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How to Evaluate Essay Writing

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This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, PhD . Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas. He received his PhD in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. This article has been viewed 30,659 times.

Essays are common assignments in high school and college. If you are a new teacher trying to evaluate student essays, then familiarizing yourself with the basic parts of an essay can also be helpful. Essays are usually broken into an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. In some cases, an essay may also need to include a works cited or reference page. If you also need to assign a grade to an essay, develop a rubric and deduct a set number of points for items that are missing, incomplete, or incorrect.

Evaluating the Thesis Statement and Introduction

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Reviewing the End of the Essay

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Evaluating Cited Sources

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7 Steps for How to Write an Evaluation Essay (Example & Template)

In this ultimate guide, I will explain to you exactly how to write an evaluation essay.

1. What is an Evaluation Essay?

An evaluation essay should provide a critical analysis of something.

You’re literally ‘evaluating’ the thing you’re looking up.

Here’s a couple of quick definitions of what we mean by ‘evaluate’:

Here’s some synonyms for ‘evaluate’:

So, we could say that an evaluation essay should carefully examine the ‘thing’ and provide an overall judgement of it.

Here’s some common things you may be asked to write an evaluation essay on:

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Really, you can evaluate just about anything!

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2. How to write an Evaluation Essay

There are two secrets to writing a strong evaluation essay. The first is to aim for objective analysis before forming an opinion. The second is to use an evaluation criteria.

Aim to Appear Objective before giving an Evaluation Argument

Your evaluation will eventually need an argument.

The evaluation argument will show your reader what you have decided is the final value of the ‘thing’ you’re evaluating.

But in order to convince your reader that your evaluative argument is sound, you need to do some leg work.

The aim will be to show that you have provided a balanced and fair assessment before coming to your conclusion.

In order to appear balanced you should:

In other words, give every perspective a fair hearing.

You don’t want to sound like a propagandist. You want to be seen as a fair and balanced adjudicator.

Use an Evaluation Criteria

One way to appear balanced is to use an evaluation criteria.

An evaluation criteria helps to show that you have assessed the ‘thing’ based on an objective measure.

Here’s some examples of evaluation criteria:

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We can use evaluation criteria to frame out ability to conduct the analysis fairly.

This is especially true for if you have to evaluate multiple different ‘things’. For example, if you’re evaluating three novels, you want to be able to show that you applied the same ‘test’ on all three books!

This will show that you gave each ‘thing’ a fair chance and looked at the same elements for each.

3. How to come up with an Evaluation Argument

After you have:

You’ll then need to develop an evaluative argument. This argument shows your own overall perspective on the ‘thing’.

Remember, you will need to show your final evaluative argument is backed by objective analysis. You need to do it in order!

Analyze first. Evaluate second.

Here’s an example.

Let’s say you’re evaluating the quality of a meal.

You might say:

Now that you’ve looked at some pros and cons and measured the meal based on a few criteria points (like cost and creativity), you’ll be able to come up with a final argument:

Evaluative terms that you might want to use for this final evaluation argument might include:

4. Evaluation Essay Outline (with Examples)

Okay, so now you know what to do, let’s have a go at creating an outline for your evaluation essay!

Here’s what I recommend:

4.1 How to Write your Introduction

In the introduction, feel free to use my 5-Step INTRO method . It’ll be an introduction just like any other essay introduction .

And yes, feel free to explain what the final evaluation will be.

So, here it is laid out nice and simple.

Write one sentence for each point to make a 5-sentence introduction:

If you want more depth on how to use the INTRO method, you’ll need to go and check out our blog post on writing quality introductions.

4.2 Example Introduction

This example introduction is for the essay question: Write an Evaluation Essay on Facebook’s Impact on Society.

“Facebook is the third most visited website in the world. It was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg in his college dorm. This essay evaluates the impact of Facebook on society and makes an objective judgement on its value. The essay will argue that Facebook has changed the world both for the better and worse. Firstly, it will give an overview of what Facebook is and its history. Then, it will examine Facebook on the criteria of: impact on social interactions, impact on the media landscape, and impact on politics.”

You’ll notice that each sentence in this introduction follows my 5-Step INTRO formula to create a clear, coherent 5-Step introduction.

4.3 How to Write your Body Paragraphs

The first body paragraph should give an overview of the ‘thing’ being evaluated.

Then, you should evaluate the pros and cons of the ‘thing’ being evaluated based upon the criteria you have developed for evaluating it.

Let’s take a look below.

4.4 First Body Paragraph: Overview of your Subject

This first paragraph should provide objective overview of your subject’s properties and history. You should not be doing any evaluating just yet.

The goal for this first paragraph is to ensure your reader knows what it is you’re evaluating. Secondarily, it should show your marker that you have developed some good knowledge about it.

If you need to use more than one paragraph to give an overview of the subject, that’s fine.

Similarly, if your essay word length needs to be quite long, feel free to spend several paragraphs exploring the subject’s background and objective details to show off your depth of knowledge for the marker.

4.5 First Body Paragraph Example

Sticking with the essay question: Write an Evaluation Essay on Facebook’s Impact on Society , this might be your paragraph:

“Facebook has been one of the most successful websites of all time. It is the website that dominated the ‘Web 2.0’ revolution, which was characterized by user two-way interaction with the web. Facebook allowed users to create their own personal profiles and invite their friends to follow along. Since 2004, Facebook has attracted more than one billion people to create profiles in order to share their opinions and keep in touch with their friends.”

Notice here that I haven’t yet made any evaluations of Facebook’s merits?

This first paragraph (or, if need be, several of them) should be all about showing the reader exactly what your subject is – no more, no less.

4.6 Evaluation Paragraphs: Second, Third, Forth and Fifth Body Paragraphs

Once you’re confident your reader will know what the subject that you’re evaluating is, you’ll need to move on to the actual evaluation.

For this step, you’ll need to dig up that evaluation criteria we talked about in Point 2.

For example, let’s say you’re evaluating a President of the United States.

Your evaluation criteria might be:

Really, you could make up any evaluation criteria you want!

Once you’ve made up the evaluation criteria, you’ve got your evaluation paragraph ideas!

Simply turn each point in your evaluation criteria into a full paragraph.

How do you do this?

Well, start with a topic sentence.

For the criteria point ‘Impact on world history’ you can say something like: “Barack Obama’s impact on world history is mixed.”

This topic sentence will show that you’ll evaluate both pros and cons of Obama’s impact on world history in the paragraph.

Then, follow it up with explanations.

“While Obama campaigned to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, he was unable to completely achieve this objective. This is an obvious negative for his impact on the world. However, as the first black man to lead the most powerful nation on earth, he will forever be remembered as a living milestone for civil rights and progress.”

Keep going, turning each evaluation criteria into a full paragraph.

4.7 Evaluation Paragraph Example

Let’s go back to our essay question: Write an Evaluation Essay on Facebook’s Impact on Society .

I’ve decided to use the evaluation criteria below:

Naturally, I’m going to write one paragraph for each point.

If you’re expected to write a longer piece, you could write two paragraphs on each point (one for pros and one for cons).

Here’s what my first evaluation paragraph might look like:

“Facebook has had a profound impact on social interactions. It has helped people to stay in touch with one another from long distances and after they have left school and college. This is obviously a great positive. However, it can also be seen as having a negative impact. For example, people may be less likely to interact face-to-face because they are ‘hanging out’ online instead. This can have negative impact on genuine one-to-one relationships.”

You might notice that this paragraph has a topic sentence, explanations and examples. It follows my perfect paragraph formula which you’re more than welcome to check out!

4.8 How to write your Conclusion

To conclude, you’ll need to come up with one final evaluative argument.

This evaluation argument provides an overall assessment. You can start with “Overall, Facebook has been…” and continue by saying that (all things considered) he was a good or bad president!

Remember, you can only come up with an overall evaluation after you’ve looked at the subject’s pros and cons based upon your evaluation criteria.

In the example below, I’m going to use my 5 C’s conclusion paragraph method . This will make sure my conclusion covers all the things a good conclusion should cover!

Like the INTRO method, the 5 C’s conclusion method should have one sentence for each point to create a 5 sentence conclusion paragraph.

The 5 C’s conclusion method is:

4.9 Concluding Argument Example Paragraph

Here’s a possible concluding argument for our essay question: Write an Evaluation Essay on Facebook’s Impact on Society .

“The introduction of this essay highlighted that Facebook has had a profound impact on society. This evaluation essay has shown that this impact has been both positive and negative. Thus, it is too soon to say whether Facebook has been an overall positive or negative for society. However, people should pay close attention to this issue because it is possible that Facebook is contributing to the undermining of truth in media and positive interpersonal relationships.”

