Annual Essay Writing Competition

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Essay Assessment Guidelines

All submissions will be assessed and graded on pre-defined parameters given below. The weightage in terms of points is also given along with the parameters to help students understand how the assessment framework is designed.
Within each parameter, the key attributes that best describe what the parameter means is also given.
Students are advised to understand the guidelines below when writing their Essay.
It is recommended that students undertake some research on the topic they choose, read a few articles on the internet, watch videos and then formulate their thoughts that will translate into the Essay.
It is important to note, that while we encourage research, Plagiarism is not accepted and will be dealt with strictly at the time of assessment. Plagiarised essay are likely to be rejected and may not be included in the competition or receive a penalty of upto 30%.

Main Idea (15% weightage)

  • Original and Creative
  • Attention catcher

Introducing the idea (15% weightage)

  • Clarity and precision
  • Inviting
  • Describes the main topic
  • Provides an overview

Organisation (10% weightage)

  • Connectivity
  • Linkage
  • Coherence
  • Keeping to the word limit

Consistency of idea (10% weightage)

  • Paragraphs support each other
  • Essay is inter linked throughout

Language (30% weightage)

  • Word choice / Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Spellings
  • Tone
  • Sentence structure
  • Punctuation and Capitalisation

Conclusion (20% weightage)

  • Ends with a clinching statement
  • Paragraphs support each other