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Academic Resource Center (ARC) Research & Writing Resources

Mechanics

Strength of Sentences
Strong Acceptable Needs Improvement
  • Sophisticated, varied, clear, and logical sentence structure 

  • Grammar and punctuation are free of errors.  

  • Correctly follows APA formatting, including headers, citations, quotations, and references.  

  • Sentence structures and word choice may be adequate but limited. The writing may be unclear at times.  

  • Some distracting proofreading errors.  

  • Contains some APA formatting errors, including headers, citations, quotations, and references.  

  • Inadequate sentence structures and word choice. The writing may often be unclear.  

  • Major proofreading errors. 

  • Little to no evidence of APA formatting, including headers, citations, quotations, and references.