How to make a rubric for a language test

A rubric that classifies what is expected from a trial increases the efficiency of the score determination. With a rubric, you just have to circle the sentences that describe the students' work, and then add the corresponding numbers to determine the score. The rubrics also decrease students' complaints about their grades, as they clearly show how the student got it.

Steps to follow:


Divide your expectations for the language exam in four to six categories. The categories could include mechanics (grammar, punctuation and syntax), style, structure or organization, persuasiveness, or any other category that you consider relevant. A "general" category categorizes an essay on its general impression. Because this item is for a test, you may not want to weigh originality, creativity, or style, to a large extent, because students are under time pressure.


Decide the number of achievement levels you want for each category. Typically, the rubrics of the language test include four or five ascending levels of achievement, one is "unacceptable", and five means that the work is outstanding.


Design a table using a word processor, with a column for each category of expectations and a row for each level of achievement. List the achievement levels. For example, if a student receives "exceptional" for the five expectations, and considering that each has a value of five points, his grade would be 25 in 25.


Fill each box in the rubric with phrases that describe the expectations of that level. For example, level 5 of "mechanics" may include phrases such as: "Writing is practically error free", or "Writing contains minor errors that can easily be corrected with the time needed to reread".


On the other hand, a level 1 of the "mechanics" can say: "the writing is plagued of grammatical errors that seriously affect the understanding". Include three to six descriptive sentences for each level of achievement in each category.