How are essays submitted to Holt Online Essay Scoring evaluated?
Essays submitted to Holt Online Essay Scoring are evaluated by the Intelligent Essay Assessor™ (IEA), a software application developed by (KAT). Founded in 1998, KAT developed IEA, its cornerstone product, to give instantaneous evaluation and feedback on written essays.
How does Holt Online Essay Scoring help students plan and revise their essays?
Holt Online Essay Scoring has several types of prewriting activities and tips for revision. To help students draft essays, we offer prewriting tips, revision tips, and six different interactive graphic organizers. After submitting an essay, a student also has access to writing activities specifically designed for writers at his or her performance level. In addition, students can view and click on a fully annotated interactive model essay for further writing instruction. All of these features are in addition to the holistic and analytic feedback displayed for each essay. To sample these features, visit our .
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Does the length of an essay affect its score?
An essay under 100 words or over 1,200 words will receive an advisory from our system. For essays falling within those boundaries, length is not a criterion for essay scoring. However, longer responses have more opportunity to demonstrate development of ideas, elaboration, careful word choice, and so on. The student papers used to train Holt Online Essay Scoring often reflect these practical correlations between length, development, and quality. In this way, length can indirectly influence the way an essay is scored because many of the better training papers are well developed and therefore longer.