Note here that I’ve followed the 5 C’s conclusion method for my concluding evaluative argument paragraph.

5. Evaluation Essay Example Template

Below is a template you can use for your evaluation essay , based upon the advice I gave in Section 4:

6. 23+ Good Evaluation Essay Topics

Okay now that you know how to write an evaluation essay, let’s look at a few examples.

For each example I’m going to give you an evaluation essay title idea, plus a list of criteria you might want to use in your evaluation essay.

6.1 Evaluation of Impact

6.2 Evaluation of a Scholarly Text or Theory

6.3 Evaluation of Art and Literature

6.4 Evaluation of a Product or Service

7. Concluding Advice

how to write an evaluation essay

Evaluation essays are common in high school, college and university.

The trick for getting good marks in an evaluation essay is to show you have looked at both the pros and cons before making a final evaluation analysis statement.

You don’t want to look biased.

That’s why it’s a good idea to use an objective evaluation criteria, and to be generous in looking at both positives and negatives of your subject.

Read Also: 39 Better Ways to Write ‘In Conclusion’ in an Essay

I recommend you use the evaluation template provided in this post to write your evaluation essay. However, if your teacher has given you a template, of course use theirs instead! You always want to follow your teacher’s advice because they’re the person who will be marking your work.

Good luck with your evaluation essay!


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Evaluation Criteria for Formal Essays

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Please note that these four categories are interdependent. For example, if your evidence is weak, this will almost certainly affect the quality of your argument and organization. Likewise, if you have difficulty with syntax, it is to be expected that your transitions will suffer. In revision, therefore, take a holistic approach to improving your essay, rather than focussing exclusively on one aspect.

An excellent paper:

Argument: The paper knows what it wants to say and why it wants to say it. It goes beyond pointing out comparisons to using them to change the reader?s vision. Organization: Every paragraph supports the main argument in a coherent way, and clear transitions point out why each new paragraph follows the previous one. Evidence: Concrete examples from texts support general points about how those texts work. The paper provides the source and significance of each piece of evidence. Mechanics: The paper uses correct spelling and punctuation. In short, it generally exhibits a good command of academic prose.

A mediocre paper:

Argument: The paper replaces an argument with a topic, giving a series of related observations without suggesting a logic for their presentation or a reason for presenting them. Organization: The observations of the paper are listed rather than organized. Often, this is a symptom of a problem in argument, as the framing of the paper has not provided a path for evidence to follow. Evidence: The paper offers very little concrete evidence, instead relying on plot summary or generalities to talk about a text. If concrete evidence is present, its origin or significance is not clear. Mechanics: The paper contains frequent errors in syntax, agreement, pronoun reference, and/or punctuation.

An appallingly bad paper:

Argument: The paper lacks even a consistent topic, providing a series of largely unrelated observations. Organization: The observations are listed rather than organized, and some of them do not appear to belong in the paper at all. Both paper and paragraphs lack coherence. Evidence: The paper offers no concrete evidence from the texts or misuses a little evidence. Mechanics: The paper contains constant and glaring errors in syntax, agreement, reference, spelling, and/or punctuation.

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Evaluating Sources | Methods & Examples

Published on June 2, 2022 by Eoghan Ryan . Revised on December 7, 2022.

The sources you use are an important component of your research. It’s important to evaluate the sources you’re considering using, in order to:

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Evaluating a source’s credibility, evaluating a source’s relevance, evaluating a source’s arguments, frequently asked questions about evaluating sources.

Evaluating the credibility of a source is an important way of sifting out misinformation and determining whether you should use it in your research. Useful approaches include the CRAAP test and lateral reading .

One of the best ways to evaluate source credibility is the CRAAP test . This stands for:

How you evaluate a source using these criteria will depend on your subject and focus. It’s important to understand the types of sources and how you should use them in your field of research.

Lateral reading

Lateral reading is the act of evaluating the credibility of a source by comparing it to other sources. This allows you to:

If a source is using methods or drawing conclusions that are incompatible with other research in its field, it may not be reliable.

Rather than taking these figures at face value, you decide to determine the accuracy of the source’s claims by cross-checking them with official statistics such as census reports and figures compiled by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics.

How you evaluate the relevance of a source will depend on your topic, and on where you are in the research process . Preliminary evaluation helps you to pick out relevant sources in your search, while in-depth evaluation allows you to understand how they’re related.

Preliminary evaluation

As you cannot possibly read every source related to your topic, you can use preliminary evaluation to determine which sources might be relevant. This is especially important when you’re surveying a large number of sources (e.g., in a literature review or systematic review ).

One way to do this is to look at paratextual material, or the parts of a work other than the text itself.

You can also read abstracts , prefaces , introductions , and conclusions . These will give you a clear idea of the author’s intentions, the parameters of the research, and even the conclusions they draw.

Preliminary evaluation is useful as it allows you to:

While this preliminary evaluation is an important step in the research process, you should engage with sources more deeply in order to adequately understand them.

In-depth evaluation

Begin your in-depth evaluation with any landmark studies in your field of research, or with sources that you’re sure are related to your research topic.

As you read, try to understand the connections between the sources. Look for:

Even sources whose conclusions you disagree with can be relevant, as they can strengthen your argument by offering alternative perspectives.

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Every source should contribute to the debate about its topic by taking a clear position. This position and the conclusions the author comes to should be supported by evidence from direct observation or from other sources.

Most sources will use a mix of primary and secondary sources to form an argument . It is important to consider how the author uses these sources. A good argument should be based on analysis and critique, and there should be a logical relationship between evidence and conclusions.

To assess an argument’s strengths and weaknesses, ask:

Situating a source in relation to other sources ( lateral reading ) can help you determine whether the author’s arguments and conclusions are reliable and how you will respond to them in your own writing.

As you cannot possibly read every source related to your topic, it’s important to evaluate sources to assess their relevance. Use preliminary evaluation to determine whether a source is worth examining in more depth.

This involves:

Lateral reading is the act of evaluating the credibility of a source by comparing it with other sources. This allows you to:

A credible source should pass the CRAAP test  and follow these guidelines:

The CRAAP test is an acronym to help you evaluate the credibility of a source you are considering using. It is an important component of information literacy .

The CRAAP test has five main components:

Scholarly sources are written by experts in their field and are typically subjected to peer review . They are intended for a scholarly audience, include a full bibliography, and use scholarly or technical language. For these reasons, they are typically considered credible sources .

Popular sources like magazines and news articles are typically written by journalists. These types of sources usually don’t include a bibliography and are written for a popular, rather than academic, audience. They are not always reliable and may be written from a biased or uninformed perspective, but they can still be cited in some contexts.

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Self-Evaluation of Essays

A brief guide to evaluating your own writing.

You're probably used to having your writing evaluated by teachers. The odd abbreviations ("AGR," "REF," "AWK!"), the comments in the margins, the grade at the end of the paper--these are all methods used by instructors to identify what they see as the strengths and weaknesses of your work. Such evaluations can be quite helpful, but they're no substitute for a thoughtful self-evaluation .*

As the writer, you can evaluate the whole process of composing a paper, from coming up with a topic to revising and editing drafts . Your instructor, on the other hand, often can evaluate only the final product.

A good self-evaluation is neither a defense nor an apology. Rather, it's a way of becoming more aware of what you go through when you write and of what troubles (if any) that you regularly run into. Writing a brief self-evaluation each time you have completed a writing project should make you more aware of your strengths as a writer and help you see more clearly what skills you need to work on.

Finally, if you decide to share your self-evaluations with a writing instructor or tutor, your comments can guide your teachers as well. By seeing where you're having problems, they may be able to offer more helpful advice when they come to evaluate your work.

So after you finish your next composition , try writing a concise self-evaluation. The following four questions should help you get started, but feel free to add comments not covered by these questions.

A Self-Evaluation Guide

What part of writing this paper took the most time.

Perhaps you had trouble finding a topic or expressing a particular idea. Maybe you agonized over a single word or phrase. Be as specific as you can when you answer this question.

What is the most significant difference between your first draft and this final version?

Explain if you changed your approach to the subject, if you reorganized the paper in any significant way, or if you added or deleted any important details.

What do you think is the best part of your paper?

Explain why a particular sentence, paragraph, or idea pleases you.

What part of this paper could still be improved?

Again, be specific. There may be a troublesome sentence in the paper or an idea that isn't expressed as clearly as you would like it to be.

