ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Write an Extraordinary Evaluative Essay?

Updated on May 6, 2015

It's Friday night and you and your best friend, Mia, have plans to see a new movie. The only thing is, you can't decide between watching the movie and having a great time or completing the evaluative essay which is due for submission the next day. Just when you’ll decide to complete the essay as soon as possible, you don’t get an appropriate topic to pen. Thus they watch the movie and write a review on the movie. Have you ever filled out a survey rating something from one to ten? These surveys are often used to find out how well something is liked or disliked. This is factual and accurate for an evaluation essay. Evaluation essays set out to create criteria and then judge or assess the subject based on criteria.

Writing an evaluation essay entails the writer to fully examine both sides and decide a debatable conclusion or decision. A Writer must completely discover the subject and offer opinions and evidence to support the judgement. The purpose of an evaluative essay is to determine the thorough worth or lack of a certain business, profession, program, service, place or product. In other words, evaluate a certain specific class rather than similar classes, which makes it easier. As the name suggests, the evaluative essay offers a value decision based on a set of benchmarks. An evaluative essay is mainly a review of something.

While to some extent evaluation implicates introducing some form of view or judgement. The evaluation should seem well-structured and unbiased; it must not come through as opinionated. The key to make this happen with a good investigative essay, is establishing strong and reasonable judgements, evidence and criteria.

Three Key Parts to an Evaluative Essay:

  1. The judgment, or your overall opinion
  2. The criteria, or reasons why you've made your opinion
  3. And last, evidence to support it

The judgement is the formation of whether or not the criteria are met. In other words, the judgement is what actually is. Consider the example where, the first criteria for evaluating an eatery is the quality of the food, the judgement states whether or not the actual eatery offers food that exceeds or meets the indicated quality.

Criteria the plural of criterion means creating what should be perfect for the service, place or product etc. In short, it means representing what one should expect as the perfect result. Having perfect flawless criteria is what keeps a valuation from feeling less like a judgement.


  • Restaurant criteria: ambience, service, food quality, taste, value, price.
  • Movie criteria: plot, artists, décor, notch, directing, humour.

The evidence is the particulars, facts and specifics offered to support the judgement. If a person’s judgement is that a certain restaurant does not constantly offer quality food, he needs to support this with a range of evidence to show how the judgement was gotten.

Some topics of an evaluative essay are listed below:

  • a new restaurant
  • an educational site
  • foreign policy of Ireland
  • Hobby or a Club
  • a vacation spot
  • a piece of art
  • Advertisements
  • service quality
  • a gallery
  • deeds of a famous historical figure
  • Theatre performance

So how can one put the three elements to work a make a brilliant evaluative essay that says more that “Since I said so”? For beginners, include four main gears: introduction, more or less background information, criteria, and conclusion. Normally, each body paragraph of an evaluative essay focuses on a specific criterion, which should be fully described, trailed by the judgement and a variety of evidence offered as backing. It is essential that any evaluation holds several criteria, judgements, and evidence along with an overall thesis.

How to Write an Evaluation Essay

  • Brainstorm possible topics find something to evaluate
  • What category of a thing is it?
  • Draft a thesis statement which exactly tells what you think.
  • Define your subject.
  • Choose the appropriate criteria. Be opinionated! and pick at least three criteria.
  • Critique the criteria.
  • Give the right amount of details
  • Ensure the writing is balanced and evaluates all the criteria thoroughly
  • Avoid evaluating topics that are broad or overused
  • Write a review than a summary
  • Argue for the judgement you've made

In writing an evaluation it is essential to evaluate both sides of the issue. Why does the other person feel the way he/she does. One way of presenting an argument that will touch the heart of the audience is to use anecdotes showing why the writer has taken the point of view he/she has. Appeal to their emotions as to why your point of view is clearly right. If the argument seems biased the audience will often be biased against the writer. It is important to clarify all viewpoints by giving evidence. Each paragraph should have a main sentence that ties with the thesis. Make a conclusion that wraps the information up yet leaving a thought for the audience to take with them.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)