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supporting detail than that of those in the 9–8 range. Generally, essays scored a 7 present betterdeveloped analysis and more consistent command of the elements of effective composition than do
those scored a 6.
5 These essays respond to the assigned task with a plausible reading, but they tend to be superficial or
underdeveloped in analysis. They often rely on plot summary that contains some analysis, implicit or
explicit. Although the essays attempt to discuss how the foil illuminates the distinctive
characteristics and qualities of a main character and how the relationship contributes to the work as
a whole, they may demonstrate a rather simplistic understanding of the work. Typically, these
responses reveal unsophisticated thinking and/or immature writing. They demonstrate adequate
control of language, but they may lack effective organization and may be marred by surface errors. 4–3 These lower-half essays offer a less than thorough understanding of the task or a less than adequate
treatment of it. They reflect an incomplete or oversimplified understanding of the work, or they may
fail to establish the relationship between the foil and a main character. They may not address or
develop a response to how that relationship contributes to the work as a whole, or they may rely on
plot summary alone. Their assertions may be unsupported or even irrelevant. Often wordy, elliptical,
or repetitious, these essays may lack control over the elements of college-level composition. Essays
scored a 3 may contain significant misreading and demonstrate inept writing.
2–1 Although these essays make some attempt to respond to the prompt, they compound the
weaknesses of those in the 4–3 range. Often, they are unacceptably brief or are incoherent in
presenting their ideas. They may be poorly written on several counts and contain distracting errors
in grammar and mechanics. The ideas are presented with little clarity, organization, or supporting
evidence. Particularly inept, vacuous, and/or incoherent essays must be scored a 1.
0 These essays do no more than make a reference to the task. — These essays either are left blank or are completely off topic. © 2008 The College Board. All rights reserved.
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