Business REPORT Scoring Rubric (weighted)
adapted for Business Writing from MELAB (L. Hamp-Lyons, 1992)

  Task Completion/
Format/
Layout (x2)
Topic Development
(x2)
Supporting Calculations, Illustrations, Documentation
(x2)
Organization, Discourse Control, Mechanics
(x2)
Sentence Structure and  Vocabulary
(x2)
Comments
5 The report includes all required components and follows formatting guidelines for layout (headings), spacing, alignment, headings, etc.. Format and layout make the report exceptionally attractive, drawing attention to the content, and enhancing readability. full and rich development of content (purpose, relevance, focus, explanations, support;  full and complete explanations of the management, marketing, and finance components to support argument; sophistication in fluency of expression.

content supported effectively by data--graphs, charts, tables; full explanations of all data and assertions; all calculations are correct; data are presented in  appropriate format; documentation for assertions is provided.

organization (intro/conclusion, thesis, topic sentences) fully appropriate and effective for topic; full control (logical coherence) and excellent use of cohesive devices (key words, pronouns, references, transitions, etc.); presentation of ideas extremely clear and coherent; correct use of in-text citations & references;  spelling, capitalization, and punctuation error-free. full range of sentence  patterns (simple, compound, complex), effectively used; error-free sentence-level grammar; broad and fluent range of vocabulary; elaboration and detail achieved through full use of business terms; concise and appropriate use of vocabulary; correct use of word forms and word choice.  

4
(4.9-4)

Almost all required components are included; formatting guidelines for layout (headings), spacing, and alignment are almost always followed.  1-2 problems in format and layout, but readability and attractiveness are not affected.  clear and complete development of content; high level of fluency in expression (clarity); evidence of logical progression of ideas; appropriate use of business concepts to explain the management, marketing, and finance components/support argument. most of the content supported by data--graphs, charts, tables; mostly appropriate explanations of data and assertions; mostly correct calculations; data mostly presented in  appropriate format; documentation generally provided. organization controlled; generally appropriate to topic; intro/conclusion,  purpose statement/thesis, topic sentences evident and appropriate; good control of cohesive devices (key words, pronouns, references, transitions, etc.) used successfully in a range of situations; coherence apparent; spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and citation/reference errors few and not distracting. mastery of sentence patterns demonstrated; may have occasional grammatical errors on the sentence level (e.g. word deletions/ additions; 1-2 run-on sentences or fragments); flexibility in range; appropriate use of business terms and other vocabulary in a variety of situations; mostly correct use of word forms and word choice; occasional wordiness or colloquialisms  

3

(3.9-3)

Some required components are included; formatting guidelines for layout (headings), spacing, and alignment are sometimes followed.  3-4 problems in format and layout, but the report is easy to read. development of content adequate, but lacks clearly stated positions/argument or supporting information; some use of business concepts to explain the management, marketing, and finance components/ support argument; fluency of expression may be halting or awkward some of the content supported by data but should include more graphs, charts, tables; some explanations of data and assertions; several incorrect calculations; data sometimes presented in  appropriate format; documentation sometimes missing. organization controlled but limited; some problems with paragraphing, limited purpose statement/thesis or conclusion; limited use of topic sentences; generally adequately connected; presentation of ideas generally clear and coherent; cohesive devices (key words, pronouns, references, transitions, etc.) could be used more often, more effectively, or more accurately; occasional errors in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and citation/references; sometimes distracting sentence patterns most often successfully used; several grammatical errors on the sentence level (e.g. word deletions/ additions, prep., tense); 3-4 fragments, or run-on sentences); adequate range; no precise use of subtle meanings displayed; business terms only used occasionally; vocabulary sometimes used inappropriately; 3-4 instances of wordiness or colloquialisms; often incorrect use of word forms.  

2
(2.9-2)

 

Required components are mostly absent; formatting is repeatedly inconsistent in layout (headings), spacing, and alignment, reducing readability and attractiveness. development of content restricted; may be incomplete or unclear; little explanation of the management, marketing, and finance components to support argument; lack of fluency in expression little support of content by data--graphs, charts, tables; incomplete or missing explanations of data and assertions; largely incorrect calculations; data not presented in  appropriate format; documentation incomplete or absent little or poorly controlled organization; incorrect paragraphing; purpose statement/thesis, conclusion, topic sentences may be missing or incomplete; connections awkward; cohesive devices (key words, pronouns, references, transitions, etc.) may be missing or are used inaccurately; lack of logical sequencing of ideas; Spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and citation errors are frequent and distracting narrow range; many word form errors; business terms and other vocabulary often used  inappropriately; only basic and elementary meanings are conveyed; 5 or more instances of wordiness or colloquialisms; simple and complex sentences attempted but often unsuccessful; 5 or more fragments or run-on sentences;  grammatical errors distract from meaning  

1
(1.9-1)

Off-topic; formatting guidelines for layout (headings), spacing, and alignment are not followed, making the report unattractive or hard to read. simplistic statement of content; no use of business concepts or terms to explain the management, marketing, and finance components/support argument. no support of content by data--graphs, charts, tables; minimal  explanations of data and assertions; incorrect calculations throughout; data not presented in  appropriate format; no documentation provided minimal attempt at paragraphing, often unsuccessful; strings of sentences; no purpose statement/thesis, conclusion, or topic sentences; connections (cohesive devices) not present or unsuccessful; presentation of ideas unclear and confusing; spelling,  capitalization, punctuation, and citation/reference errors throughout. attempts at simple sentences often not successful; many grammatical errors; simple vocabulary, often inappropriately used; no control of word choice and word forms; no attempt to use business terms; wordiness and colloquialisms throughout  
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NAME: _________________        DRAFT #: ___________ SCORE:   _________
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2007 Christine Bauer-Ramazani,; last updated December 19, 2011; Saint Michael's College.