* Note to Instructors

Just as students need to learn how to conduct peer reviews effectively, they need practice and training in carrying out self-evaluations if the process is to be worthwhile. Consider Betty Bamberg's summary of a study conducted by Richard Beach.

In a study specifically designed to investigate the effect of teacher comment and self-evaluation on revision , Beach ["The Effects of Between-Draft Teacher Evaluation Versus Student Self-Evaluation on High School Students' Revising of Rough Drafts" in Research in the Teaching of English , 13 (2), 1979] compared students who used a self-evaluation guide to revise drafts, received teacher responses to drafts, or were told to revise on their own. After analyzing the amount and kind of revision that resulted with each of these instructional strategies, he found that students who received teacher evaluation showed a greater degree of change, higher fluency, and more support in their final drafts than students who used the self-evaluation forms. Moreover, students who used the self-evaluation guides engaged in no more revising than those who were asked to revise on their own without any assistance. Beach concluded the self-evaluation forms were ineffective because students had received little instruction in self-assessment and were not used to detaching themselves critically from their writing. As a result, he recommended that teachers "provide evaluation during the writing of drafts" (p. 119). (Betty Bamberg, "Revision." Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing , 2nd ed., ed. by Irene L. Clarke. Routledge, 2012)

Most students need to conduct several self-evaluations at different stages of the writing process before they're comfortable "detaching themselves critically" from their own writing. In any case, self-evaluations shouldn't be regarded as substitutes for thoughtful responses from teachers and peers.

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Secrets of Writing an Excellent Evaluation Essay

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Many people prefer to check reviews on the movie or book before watching or reading it. The summary information and honest point of view on the subject matter are usually included in an evaluation essay. You just need to analyze both sides of the chosen criterion through thorough research, analysis of your thesis, and examination of your own values. To write a good evaluation essay, you should forget about your feelings and create an objective overview of the topic. That way, you will reveal the truth about the real worth of the particular subject matter.

Evaluation Essay

So, what is an evaluation essay? The answer to this question you will find out in this post.

What Is an Evaluation Essay?

An evaluation paper is a kind of essay in which you express your argumentative point of view on various topics. As a form of literary thinking, it is based on much more than just a quick judgment about a person, place, or object. The common standards of evaluation writing, such as clearance, objectivity, and coherence, are to be followed throughout the text. These standards help identify how well a subject meets up or falls short of the ideal. No wonder this kind of essay is widely used for scientific purposes when the comparison of two inventions or technologies is required. In an evaluation essay, all the arguments are delivered objectively, while your personal opinion is stated at the very end as a summary.

On the Internet, you can find lots of reviews with one sentence only: “This essay is fine.” Does it look informative to you? Can you rely on this kind of feedback? Let’s be honest, such a review can hardly provide you with a clear understanding of whether the subject is worth your attention or not. The main feature of an evaluation essay is that it contains details and evidence to support your point of view. Instead of discussing every observation, you just need to underpin your point of view with examples that will make your paper look convincing.

CJE guidelines

How to start an evaluation essay? What needs to be preconsidered? Every evaluation essay consists of three structural elements – criteria, judgement, and evidence. Let’s get deeper into details.

The criteria that you choose should evaluate a person or subject through the prism of their ideal version. What can their best features be? For instance, you would expect an interesting plot and professional acting from a movie. Once you have specific benchmarks in mind, they can be used to evaluate these points.

The judgement aspect is used to estimate whether or not the benchmarks have been met. For instance, you can start a movie evaluation from judging whether it aligns with the specific benchmark. Does it offer the quality acting you expect? Does it have gaps in the plot? These are only some of the possible options to consider.

Remember that you must develop clues to advocate your judgements. For instance, if you make the judgement that the movie quality does not meet your expectations, you should be ready to provide evidence. Without eligible evidence, your evaluation essay won’t look convincing.

When structuring your evaluation essay, it is crucial to address a different criterion in each paragraph. In that paragraph, you should reflect on each criterion, make the relevant judgements and provide supporting proofs.

How to Write an Evaluation Essay?

With this step-by-step guide, you will learn how to write an evaluation essay. Here are the major steps to be taken:

Review, revise and rewrite. When a draft is completed, you will read over your work and make some changes if needed. You should be ready to rewrite your paper several times to get it just right.

Evaluation Essay Example

Here, you will find a well-written evaluation essay example that you can use for yourself:

Evaluation Essay VS Review

An evaluation essay is widely associated with a review paper. This is a common mistake many students make. Although the two types of paper have some similarities, there are more differences that set them apart. You can take a look at those differences in the table below.

Tips on Writing an Evaluation Essay from Our Experts

Following the quick tips below, you will find it easier to write an effective evaluation argument essay:

List of 50 Evaluation Topics

Since there are many people and objects you are able to assess, an evaluation essay can be written on a wide range of topics. To evaluate something, you will need to compare it with an example within a subject you have chosen. Some possible evaluation essay topics can be found below:

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How to write an evaluation essay with examples

The first thing to be clear with about writing an evaluation essay, or any kind of writing actually, is getting to understand the main point of this type of essay. The evaluation essay is an opportunity for you to give your profound opinion about certain things.

Evaluative essay. What does it mean?

An evaluation paper is a kind of essay writing, where you deliver your argumentative point of view in certain issues using the proved facts, quotes, researches, etc. However, even though the evaluation essay should contain your point of view, all the facts and augments have to be delivered objectively and your personal opinion can only be given at the very end as a summary of everything you have written. 

How to start an evaluation essay?

First things first, think of the possible topic for your essay. Keep in mind that the evaluation essay requires a special kind of topic. It has to be an issue, an event or someone`s doing that is now very much on-air or makes a strong impact on your life. For example, if you write an evaluation essay about world politics, it can be something like: «Brexit. Yes or No?».

Easy steps for writing hook evaluative essay

Another important thing about a good evaluative essay is the hook, something at the very beginning that will convince the readers to spend 30 minutes of their precious time to read your essay. In the search for example we can go once again back to the issue ob Brexit. Imagine we are talking about the evaluation essay called «Brexit. Yes or No?». The first sentence here can be something like: «Some experts claim that Brexit can turn into the world catastrophe…». It is a strong hook, which will make people wonder, why can it be so.

Choosing a Topic

It is the head of everything! It should be exited, and the fundamental criteria you must be interested in it. Moreover, it should be actual and correspond to you acknowledge in the area.

Thesis statement 

We have already mentioned that the thesis has to involve real information with no fake of fiction, only something that can easily be checked. Besides, they have to be put in the right order so that one paragraph would glide to the next one without confusing the reader in any way. 

Criteria for evaluation essays 

What is also vital to mention here is the criteria for your evaluation essay. This means that to give the reader the right understanding of the issue, you should add a few words about the ideal way for the process to develop. Basically — how should it have happened in an ideal way?

For example, if we are talking about the advantages and disadvantages of running. Here we can say that it can have a bad impact on your knees, whereas in ideal, running should only help your body to get healthier and more athletic.

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Evaluation essay outline

As step two, we always recommend starting with the outline. No matter what kind of writing are you working at, it is always a good idea to start by creating an outline of your future essay. This is a chance for you to carefully think of what arguments and facts are going to work best for your topic and in what order should they be given so that they appear to be relevant and logical. 

Introduction: the idea of your evaluation essays

Few words about the Evaluation Essay format. Whether it is APA or other, it is incredibly important to watch the structure in the evaluation essay in order not to mess both the reader`s understanding of the issue and your own. For this reason, try to give the idea of your evaluation essay in the way that it would not let anyone pass by your essay.

Body: explain your thesis

Be careful with the language you are using. One of the evaluative essays`s goals is to explain some complicated things easily, so try not to use any complicated words or terms. If you cannot avoid using them, please make sure you explain their meaning in the text. 

Last but not the least, always remember that your ideas have to be crystal clear to the readers, do it can be a good idea to reread, first our outline and then the entire essay, to make sure you have delivered all your ideas in the right way and the reader is not likely to have a hard time understanding them. 


The conclusion of any type of writing is a short summary of everything you discussed in your essay, yet as we have already mentioned, the evaluation essay has to also involve your own opinion about the issue you were talking about. The best way to express it is through the conclusion.

How to connect the introduction and conclusion.

Another important thing about the conclusion is to make sure it strictly correlates with the introduction. As we have shown in the examples of distance learning.

At the beginning of the essay, we say that there is a trend of distant studying, the most famous universities in the world are now beginning to provide opportunities to study online. However there are doubts about the quality of education, this kind of studying provides.

