A three (3) essay reads with very few errors in usage, grammar, punctuation, or spelling, although the syntax and diction may be creative, the details are always clear.A two (2) essay may contain an occasional problem in syntax or diction, but the reader isn’t seriously distracted.A one (1) essay has enough mechanical problems to distract the reader, but understanding can be puzzled out.A zero (0) indicates severe problems with syntax, meaning, mechanics, word choice, etc.