Essay Grading Product Details

Comprehensive Educational Assessment Platform

This application allows teachers and lecturers to setup

Essay grading

Multiple choice questions

True/False questions

English grammar tests

Written and audio feedback to students

Ability for teacher/lecture to create the tests

Comprehensive reporting for teacher/lecturer and students

FEES

Monthly fees depend upon the number of students which use the system. A typical monthly charge is AUD1,000 for up to 5,000 students

Other System Processes

We have three other systems, one for short answer questions up to 100 words in length, and one for larger answer questions up to 600 words in length, and one for NAPLAN narrative essays. Microsoft Word® documents are the preferred format.

Large answers

For the large answers, we need 100 human graded essays on the required topic to train the system, and a further 100 human graded essays to validate the scoring equation developed during the training process. Better performance results if the same 2-3 humans grade each essay, but this is not necessary.

Typically, the system/human score correlation matches the human/human correlation of the training essays.

We also need a few model answers - one is enough, but 2-5 is better. These model answers can simply be the top human scored essays, but would be in addition to the 100 training essays.

After training and validation, we can process any number of unscored essays on the same topic. Typically, an essay is graded in 2-3 seconds.

Interactive visual feedback is provided for each essay, including spelling errors, grammatical errors, a simple document parse tree, and graphical representation of concepts that a student under/over emphasised in comparison with the model answer/s. Teachers can click on a concept, in either the student or model answers, and the concept occurrence in the essay is highlighted.

An overall graphical summary shows the student cohort's coverage of concepts in comparison with the model answers. This can help the teacher see where the cohort as a whole under/over emphasised essay content. The next time the topic is discussed in class, the teacher can use this information to indicate the important, and not so important, content to the students and correct their misunderstandings of the topic.

 

Short answers

For the short answers, we need 30 human graded essays on the required topic to train the system, and a further 30 human graded essays to validate the scoring equation developed during the training process. Better performance results if the same 2-3 humans grade each essay, but this is not necessary.

After training and validation, we can process any number of unscored essays on the same topic. Typically, an essay is graded in 1 second.

A printed report for each essay is provided. The report contains a score, reading ease and level, spelling and grammatical errors, details on noun and verb phrases, and other essay statistics. A comparison of concepts discussed by the student versus a model answer, which is typically the highest human graded essay in the training set, is also provided.

FEES for Large and Short answer systems

We charge AUD400 for the following 15 hours of administration and setup services:

  • Typically, it takes 7 hours to engage with the client to ascertain the requirements, and setup the procedures for obtaining the essays and training scores prior to the training process.

  • We allow 5 hours to train the system.

  • We allow 3 hours to set up the results.

 

We then charge AUD1 for each unscored essay to be graded.

We hope this gives you a comprehensive overview of our services, processes, and charges.

NAPLAN Narrative Essay Practice

Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 can practice for their NAPLAN narrative essays by using our essay practice website. Simply login and submit your essay online and receive your grading results within minutes.

We provide grades and feedback for the NAPLAN criteria of Audience, Character and Setting, Cohesion, Ideas, Sentence, Paragraph, and Spelling.

FEES for NAPLAN essays

Students can subscribe to the service for AUD 10.00 per month.

Schools can subscribe for a fee of AUD 1.00 per student per month.

Currently AUD 1 = USD 0.74 (21 July 2018).