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Academic Skills Essentials: Understanding marking rubrics

Marking rubrics explained

Do you sometimes feel you have no idea how to approach an assignment question? Do you wish you could read your lecturer’s mind to work out what he or she is looking for when awarding marks for your assignments?  

The good news is you don’t need to have supernatural powers to know how to do well in assignments. You just have to invest some time reading and understanding the marking rubrics for your assignments. 


What is a marking rubric? 

A marking rubrics is a document that tell you exactly what you will be assessed on (the criteria), the different standards for each criterion (the standards) and the specific details of what is needed for you to demonstrate your achievement for each level of performance (the descriptors). 

For more information about using marking rubrics, see the Marking Rubric Tip Sheet.


1. Which of the following are the benefits of using marking rubrics?

Choose more than one answer: 

a) You will know what your expectations of performance are before starting the assignment. 

b) You can monitor your own progress as you prepare your assignment. 

c) You become aware of the quality of your own work by comparing and contrasting it to the descriptors in the rubric. 

d) You can use the rubric as a checklist before submitting your assignment. 

1. a, b, c, d