Management 306

Holistic Scoring Guide

A passing assignment contains all of the following characteristics:

Proper business format—does not mix a letter and memo together. Adheres to the strict guidelines of different business formats.

Professional tone fits the intended audience—professional business writing does not "talk down to" the audience or utilize sarcasm, condescension or inappropriate tone.

Perfect or near perfect grammar—flawless grammar, spelling and punctuation are essential. Although we all make mistakes, in business you must be mindful of grammar and spelling because other business professionals or the public will be reading your writing. You must strive for perfect or near perfect writing on all assignments to be viewed as a successful professional.

Avoids repetition—a good writer will not repeat the prompt of an assignment. You must develop your own ideas instead of regurgitating aspects of the prompt. Ideas must be logically sound and cohesively organized.

Failure to comply with these criteria will result in a reduction in your final score for each assignment you turn in for a grade. Be the strong business professionals we want you to be.


Superior Professional (5)—exhibits superior writing for the business arena. Superior business correspondence:

Professional (4)—exhibits strong writing for the business arena. Professional business correspondence:

Adequate (3)—exhibits general/satisfactory business writing skill. Adequate business correspondence:

Unsatisfactory (2)—although shows some understanding of business writing, the response has errors that render the document ineffective. Unsatisfactory business correspondence:

Inadequate/Poor (1)—response is unacceptable in the business arena. Business correspondence that is deemed inadequate/poor: