Evaluation Rubric for Graduate Certification Exam*
• A (Excellent)
o Flawless rendition of the original material.
o Translation is written in idiomatic English.
o No evidence of misunderstood syntax or vocabulary.
• B (Very Good)
o Accurate rendition of the original material (perhaps with some minor errors).
o Translation is written in generally idiomatic English; some unidiomatic constructions are used.
o Some problems with difficult syntax and/or vocabulary; few or no errors in basic syntax and idiom.
• C (Satisfactory)
o Mostly accurate rendition of the original material. Some parts may show signs of serious misunderstanding.
o Translation shows significant amounts of unidiomatic English.
o Significant problems with syntax and/or vocabulary in one or more passages. This might involve
fatal errors in one or more difficult passages and/or recurring errors
in easier parts of the text.
o Examples of loose paraphrase.
*An exam with a passing grade needs to be at the satisfactory level or
• D (Poor)
o Some evidence of comprehension of the material (i.e. not derived from general
knowledge of the text’s content) though with significant and frequent errors in translation.
o Some attempt at idiomatic English translation albeit with frequent errors or gaps.
o Significant problems with syntax and/or vocabulary throughout, particularly in difficult and moderately difficult segments.
o Lots of loose paraphrase.
• F (Failing)
o Little evidence of comprehension. Translation consists primarily of loose paraphrase
based on general knowledge of the material, shows frequent or large gaps, or completely misses the sense.
o Little attempt at accurate, idiomatic English translation. Frequent errors and gaps.