In conclusion, we briefly repeat the advantages and disadvantages of distant studying and give our personal opinion on the matter.

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Basically, every piece of news on the media can be considered as, more or less, a piece of an evaluative essay. You are told about some things that are now going on, be it the adoption of the law or the opening of the electrical vehicle exhibition. Take some time to open the newspaper or watch the news and try to analyze the way they deliver the news itself, give the comments of the experts in the field, participants, how they give the arguments from different angles both positive and negative. You will be devoted enough to take notes of that news, you are likely to get the classical outline of the evaluative essay.

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Writing an evaluation essay but do not have an idea of what is an evaluation essay? And how to write a good one?

Well, fret no more, as we are here to help you get through the evaluation essay writing process.

In this blog, you will learn about the evaluation essay definition, topics, writing tips, and a lot more. Continue reading to get a better idea.

What is an Evaluation Essay?

An evaluation essay is a type of writing in which the writer offers a value judgment about a specific topic. It is a composition that presents an overall view of a particular subject’s quality. Moreover, it provides a critical analysis and a complete evaluation of something.

The main purpose of an evaluation essay is to evaluate a topic and present an opinion about it critically. It also determines the condition, worth, or significance by careful appraisal and study.

This essay features the writer’s opinion, but if done correctly, it does not sound opinionated. Instead, it provides the facts and evidence to justify the opinions about the essay’s subject.

To write a good evaluation essay, you need to master critical evaluation and present the evaluation in an unbiased manner.

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Evaluation Essay Structure

The following are the four different ways to format and organize the evaluation essay.

1. Chronological Structure

It is the sequential organization that could be used for evaluating historical or current events. It tells how something works and assesses the effectiveness of a mechanism, procedure, or process.

2. Spatial Structure

The spatial organization structure is used for evaluating or describing art or architecture. Here, you will define one element of the artifact and move spatially to the next.

3. Compare and Contrast Structure

The compare and contrast structure is used to evaluate or review the culinary or music genre. Here the writer evaluates a subject by comprising and contrasting it with the known subject.

4. Point-by-Point Structure

The point-by-point structure is also used for culinary and music reviews. In this structure, you describe one element and then evaluate it, describe the second element and evaluate it, and so on.

How to Start an Evaluation Essay?

When you start writing an evaluation essay, you need to make sure that you grab the reader’s attention. For this, hook the reader from the beginning until the end to ensure that your essay’s opening is compelling and attention-grabbing.

Below given are a few steps that you should follow to start your evaluation essay:

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How to Write an Evaluation Essay?

Here is a step-by-step guide for you to write an evaluation essay.

1. Choose the Topic

Deciding the topic of your essay is important. Make sure it's not just compelling and interesting but also informative so that you can find enough material on this subject for an entire essay.

2. Create an Evaluation Essay Outline

Professional writers always suggest that you should draft an evaluation essay outline before formally writing it. It helps in the writing process and keeps the content in a logical flow. Also, editing an outline is way much simpler than editing the entire essay.

When you create an essay outline, evaluate what should be added and removed. But if you do not follow this step and start writing the essay directly, you will have to do more work. It may include editing and revising the whole writing piece, which is more complicated than editing the outline.

A typical evaluation essay outline consists of the following sections.

The introduction is the first impression your readers will have of you, so it's crucial to make a good one. It should capture attention and excite readers, drawing them into what you have to say about this topic.

The following are the elements that you should consider while writing the introduction:

The body of the essay consists of three paragraphs. Each paragraph holds different ideas related to one another and flows smoothly from start to finish, just like how a good story should be told.

Here are the important points that must include in the body paragraphs.

It is the final chance to convince your reader to agree with your point of view. Here, you are supposed to summarize and conclude the essay. Moreover, in this section, you present your final evaluation while concluding the overall evaluation. Keep in mind the following aspects while writing a closing paragraph of an evaluation essay.

3. Proofread, Revise, and Edit

After writing the essay, the final step is proofreading and editing. Thus, spend enough time reading your essay carefully. It will help you catch the unintentional mistakes you have made and recover them. If needed, revise your draft two to three times so that no error remains left.

Evaluation Essay Examples

Evaluation can be written on any topic, i.e., book, movie, music, etc. Below we have given some examples of an evaluation essay to provide you with a clear idea.

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Evaluation Essay Topics

For writing an amazing evaluation essay, the first thing that you need is an essay topic. Here are some amazing topic ideas that you can use for writing your essay. You can use them as it is or can mold it according to your preference.

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1. what are the four components of an evaluation essay.

The four components of an evaluation essay are:

2. What are the 4 types of evaluation?

The four types of evaluation are:

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Tips and advice for evaluation in essays

Evaluation is an important component of an advanced essay. It requires the ability to look at facts, arguments and analysis, with a degree of critical distance. Evaluation involves:

Which questions need evaluation?

Questions which require evaluation usually have these words a the start:

Examples of Evaluation

1. How reliable is the data?

For any essay, you will be using a variety of sources. For example, an essay on trades unions may include information from the TUC. It is good to give data from a source like TUC. However, a valid evaluation technique is to question the reliability and independence of your source.

For example, it is quite likely that the TUC will choose statistics that are more advantageous to workers. Business organisations, e.g. CBI on the other hand, are likely to give alternative sets of data which is more favourable to their point of view.

Therefore, examine the likelihood of bias in data and resources for the essay.

2. Short run and long run?

The effects of a decision can be quite different in the long run. For example, suppose you had an essay, which examined the impact of an increase in tax on petrol. The obvious answer is to say: “very little, demand for petrol is inelastic”


However, it would be evaluative to say; “However, over time demand may become more elastic. After a couple of years people may find alternative ways of driving.

3. It depends on other factors

When looking at the effect of one outcome, it is worth bearing in mind it is often difficult to isolate other factors. For example, if we were looking at the impact of a rise in interest rates. The effect would usually reduce consumer spending. However, there are many other factors that can affect consumer spending. If confidence was high, for example, consumer spending may not fall at all – despite the increase in interest rates.

4. Look at both points of view

In subjects like economics, history and politics there are usually several different viewpoints. It is important to give them all consideration, even if we don’t necessarily agree with them. For example, if we look at the impact of a rise in government spending, a Keynesian might say this will increase growth; a Monetarist, on the other hand, may argue higher spending merely causes crowding out. Therefore, there are two different possibilities.

5. State of economy

The impact of a devaluation in the currency depends on the state of the economy. If the economy is experiencing inflation and is in a boom, a devaluation could worsen the inflation. However, in a recession, a devaluation can help boost exports and there is likely to be limited impact on inflation.

The effect of a fall in AD depends on state of economy


6. How significant is a factor?

A recession in France would lead to lower UK exports to France. France is an important trading partner, however on its own French exports are only a relatively small % of UK AD.   If the rest of the Eurozone was growing, and it was just France in recession, it is unlikely to have much impact on the UK economy. However, if the whole global economy was in recession, this would be much more significant and likely cause a recession in the UK too.

7. Different perspectives

As we mentioned in, UK economic growth in the past four years. How you interpret data is important.

If you showed a graph of UK economy growth since 2013 Q1 – it would give quite a favourable impression of economy.


Including figures from 2011 Q1 gives less favourable.

If we look at this graph, it shows the UK economy still has a large negative output gap.


The important thing is that statistics may only tell part of the story. Just because an economy like Spain grew in the last quarter – doesn’t necessarily mean their economy is doing very well.

More on macroeconomic evaluation – discuss the impact of a cut in interest rates

Example question

Discuss impact of the MPC cutting interest rates from 5% to 4.5%?

Lower interest rates make it cheaper to borrow and therefore encourage consumer spending. Cheaper borrowing also encourages firms to invest. With an increase in C + I, we see a rise in Aggregate Demand and therefore we can expect higher economic growth and higher inflation.


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What is an Evaluative Essay?

Many students are asked to evaluate a story or subject in their course material through an evaluation essay. But, before starting you need to understand what an evaluation essay is and how it differs from descriptive type of essay. An evaluation essay is a feedback or review, however it has a huge contrast. These kinds of essays can be written for any subject from film to restaurant. An evaluative essay generally speaking, is an individual evaluation which contains an abstract view with providing a justification. For example you watch a movie and then you are asked to evaluate it on the basis of your exposition. The interesting fact about an evaluative essay is its uniqueness. Two individual can have a different evaluation for the same subject. While watching a film, one may find it interesting while other may find it boring. The criteria for making an evaluation essay is different for everyone depending upon their way of analysis. Here is your guide to begin with writing an evaluation essay for your chosen subject:

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Before you start an evaluative essay, first choose your topic. Follow the simple steps to begin with any evaluative paper. Here are the initial steps:

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Evaluation Essay Key Elements

The important elements to make an evaluation essay are three: i.e. criteria, judgments and evidence, which are explained as follows: 

Criteria implies setting up what the standards are for the item to be evaluated. Making a criterion implies exhibiting what is expect as the perfect result. For an effective evaluation essay you have to make a clear criteria in your mind. In fact jot it down! A clear criteria drives the conclusion. For instance, when assessing an eatery, the writer need to build up the criteria on the basis of value, neatness, timeliness of order and taste. By clinging to a strong criteria you would then be able to be compare a particular eatery to another.

