CATW FAQ

You should notice that the scoring rubric describes levels of performance in each of the scoring categories. You can get anywhere from 6 points from a rater for a very strong performance to 1 point for a very weak performance.

Scores in the 1 & 2 point range identify weak responses to the assignment; scores in the 3 & 4 point range identify mid-level responses; scores in the 5 & 6 point range identify very good or superior responses.

Your response will receive a Weighted Total score on the CATW. Weighted Total scores are calculated by adding up the individual rater scores across the five scoring dimensions; however, scores in the three content dimensions – Critical Response, Development of Ideas, and Structure of Response – are weighted twice as much as those in the two language use dimensions – Sentence and Word Choice, and Grammar; and Usage and Mechanics. For example, if your response is rated 4 in each dimension by both raters, the total weighted score would be 2(4+4) + 2(4+4) + 2(4+4) + (4+4) + (4+4) = 64.

A passing score on the CATW is 56, which can be obtained by getting a combination of 3’s and 4’s in each of the scoring categories: 2(3+4) + 2(3+4) + 2(3+4) + (3+4) + (3+4) = 56. Of course, there are other combinations of scores that will add up to a 56, but overall you should think of aiming your writing level at getting at least a 4 from at least one of the raters in each of the scoring categories and having no one give you a 2 in any category.

Here are some additional samples of score calculations on the new writing test:

Passing scores:

2(4+4) + 2(4+4) + 2(4+4) + (4+4) + (4+4) = 64

2(4+4) + 2(4+4) + 2(4+4) + (3+3) + (3+3) = 60

2(4+4) + 2(4+3) + 2(4+3) + (3+3) + (3+3) = 56

2(3+3) + 2(3+3) + 2(4+4) + (4+4) + (4+4) = 56

Failing scores:

2(3+3) + 2(3+3) + 2(3+3) + (3+3) + (3+3) = 48

2(2+2) + 2(2+2) + 2(3+3) + (3+3) + (3+3) = 40