The criteria that accompany each question provide the means to evaluate the responses to those questions. The number or criteria can also range from one (“Did the answer =4”) to many:
- Does the response place the issue within the broader context of the subject?
- Is the response well organized and clearly laid out?
- Was the response proofread carefully? Was it free of significant grammatical, spelling, or typographical errors?
In general, essay questions may require many criteria per question while shorter questions may only require one or two criteria.