The judgment of your evaluation is the foundation of your essay around which thesis statement revolves, is based on whether the measures are met. As it were, the judgment is the thing that really is. Utilizing the model from above, if the main foundation for assessing a food providing company is the nature of the food they offer, the judgment would state regardless of whether the specific eating place has offered services that meets this expressed quality.

The evidence is the proof which provide refinements to help your judgment. In case that your judgment is that a specific restaurant or service organization does not reliably offer quality, you have to proof this with evidence enough to indicate from where the judgment has been arrived. 

What is an Example of Evaluation Essay?

Similar to descriptive essay, the evaluative essay outline consist of introduction, body and conclusion. Below, you can find the guidelines on how to write each part:

when beginning an evaluation essay, the hardest part is to write an effective introduction? The main purpose of a solid intro is to catch the eyes of reader and quickly delineate for what your essay is, so that just a few sentences can reveal your exposition and the reader would like to continue reading. Coincidentally, for the starting part a few sentences are sufficient. Your introduction closes with the thesis statement which articulate your thoughts on which you are going to put in highlights in the evaluation.

There should be atleast three or more paragraphs in the body section. Each passage of body section should be started with a topic sentence that fills in as a little examples and illustrations. Prove your topic sentence with evidence from credible resources. Ensure that you have exhibited enough data and subtleties in each passage, so every reader who reads it, can be prepared to agree with your ideas.

Your conclusion begins with thesis statement. A conclusion, like other essays has a closing phrase. Start your conclusion by restating your thesis restatement. Then, review all the main points you have raised in your body paragraphs wrapping up with the final estimation you want your readers to get from your evaluation. Simple, this is how you conclude your essay!

Many students when composing an evaluation essay try to begin with the sample and example which helps them in writing. Regardless of if the essay is your evaluation paper test, as a student you may discover basic ideas to consider in your evaluation essay. The composition procedure of an evaluation essay can be simple when you have a model to replicate or follow. From a genuine model of an evaluative essay you can pick the standards that the essay writer has utilized in their composition. It is never prescribe to the students to duplicate the content of the evaluation essay available online for your evaluation paper – it might be viewed as faking. In extraordinary cases, the students can make over completed papers. However, when the essay is written without anyone else help, it is can surely very different, for which the student can get a high assessment. If you copy and re-write some material from the examples, be sure to check the composed article for unoriginality. Also, we have provided below a few sample works in this article for your assistance.

Bottom Line

Conclude your story with the inferences you have reached through evaluation and shape the assessment of your chosen story. A conclusion is meant to sum up all you had offered in your body section. At last, you can offer advice to the pursuers of the essay on whether viewing the story was worthy or not. If you concluding by negative criticism, you have to quickly clarify why. At that point, clarify your position especially inspired by which events. You should conclude with the inquiries that can assist you with making your exposition about the story: Has the story lived up to the expectation you had? Portray what you expected before you had seen the story and whether it has satisfied you as an audience or not. How can this story be contrasted with another from a similar class? Do you believe that this is the perfect story of a specific class? For this you can utilize this correlation with feature negative or positive parts of the story.

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How to Write an Evaluation Essay

In this guide you will find:

What is an Evaluation Essay

How to start an evaluation essay, evaluation essay outline, evaluation essay example.

The overall objective of an evaluation essay is to provide validation for the quality (or lack thereof) concerning a particular specific item, product, business, service, program, book, movie etc. It is true that every evaluation will contain some sort of opinion, but in order to be done correctly, the evaluation should not read as though it is opinionated. More specifically, a good evaluation will be fact-based, unbiased and reasonable.

In order to write evaluations that follow this criteria, it is crucial to follow CJE guidelines. In other words, they are criteria, judgement and evidence.

Criteria references the desire to demonstrate what can be expected as a reasonable outcome for the component being evaluated. Establishing concise criteria will prevent the paper from becoming overly opinionated.

Judgement comes from establishing if the criteria is being met.

Evidence is all of the information used to support the judgement.

Specifically, every paragraph in the body of the essay will focus on one key fact. Each fact should be explained in detail, offering judgement and evidence to support the argument.

Potential topics for an evaluation essay include:


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This is the outline structure most commonly used for evaluative writing. Each point should be addressed, ideally in the order mentioned.


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Second Reason

Third Reason

Restate your thesis statement and the purpose of your essay. Remember to change up the verbiage used so that you are not simply copying your opening statement. This is the last section of your work when you may make an impression on your audience. You will sure want to leave your reader with a strong recommendation.

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Conclusion Sentence Examples for Essays

Your closing statement is your final opportunity to speak to your audience. You need to be able to persuade them, or to highlight your own point of view, or to impress upon them your stance as an expert in the subject. The end of your evaluation essay should boast completeness and offer closure. However, it should also give the reader everything they need to form their own opinion or provoke them to want to learn more.

In order to create a sense of closure, you might choose to:

To end a discussion, while leaving room for further thought, you might choose to:

How not to end your essay

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Evaluation and grading criteria for essays.

IVCC's online Style Book presents the Grading Criteria for Writing Assignments .

This page explains some of the major aspects of an essay that are given special attention when the essay is evaluated.

Thesis and Thesis Statement

Probably the most important sentence in an essay is the thesis statement, which is a sentence that conveys the thesis—the main point and purpose of the essay. The thesis is what gives an essay a purpose and a point, and, in a well-focused essay, every part of the essay helps the writer develop and support the thesis in some way.

The thesis should be stated in your introduction as one complete sentence that

In high school, students often are told to begin an introduction with a thesis statement and then to follow this statement with a series of sentences, each sentence presenting one of the main points or claims of the essay. While this approach probably helps students organize their essays, spreading a thesis statement over several sentences in the introduction usually is not effective. For one thing, it can lead to an essay that develops several points but does not make meaningful or clear connections among the different ideas.

If you can state all of your main points logically in just one sentence, then all of those points should come together logically in just one essay. When I evaluate an essay, I look specifically for a one-sentence statement of the thesis in the introduction that, again, identifies the topic of the essay, states all of the main points, clarifies how those points are logically related, and conveys the purpose of the essay.

If you are used to using the high school model to present the thesis of an essay, you might wonder what you should do with the rest of your introduction once you start presenting a one-sentence statement of your thesis. Well, an introduction should do two important things: (1) present the thesis statement, and (2) get readers interested in the subject of the essay.

Instead of outlining each stage of an essay with separate sentences in the introduction, you could draw readers into your essay by appealing to their interests at the very beginning of your essay. Why should what you discuss in your essay be important to readers? Why should they care? Answering these questions might help you discover a way to draw readers into your essay effectively. Once you appeal to the interests of your readers, you should then present a clear and focused thesis statement. (And thesis statements most often appear at the ends of introductions, not at the beginnings.)

Coming up with a thesis statement during the early stages of the writing process is difficult. You might instead begin by deciding on three or four related claims or ideas that you think you could prove in your essay. Think in terms of paragraphs: choose claims that you think could be supported and developed well in one body paragraph each. Once you have decided on the three or four main claims and how they are logically related, you can bring them together into a one-sentence thesis statement.

All of the topic sentences in a short paper, when "added" together, should give us the thesis statement for the entire paper. Do the addition for your own papers, and see if you come up with the following:

Topic Sentence 1 + Topic Sentence 2 + Topic Sentence 3 = Thesis Statement


Effective expository papers generally are well organized and unified, in part because of fairly rigid guidelines that writers follow and that you should try to follow in your papers.

Each body paragraph of your paper should begin with a topic sentence, a statement of the main point of the paragraph. Just as a thesis statement conveys the main point of an entire essay, a topic sentence conveys the main point of a single body paragraph. As illustrated above, a clear and logical relationship should exist between the topic sentences of a paper and the thesis statement.

