F

0 0