Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the minimum word count for essays?
- The minimum word counts for rough drafts and final drafts are 100 words and 150 words, respectively. Essays that are this short are not likely to receive high scores, but the system will accept them.
- What is the maximum word count for essays?
- The maximum word count for submitted essays is 10,000, but the auto-scoring engine is not capable of grading essays that exceed 800 words. The LMS will accept essays that are longer than 800 words, but the instructor will need to manually grade these essays.
The Final Draft (or Revision) step in the eWriting process is where students finalize their essays by expanding on their Pre-Writing and Rough Draft work. Just as with the Rough Draft, students are given a broad set of text formatting tools, and can save their work without submitting it by clicking the Save and Exit button. In some cases, students are able to continue with the course without submitting their work, and can return to it once they have completed their essay and are ready to submit it for a grade by clicking the Submit button. Students are then given a confirmation to ensure that they are actually ready to submit their work.
If an essay has been saved, but not submitted for a grade, students will be reminded of this in the Virtual Classroom Lobby with a notification stating that the course cannot be completed because of one or more ungraded essay assignments. It is important for students to make sure that they are ready to submit their final draft for a grade before they do so. If the essay is not acceptable (possibly because it is not long enough), it will be rejected. If the essay is rejected or the student tries to submit it more than twice, the student will receive a score of 0, which will be counted toward his or her grade for the entire course. If this happens, instructors can read the essay and change the grade that was automatically provided to one they feel is appropriate.