If the purpose of a paragraph is to persuade readers, the topic sentence should present a claim, or something that you can prove with specific evidence. If you begin a body paragraph with a claim, a point to prove, then you know exactly what you will do in the rest of the paragraph: prove the claim. You also know when to end the paragraph: when you think you have convinced readers that your claim is valid and well supported.

If you begin a body paragraph with a fact, though, something that it true by definition, then you have nothing to prove from the beginning of the paragraph, possibly causing you to wander from point to point in the paragraph. The claim at the beginning of a body paragraph is very important: it gives you a point to prove, helping you unify the paragraph and helping you decide when to end one paragraph and begin another.

The length and number of body paragraphs in an essay is another thing to consider. In general, each body paragraph should be at least half of a page long (for a double-spaced essay), and most expository essays have at least three body paragraph each (for a total of at least five paragraphs, including the introduction and conclusion.)

Support and Development of Ideas

The main difference between a convincing, insightful interpretation or argument and a weak interpretation or argument often is the amount of evidence than the writer uses. "Evidence" refers to specific facts.

Remember this fact: your interpretation or argument will be weak unless it is well supported with specific evidence. This means that, for every claim you present, you need to support it with at least several different pieces of specific evidence. Often, students will present potentially insightful comments, but the comments are not supported or developed with specific evidence. When you come up with an insightful idea, you are most likely basing that idea on some specific facts. To present your interpretation or argument well, you need to state your interpretation and then explain the facts that have led you to this conclusion.

Effective organization is also important here. If you begin each body paragraph with a claim, and if you then stay focused on supporting that claim with several pieces of evidence, you should have a well-supported and well-developed interpretation.

As stated above, each body paragraph generally should be at least half of a page long, so, if you find that your body paragraphs are shorter than this, then you might not be developing your ideas in much depth. Often, when a student has trouble reaching the required minimum length for an essay, the problem is the lack of sufficient supporting evidence.

In an interpretation or argument, you are trying to explain and prove something about your subject, so you need to use plenty of specific evidence as support. A good approach to supporting an interpretation or argument is dividing your interpretation or argument into a few significant and related claims and then supporting each claim thoroughly in one body paragraph.

Insight into Subject

Sometimes a student will write a well-organized essay, but the essay does not shed much light on the subject. At the same time, I am often amazed at the insightful interpretations and arguments that students come up with. Every semester, students interpret aspects of texts or present arguments that I had never considered.

If you are writing an interpretation, you should reread the text or study your subject thoroughly, doing your best to notice something new each time you examine it. As you come up with a possible interpretation to develop in an essay, you should re-examine your subject with that interpretation in mind, marking passages (if your subject is a literary text) and taking plenty of notes on your subject. Studying your subject in this way will make it easier for you to find supporting evidence for your interpretation as you write your essay.

The insightfulness of an essay often is directly related to the organization and the support and development of the ideas in the essay. If you have well-developed body paragraphs focused on one specific point each, then it is likely that you are going into depth with the ideas you present and are offering an insightful interpretation.

If you organize your essay well, and if you use plenty of specific evidence to support your thesis and the individual claims that comprise that thesis, then there is a good possibility that your essay will be insightful.

Clarity is always important: if your writing is not clear, your meaning will not reach readers the way you would like it to. According to IVCC's Grading Criteria for Writing Assignments , "A," "B," and "C" essays are clear throughout, meaning that problems with clarity can have a substantial effect on the grade of an essay.

If any parts of your essay or any sentences seem just a little unclear to you, you can bet that they will be unclear to readers. Review your essay carefully and change any parts of the essay that could cause confusion for readers. Also, take special note of any passages that your peer critiquers feel are not very clear.

"Style" refers to the kinds of words and sentences that you use, but there are many aspects of style to consider. Aspects of style include conciseness, variety of sentence structure, consistent verb tense, avoidance of the passive voice, and attention to the connotative meanings of words.

Several of the course web pages provide information relevant to style, including the following pages:

William Strunk, Jr.'s, The Elements of Style is a classic text on style that is now available online.

Given the subject, purpose, and audience for each essay in this course, you should use a formal writing voice . This means that you should avoid use of the first person ("I," "me," "we," etc.), the use of contractions ("can't," "won't," etc.), and the use of slang or other informal language. A formal writing voice will make you sound more convincing and more authoritative.

If you use quotations in a paper, integrating those quotations smoothly, logically, and grammatically into your own sentences is important, so make sure that you are familiar with the information on the Integrating Quotations into Sentences page.

"Mechanics" refers to the correctness of a paper: complete sentences, correct punctuation, accurate word choice, etc. All of your papers for the course should be free or almost free from errors. Proofread carefully, and consider any constructive comments you receive during peer critiques that relate to the "mechanics" of your writing.

You might use the grammar checker if your word-processing program has one, but grammar checkers are correct only about half of the time. A grammar checker, though, could help you identify parts of the essay that might include errors. You will then need to decide for yourself if the grammar checker is right or wrong.

The elimination of errors from your writing is important. In fact, according to IVCC's Grading Criteria for Writing Assignments , "A," "B," and "C" essays contain almost no errors. Significant or numerous errors are a characteristic of a "D" or "F" essay.

Again, the specific errors listed in the second table above are explained on the Identifying and Eliminating Common Errors in Writing web page.

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An evaluation essay is one of the most common tasks in school and college. This essay is written tо evaluate a specific work of literature, film, etc. The purpose of the essay is to give аn overall opinion оf the work and give a specific evaluation of thе elements of the work. The evaluative essay example should be written according to the following steps.

You should read the piece of literature or a piece of art carefully and carefully evaluate it. It is essential tо read the piece of work at least 3 times.

Step 1: Reading the piece of literature or a work of art carefully

It is essential to read the piece of literature or a work of art carefully and carefully before yоu start writing. You must understand the work and understand the elements of the work before you start writing. This step is vital tо write an evaluative essay correctly. It is essential to understand the theme of the piece of literature or art. You should understand what is the purpose of the author. Yоu need to be able to understand the author’s main argument or purpose. You must understand thе author’s main idea and purpose. It is important tо read the piece of literature or a piece of art аt least three times. You must understand thе author’s thesis. The thesis is the main idea or the point that the author is making. The main idea of the author must be clear to you. It is important to understand the author’s thesis before you start writing. Yоu must also know the author’s main points and arguments. These points are the main points that the author uses in the essay.

Step 2: Evaluating the elements of the work

You need to evaluate the work in order to write an evaluation essay. The evaluation should be based on the elements. Thе elements are what the author uses to support his/her main idea or argument. You need to be able to identify and identify the author’s main points. It is important to understand the main points of the author. It іs also important to identify the main themes оf the piece of literature or art. You need to identify thе main characters and their role in thе piece of literature.

You can also read the piece оf аrt several times to get a better understanding оf the theme. It is important to understand the theme before writing your evaluation essay.

You should also understand the theme of thе piece of literature or аrt before writing your evaluation essay. It іs essential to understand the theme of the art or the work of art before you start writing your evaluation essay. It is important to understand the theme of the work before you write your evaluation essay.

You need to be able to identify and identify the author’s main ideas and arguments. You need to bе able to identify the main characters in the piece of work. You need to understand the author’s thesis аnd the overall theme of the work.

Step 2: Evaluating the text’s main idea

Once you have the main points of thе text, it is time tо evaluate the main idea. Yоu should be asking yourself the questions such аs: What is the main idea оf the text? What message does the author try to deliver to the readers? What is the author using symbols, imagery, etc.?

Once yоu have the main idea, yоu should then ask yourself thе following questions:

Step 3: Writing your evaluation

Once you have an understanding of thе main points of the text, you can now start writing your evaluation. The main point of the text should then be the topic sentence of your evaluation. The topic sentence of your evaluation can be a sentence from the introduction, or it can bе a sentence from the conclusion. You can then support your topic sentence with evidence from the text оr from the work of art. You can use different types of evidence to support your topic sentence, depending on the type of text and thе type of work. For instance, you can use textual evidence from the text to support your topic sentence, but you can also use visual evidence from the work оf art.

For example, if the text is a novel, you could use textual evidence from the text to support your topic sentence. However, you can also use visual evidence from thе novel to support your topic sentence.

Once you have your topic sentence, you can then write your evaluation paragraph. The evaluation paragraph can consist of one tо three sentences. However, the evaluation should not be more than a couple of sentences.

Your evaluation paragraph can consist of оne to three sentences, and each sentence can be between 150 аnd 250 words. However, your evaluation should nоt be longer than about 1 paragraph, and it should be clear and concise. Your evaluation should nоt bе longer than about 1 page.

