Meeting the Assessment Marking Criteria or Marking Guide

Every assessment has Marking Criteria or a Marking Guide that shows both the student and the educator what is expected in the assessment. The educator will use these to decide on the grade for your assessment. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these criteria before starting your assessment. As you write it is also useful to compare your work with the marking criteria to ensure you are using the word count to maximise your grade.

Assessment details can be found either in the Unit Outline and/or in the Unit Class Space. Marking criteria are usually located in a table after the assessment description. Marking Guides are usually located in the unit class space in the Assessment Information sections.

The Marking Criteria Table may be divided into sections such as  Grades; Content; Structure, Presentation and Referencing; and Marks. Below is an example of a marking criteria table. The Content section identifies the topics and how they should be addressed. The Structure, Presentation and Referencing section covers the expectations for formatting, and writing in APA 6th style: including structure, use of evidence and referencing. A Marking Guide may include similar information to a marking criteria table but it is written in bullet point format. 

Assignments and their marking criteria are developed to align with the learning outcomes for each unit. It is important to locate assignment information and the marking criteria for each unit early in the trimester so your time and efforts are also aligned to the assessment requirements.