Grade descriptions for 6.033: Spring 2009
A - Professional-level communication. If you were applying for a job that specified
"excellent communications skills," you could submit this paper as a writing sample. The
tone is businesslike, courteous, and confident. The structure demonstrates an
understanding of the professional genre. An A paper goes beyond fulfilling the
assignment's requirements, demonstrating superior skills in conveying information both
verbally and visually.
B - Competent work. This level of writing shows that you have followed the instructions
and given a clear, complete explanation or description with no major errors in formatting
or use of language. The material meets the assignment's requirements, but demonstrates
no significant effort to facilitate the reader's comprehension. A B paper is well done, but
it is unmistakably undergraduate level work.
C - Assignment completed without distinction. This level of writing shows that you have
done the assignment, but the reader has to work to understand it. A C paper is notably
lacking in attention to detail, usually indicating a need for revision and remedial help;
occasionally, however, a well-written paper may receive a C for violating significant
conventions of professional writing, such as using a tone that might offend some readers,
violation of professional writing conventions (such as consistent use of non-standard
vocabulary or punctuation), or egregious errors in formatting or presentation.
D - Has not fulfilled the assignment and will not pass without significant revision.
F - Indicates complete lack of effort, plagiarism, or some other violation of Institute