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Why does Quill require precise spelling, capitalization, and punctuation?
Why does Quill require precise spelling, capitalization, and punctuation?
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Precision in writing allows students' ideas to be as clear as they can be. Occasionally, our algorithm requires specificity. Regardless, we’re always encouraging students to be clear and careful. 

This method of writing reinforces precision in reading and in reading comprehension. Ambiguity in a sentence allows for unclear meaning and confusion. This is a particularly important skill to have when reading and writing in a variety of subject areas, like math, science, and history. 

All of Quill's graded activities will check for spelling, punctuation, and capitalization, as well as the concepts assessed.

Note about Quill Diagnostics:

Quill Diagnostics grade for the concept rather than spelling in order to be as accurate as possible with our diagnostic recommendations.

For example, in the student report shown below for a diagnostic activity, you'll notice that, even though the student's sentence had typos (e.g. "cor" rather than "car" on Question 9), Quill still counts the answers as correct because the student demonstrated understanding of the concepts assessed:

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