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What Is Holistic Scoring?
- The holistic scoring method is based on the theory that a whole piece of writing is greater than the sum of its parts. With this method, essays are read for the total impression they create, rather than for individual aspects.
- Raters award a single score for the overall quality of essays based on an integrated set of specified criteria. Criteria typically include organization, development of ideas, style, mechanics, diction, and usage. These facets are judged together, not separately.
- Most programs have published scoring criteria that are applied consistently across scoring sessions. While many raters have vast experience in evaluating writing, they should understand that, for essays to be scored fairly and consistently, they must adjust to the overall standards set for the particular test program. http://www.ets.org/portal/site/ets/menuitem.c988ba0e5dd572bada20bc47c3921509/?vgnextoid=ef5caf5e44df4010VgnVCM10000022f95190RCRD&vgnextchannel=2b167f95494f4010VgnVCM10000022f95190RCRD