Step 11: Writing your paper

Now that you have evaluated the text, you must write your essay. This step is thе same for all essays: you must begin your paper with аn introduction and conclusion. The introduction should be short, concise, and to-the-point. The introduction should be:

The introduction is the first paragraph of your essay. It must grab the reader’s attention and encourage them tо read further. The introductory paragraph should include a thesis statement, and the thesis statement should be one sentence long. The introduction should not include any background information. It should also not include any analysis or commentary.

Your introduction should not contain any quotes, paraphrases, or direct quotations. You should also avoid using any jargon or jargon in your introduction. Your introduction should also be specific. Yоu should not use vague words оr generalizations. For example, don’t say, “I think this is a good essay example because…” Use a specific example instead.

Your introduction should include аt least three paragraphs. In each paragraph, include a topic sentence, a thesis statement, аnd a supporting point. Each paragraph should also include a transition sentence that moves from one paragraph to the next. The transition sentence should be a sentence that moves from оne paragraph to the next and connects your thesis statement to thе previous paragraph. The transition sentence should not introduce a new idea. It should only connect your topic sentence to your previous paragraph.

In the introduction, you must also include an attention grabber, or a sentence that draws your reader in. Yоu can use a quote, a rhetorical question, or an anecdote. You may also include a brief summary of the text’s main points.

The reader must understand what your essay is about before you proceed to write your essay. You can start your essay by introducing a thesis statement, but you can also start it by writing an interesting opening sentence. The opening sentence should be brief, clear, and concise. It should also bе related tо thе topic sentence in the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph. You can write a hook tо draw the reader in. The hook can be a quote, a rhetorical question, a rhetorical question example, or an anecdote. You should not use an overly long opening sentence. You can start your essay with a quote.



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What is an evaluation essay?

The evaluation essay is an essay that demonstrates the quality, or lack of quality, that a particular business, service, program, or product has. Some opinion will be involved, but the idea is to create a paper that doesn’t come off as sounding too opinionated. Rather, you’re going to want to write an essay that shows reasons and an unbiased opinion.

There are three particular items you’ll need to cover in order to convey this clearly. Those items are criteria, judgments, and evidence. Learn how to write quality paragraphs so that you get your point across .

The criteria involves demonstrating the expected outcome. For example, if you intend to sign up for a wireless phone contract you expect both the product and the service to work as the business is stating it will. There are specific standards you expect from the phone based on what the company states the phone can do, and there are specific standards you expect from the service the company is offering based on the company’s own information.

Verizon Wireless boasts the largest 4G LTE network, and they have a large customer base. This large customer base would not stay with the company if their service failed, and many people do end up switching phone companies because of issues with service. Using the wireless phone example, there are specific criteria you could mention in your essay.

Regarding the service, you could summarize the company’s promotional pamphlet: quality of cell signal, customer service, price, services and items available to give greater ease of use, etc. You can do the same with the wireless phone you purchase using the company’s information about that particular phone: ease of use, battery life, price, technical support available, etc.

You would describe this criteria in your evaluation essay so that your reader knows the expectations of the service and product involved. Without it, your reader has no idea what was expected of these items and therefore cannot evaluate anything from what you write.

The judgment describes whether or not the criteria are met. Using the example of the wireless phone service, if you can’t get a signal in your home that might show a lacking in the network the wireless provider offers and boasts of. If you call customer service in an attempt to clear up the issues you’re having and are met with sarcasm and scorn, that would also show that criteria are not being met.

However, you might receive excellent customer service in which the person is able to clear up your problem, and it would reveal a meeting of criteria. As for the phone, if you’ve had the phone for three months and notice that the battery lasts only half as long as the company boasted, this would be a lack of meeting criteria. Improve your writing with some advanced strategies .

Without evidence, your evaluation essay becomes nothing more than your opinion about a product, service, or program. Evidence is what you use to support your judgment. If you’re going to say that a wireless carrier’s service is terrible, you’re going to have to explain why. Were your calls being dropped a lot? Did text messages not get sent? What exactly happened to make you decide that the wireless carrier had poor service?

The Layout of Your Essay

Like other types of essays, the evaluation essay requires an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. You can write it in the five-paragraph format with one introduction paragraph, three body paragraphs, and a single concluding paragraph, but you can also write a far larger body as well. Your evaluation essay should also include a thesis, and that thesis will be your overall evaluation of whatever it was you evaluated.

Using the wireless carrier as an example again, if you were to write a thesis statement regarding a wireless carrier that provided poor cell service, poor customer service, but great prices, your thesis would likely be mostly negative stating that the wireless carrier did not meet many of the criteria of its company.

If you were to write a thesis statement regarding a wireless carrier that provided excellent cell service, excellent customer service, and high prices, your thesis would likely be more positive. You would then move on to cover these criteria in further detail in the body of your essay.

Each body paragraph should cover one criterion, and that criterion should be fully explained. You should include your judgment regarding that criterion and any evidence to support your judgment. Again, the idea is to avoid sounding too opinionated or biased. One way to prevent this is to avoid saying, “I think…” and other phrases like it.

Your conclusion will summarize everything you covered. More than likely, you will rephrase your thesis to drive your point home, and you can summarize each criteria you covered. You can also summarize the judgments and evidence that you have to support these judgments.

Selecting Your Topic

When selecting your topic, you’re going to want to focus on a specific service, product, policy, or business. Try to be as specific as possible. If you were to choose a school, you might want to focus on a certain part of the school like their classes, their food, or something else. Of course, selecting the right topic also depends on the length of your paper. If your paper is expected to be ten pages long, you might just have enough room to evaluate all of those topics on one specific school.

Here are a few topics you might want to consider:

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120 Good Evaluation Essay Topics for Powerful, Thought-Provoking Writing

An evaluation essay is an academic paper that could be assigned almost on any college subject. It shares some similarities with a persuasive essay and a review. However, it is a standalone genre of writing with its unique features.

So, what is an evaluation essay? The primary purpose of this type of essay is to present a value judgment on a book, article, course, event, experience, cultural artifact, etc. Unlike a persuasive essay or a review, your viewpoint must be balanced and backed up by evidence elicited from a detailed analysis of the subject.

Topics for an evaluation essay can be just as diverse as for any other kind of paper. The trick is to find a suitable object to consider, choose the criteria you will use to make your judgment, and apply analysis to produce supporting evidence for your point of view.

Helping you with the first step is the purpose of this post. Here you will find 120 interesting evaluation essay topics on various subjects. Many of them are linked to the samples from our free database to illustrate how this topic can be addressed. Please note that there is no one correct opinion, especially when it comes to personal experiences. Treat those samples only as a model for structure and style and feel free to disagree with the viewpoints expressed.

Evaluation Paper Topics about Education

Opening our evaluation essay topics list is one of the most accessible areas for any student – education. As a student, you can assess your teacher, classroom experience, textbook, progress within the course, test experience, and anything in between. As an educator, you can evaluate the curriculum, your own performance, the work of your colleague, or even an entire policy. Choose a topic from this list or come up with your own, but don't forget to be objective.

Nursing and Healthcare Evaluative Essay Topics

Healthcare is one of the critical areas of public life and, as such, often a source of controversial topics, from universal healthcare rights to a choice to end one's life with medical assistance. That is why it is so essential to practice a balanced outlook in this sphere in particular. Thus, we are justifying an evaluation essay topics selection presented here.

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The last example of evaluation essay topics on this list is dedicated to such a ubiquitous thing as technology. We have striven to cover a wide range of competency levels – from a layman user to a data architect.

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Transfer of Credit in Education: Evaluating Applicability & Currency - Essay Sample

Transfer of Credit in Education: Evaluating Applicability & Currency - Essay Sample


The idea of transfer of credit in colleges, training institutions and universities is the measurement of compared to prior learning or training of skills of examinations, courses, or experiential units versus the current existing offerings of a university or college or any other learning institution by evaluating the applicability and the currency of the credit claims and petitions. Transfer of credits can allow a scholar to move attendance from one institution to another, in such a way that the sources of credit transfer are interpreted and moved accordingly per course and appropriate relevance. In normal circumstances, a student or a learner is required to make an official petition or request for transfer credit, except situation where there are transfer specified arrangements describing the acceptance of credit influenced by several other factors like institution policy upon dual registration or other types of a partnership between the education providers (Taylor 73).

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In a nutshell, Credit Transfer is the reception of prior skills of learning signified in the credits applied or the course units or and articulated by denoting on a student's academic transcript. Transferring the courses are usually not calculated into the GPA of the new joining institution of learning. Nevertheless, these academic units may be documented depending on the attending institution to demonstrate the degree of performance in the course unit transferred, alongside other qualities, for example, as when the subject course was taken.

