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Writing the Assessment Essay

The doctoral writing assessment is used to evaluate students’ abilities to:

  • convey a central idea that is clear, related to the prompt, and developed;
  • organize ideas with paragraphing and transitions;
  • use grammar and mechanics to effectively convey meaning.

The rubric used to evaluate assessment essays, which is available in the Blackboard classroom, includes three categories related to these skills outlined above: central idea of essay, organization, and grammar and mechanics. Assessors evaluate and score students’ doctoral writing assessment essays using this rubric. For more information about the rubric and scoring of your assessment essay, please read our assessment score FAQs page.   

For more guidance as you write your assessment essay, read these tips for writing your doctoral writing assessment essay. These tips include links to relevant writing resources available in the Walden University Writing Center and provide further explanation and information about expectations for this essay.