College of Management Undergraduate Program Office

CMWA Grading Standards and Sample Questions

SAMPLE CMWA AND GRADING

The assessment test has been updated to identify those students who may need more time to review and develop English grammar and fundamental writing skills.

The exam will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions (1 point each) and one (1) mini business case paragraph response worth ten points.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS

Example multiple-choice questions (correct answer is marked with a *):

1.As she gained more experience, she began to work with the people coming to the shelter to consider adopting one of ____ dogs or cats.

a. their           b. there           c. its*           d. it’s

2. Do you really want to give ________ the money that you earned?

a. Jim and her*           b. Jim and she           c. them two           d. she and Jim

3. I pulled two _________ at the same time.

a. cat’s tails            b. cats tail’s            c. cat’s tails’           d. cats’ tails*

The mini business case:

Your client, SleekDesign, wants an analysis of and recommendations for possible expansion into new markets in Canada and Mexico. You have recently completed a very similar analysis for a different client, ArtForAll. The two clients, SleekDesign and ArtForAll, provide very similar services, and are fierce competitors. You could simply take the analysis you developed for ArtForAll and change it around to fit the specific situation of SleekDesign. In this case, you’d be recommending that both companies target more or less the same new markets, using more or less the same new strategies. Alternatively, you could try to develop a different strategy for SleekDesign, in which case you would not be pitting the two companies directly against each other as competitors in these new markets. If you pursue the former approach, your job will be easier. If you pursue the latter approach, your job will be harder, but you will be helping maintain the competitive positions of both your clients. As a business professional, what should you do, and why?

PARAGRAPH GRADING STANDARDS:

10= Paragraph demonstrates excellent composition skills including a clear and thought-provoking thesis, appropriate and effective organization, lively and convincing supporting materials, effective diction and sentence skills, and perfect or near perfect mechanics including spelling and punctuation. The writing perfectly accomplishes the objectives of the assignment.

9 = Paragraph contains strong composition skills including a clear and thought-provoking thesis, although development, diction, and sentence style may suffer minor flaws. Shows careful and acceptable use of mechanics. The writing effectively accomplishes the goals of the assignment.

8 = Paragraph contains above average composition skills, including a clear, insightful thesis, although development may be insufficient in one area and organization and style may not be consistently clear and effective. Shows competence in the use of mechanics. Paragraph contains few errors in grammar, syntax and mechanics.

7=Paragraph demonstrates competent composition skills including adequate development and organization, although the assumptions may be unsupported in more than one area. Paragraph contains some errors in grammar, syntax and mechanics.

Below 7=Composition skills may be flawed in two or more areas. Grammar, syntax, and mechanics are excessively flawed. Fails to accomplish the goals of the assignment.

SCORES AND REGISTRATION

Placement into BC 290 is based on BOTH a score of at least 40 on the multiple choice AND at least an 8/10 on the written paragraph. (Note: students who score above a 40 on the multiple choice portion of the exam but DO NOT SCORE AN 8, 9, or 10 on the written essay will not be placed into BC 290.) In order to be eligible to register for the BC 230 class, students must score at least 35/50 on the multiple choice section AND students must score a 7/10 or higher on the written paragraph. (Note: students who score above a 35 on the multiple choice portion of the exam but DO NOT SCORE A 7 on the written essay will not be placed into BC 230.) Students who score below a 7 on the written paragraph will be allowed to re-take the exam with permission from the Writing Program Director.

CMWA STUDY GUIDE

Check out the CMWA Study Guide for more ways to prepare for the CMWA.

OUTSIDE WEBPAGE PRACTICE OPTIONS

If you are looking for additional ways to practice for the grammar portion of the College of Management Writing Assessment, here are some online resources: englishpage.com and UsingEnglish.com. 

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