Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 3.3. Specificity

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics



Definition (formal)

Specificity refers to the level of analysis and the limitations of claims acknowledged in a piece of writing.

Definition (informal)

Specificity: How far do you take it?


For example, the Persuasive Essay Example responds to a very general task but tries to answer it with some specificity (e.g., related to intelligence). However, it could acknowledge the limitations of generalising this domain (i.e., intelligence) to the whole issue of nature and nurture.

Resources (textbook)

Refer to the textbook pages and sections to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

Resources (web)

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