AP U.S. History
FREE-RESPONSE ESSAY RUBRIC/GRADE SHEET
AP ESSAY RAW SCORE:
AP GRADE: CLASS GRADE:
Superior Essay: AP Score of 8-9
____ Superior thesis
____ Extremely well-organized essay
____ Addresses all areas of the prompt evenly
____ Excellent use of analysis to support
thesis and main ideas.
____ Substantial use of evidence throughout
____ Extremely well-written essay
____ Generally error free (need not be perfect)
Strong Essay : AP Score of 6-7
____ Strong thesis (contains general analysis)
____ Well-organized essay
____ Addresses all areas of the prompt; may
lack some balance between major areas
____ Some important information left out:
____ Strong analysis in most areas; needs more
____ Strong use of evidence; may lack balance
____ Well-written essay
____ May contain minor errors
Adequate Essay: AP Score of 5
____ Clear thesis (needs more analysis)
____ Thesis a bit vague or muddy
____ Fairly well-organized essay
____ Addresses all areas of the prompt but
essay may lack balance.
____ Contains some analysis; more needed
____ Some major events omitted: ___________
____ Contains some evidence; more needed
____ Essay deviates at times from thesis
____ May contain significant historical errors
____ Some facts are irrelevant to time period
"1" Essay: AP Score of 2-4
____ Undeveloped thesis (simple thesis)
____ Does not establish purpose of the essay.
____ Thesis does not fully address question
____ Weak organization
____ Does not address one or more aspects of
the question: __________________
____ Most major events omitted
____ Lacks analysis of key issues
____ Lacks evidence to support main ideas.
____ Contains major historical errors
____ Much information irrelevant to question.
____ Essay is somewhat incomplete (too short)
BAD Essay: AP Score of 1
____ No thesis or poor thesis
____ Incorrect or incomplete essay
____ Facts not specific, accurate & relevant.
____ Poor analysis of key issues
Essay: Did not do the question
___ Writes on topic completely different from
___ Little to no effort shown in preparation for
Thesis/intro: complex-split __; complex-simple ___; split-simple ___; simple ___; too much info __
____ Introduction contains vague or wasted sentences
____ Essay contains vague statements or generalizations not supported by facts.
____¬ Strong conclusion ____ Weak conclusion ____ No Conclusion
____ Strong topic sentences ____ Improve topic sentences ____ Good linking sentences
____ Don't use "I" statements ____ Don't use I, our, we,us,you, etc.
____ Don,t connect issues to today; (unless asked)____ Don't use flowery& or colloquial style
____ Poor spelling and grammar ____ Poor penmanship: essay difficult to read