When the attending institution or college determines if and how many credit transfers to apply with a person's diploma or degree plan, that transfer will after that appear on their official academic transcript of the new institution, usually, the grades are not involved with the credit transfer procedure, so, therefore, they are not calculated as part to form the grade point average (GPA). Transfer of credit generally comprises the formal course work. Experiential learning credits, credit by examinations, and external training credits usually are considered as credit transfer.

Colleges and Universities which lack college credits transferring for students affect student success in many ways. It is a great matter and has contributed to the ratings of most college admission and excellence framework. Firstly, one of the most regularly advertised advantages of various community colleges is that they can save families and their learners a lot of financial constraints; taking for example that one can transfer all their credits, it, therefore, means that students will speed their education journey and finish whatever diploma or degree plans they have. Eventually, they will be capable of pursuing advanced professional or education studies or other exiting entry-level workplace careers (Stevens 69). Despite these expectations, this is normally not what happens in these colleges. The board of examiners and various college policymakers have not paid enough attention to what happens to these students whenever they transfer.

Nobody follows or keep track of whether or not these students' credits get successfully transferred, and the level of accomplishment to which they can successfully reach in a four-year learning environment. Still, fundamental forces and pressures of change on the government higher education scheme, such as the demand for performance, public's lack of trust in education, disruptive innovation, state funding shortfalls, online education providers, increasing state demands for greater accountability, and cost-efficiency in government higher education rivalry from for-profit and needs us to pay closer consideration to this (Li et al. 60). Most students permanently lose a substantial number of credits through the credit transfer process mainly due to the reasons mentioned above, post-secondary processes and systems are not integrated or aligned to permit for seamless and transparent evolution from one level of education to the next one as a student pursues further educational achievements. Often, credits transfers are acknowledged as electives and not primarily in the central area of study in which the learner has a strong desire to focus. Some of the credits gotten in the fundamental subjects, like languages, for example, English, may fail to be transferred and get accepted to specific colleges because of varying departmental requirements.

In other colleges, students remain in a state of confusion as they are not sure of what they should study because the career advisement and student counsellors of such academic institutions have not done a predominantly good work of directing and giving them recommendations on the options they choose. Furthermore, many universities have not stated clearly about what subjects students need to take at community colleges, as program necessities change from one university department to another, and may also be subjected to the discretion of diverse faculties or schools (Stevens 69). When colleges lack an adequately defined structure, clear directions to lead students across every single transition along with the schooling range, and carefully and advising intrusively at significant milestones, the current system of education will continue to flop many of our students across many colleges. This old fashioned policies and systems of education that do not permit credit transfer is failing and demoralizing many learners who already have acquired their qualifications in one institution and wishes to advance it in a different institution.

According to a recent study, the average number of Alamo College's two-year diploma graduate receives 80 credits at college-level, while those scholars pursuing associate's degree needs only 55 credits (Angelucci 143). Therefore, it means that students stay in schools for a longer duration than what is necessary; in fact, it takes full-time students one year longer, and for part-time students, they spend two more years at college, which consists of the largest unit of their degree students. Additionally, the Alamo Colleges have courses with majors that are not in most cases compatible with any university sophomore and major freshman requirements, therefore the college students generally miss up to 25 in percentage of their credits whenever they apply for a transfer to any four-year Institutions of Higher Education from the Alamo Colleges (Angelucci 124).

Texas Public Universities do not consider the scholars' community college majors but focus only on the course units they have taken. Hence, to reduce such losses incurred during such credit transfers, many universities or colleges do advise students to follow the specific university's course guidelines, which describe the course units that amount towards a specified degree or diploma. Every university or college has different requirements for their version of the major (Angelucci 76). Thus, rather than pursuing a major, most students are forced to take a specified sequence of courses that their anticipated university or college makes it a mandatory requirement. As a result of having majors, the accrediting agency of Alamo Colleges, abbreviated SACSCOC, requires all of these courses to include an articulate form of coursework inside the degree program while demanding that the learning results be measured. This approach locks in such courses and therefore eliminates flexibility and gives limited options for Alamo College students. The outcome of such a situation is that whenever scholars transfer, they lose credits. It, therefore, explains why 55 percent of Alamo College scholars prefer not to declare their majors until their credit transfers are approved so that they can minimize the loss of credits (Angelucci 165). In this ear, universities that remain rigid in accepting credit transfers inflict much unnecessary pain, redundancy and wastage of both time and resources to both these students and their families.

Works Cited

Angelucci, Manuela. "Conditional Cash Transfer Programs, Credit Constraints, And Migration." LABOUR 26.1 (2011): 124-136. Web.

Li, Huikang et al. "The Establishment of Academic Credit Accumulation and Transfer System: A Case Study of Shanghai Academic Credit Transfer and Accumulation Bank for Lifelong Education." Asian Association of Open Universities Journal 8.1 (2013): 61-70. Web.

Stevens, Newton. "From Community College to University: Transfer Students and Transfer Credit as Opportunities for Foreign Language Departments at Research Universities." ADFL Bulletin 44.2 (2018): 69-80. Web.

Taylor, Jason L. "Reverse Credit Transfer: Recognizing And Measuring Transfer Student Success." New Directions for Institutional Research 2016.170 (2016): 73-86. Web.

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    Evaluation is an important component of an advanced essay. It requires the ability to look at facts, arguments and analysis, with a degree of critical distance. Evaluation involves: Looking at what other factors may affect the outcome. Time lags involved. How it might depend on other issues, e.g. elasticity of demand

  13. How to Write an Evaluation Essay: Easy Steps with Examples

    An evaluative essay generally speaking, is an individual evaluation which contains an abstract view with providing a justification. For example you watch a movie and then you are asked to evaluate it on the basis of your exposition. The interesting fact about an evaluative essay is its uniqueness.

  14. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

    You may sometimes be called upon to critique an essay that you've read, and being able to take apart and evaluate something you read can be helpful as you build your own writing skills, too. To...

  15. How to Write an Evaluation Essay

    How to Start an Evaluation Essay. Writing an evaluation essay is a fantastic way to see how a specific idea or concept measures up. This specific type of writing offers critical insight into the criteria being evaluated, and presents fair and reasonable evidence so that anyone reading the paper can form their own opinion.

  16. Evaluation Essay: Thesis, Format, & Examples

    An evaluation essay is written by first making an overall judgment about the topic in the introduction and previewing the main points. The body of the essay lists the criteria that led to the...

  17. ENG 1001: Evaluation Criteria for Essays

    When I evaluate an essay, I look specifically for a one-sentence statement of the thesis in the introduction that, again, identifies the topic of the essay, states all of the main points, clarifies how those points are logically related, and conveys the purpose of the essay.


    The evaluation essay will require a conclusion which summarizes the points made during the main body. It is important that your argument has been logically structured throughout; that each point made leads fluently on to the next and seamlessly through to the conclusion.

  19. How to Write an Evaluation Essay: Easy Steps

    Step 2: Evaluating the elements of the work. You need to evaluate the work in order to write an evaluation essay. The evaluation should be based on the elements. Thе elements are what the author uses to support his/her main idea or argument. You need to be able to identify and identify the author's main points.

  20. The Evaluation Essay: A Quick Introduction and Topic Suggestions

    The evaluation essay is an essay that demonstrates the quality, or lack of quality, that a particular business, service, program, or product has. Some opinion will be involved, but the idea is to create a paper that doesn't come off as sounding too opinionated. Rather, you're going to want to write an essay that shows reasons and an ...

  21. Evaluation Essay Examples

    Evaluation Essay Samples. Evaluating a person, place, or thing takes technical understanding. See our samples of evaluation essays to grasp how to evaluate properly within written form. Evaluation essay samples still leave some questions open?

  22. 120 Evaluation Essay Topics for Compelling Original Papers

    120 Good Evaluation Essay Topics for Powerful, Thought-Provoking Writing. An evaluation essay is an academic paper that could be assigned almost on any college subject. It shares some similarities with a persuasive essay and a review. However, it is a standalone genre of writing with its unique features.

  23. Transfer of Credit in Education: Evaluating Applicability & Currency

    Introduction. The idea of transfer of credit in colleges, training institutions and universities is the measurement of compared to prior learning or training of skills of examinations, courses, or experiential units versus the current existing offerings of a university or college or any other learning institution by evaluating the applicability and the currency of the credit claims and petitions.