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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.

Examples:

  • 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.

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