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What assessments (Quill Diagnostics and Writing Skills Surveys) are available, and who are they for?
What assessments (Quill Diagnostics and Writing Skills Surveys) are available, and who are they for?

Quill's assessments include Baseline Diagnostics and Growth Diagnostics, ELL Diagnostics, and Writing Skills Surveys.

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Quill currently has 16 different assessments (Quill Diagnostics/Writing Skills Surveys) you can assign to assess your students' writing skills. When your students complete any one of these assessments, Quill will create a plan of practice recommendation activities based on your student's performance on the Quill Diagnostic/Writing Skills Survey.

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What is a Quill Diagnostic/Writing Skills Survey?

Quill currently has 16 different assessments (Quill Diagnostics/Writing Skills Surveys) you can assign to assess your students' writing skills.

Of the available Quill Diagnostics, there are Baseline Diagnostics and Growth Diagnostics.

A Baseline Diagnostic is a pre-test and is intended to initially assess a student's writing skills so that Quill can create a plan of practice recommendation activities based on the student's performance on the Baseline Diagnostic (Pre).

A Growth Diagnostic is a post-test and is intended to subsequently assess a student's writing skills after they have already completed the corresponding Baseline Diagnostic (Pre) and the practice recommendation activities associated with the Baseline Diagnostic (Pre). After a student completes a Growth Diagnostic (Post), Quill will create a plan of practice recommendation activities based on the student's performance on the Growth Diagnostic (Post).


The Writing Skills Surveys, developed in partnership with CollegeBoard®, are aligned with the CollegeBoard’s Pre-AP®, AP®, and SpringBoard® curricula and can be used in lieu of Quill Diagnostics for students learning one of these curricula.


What are the writing skills assessed by each Quill Diagnostic/Writing Skills Survey?

Our Quill Diagnostics/Writing Skills Surveys assess students' writing skill proficiencies. On the page to choose the Quill Diagnostic/Writing Skills Survey that you would like to assign, look at the What section to see the writing skills that a Quill Diagnostic/Writing Skills Survey assesses.

Please see more information about the writing skills assessed by each Quill Diagnostic/Writing Skills Survey below.


Starter Baseline and Growth Diagnostics

Starter baseline and growth diagnostics

Who were they designed for?

  • Middle or high school students who need to be refreshed in basic writing skills.

  • Middle or high school students who are new to Quill or new to sentence combining.

  • Elementary school students who are learning basic writing skills for the first time.

What skills do they cover?

  • Plural vs. possessive nouns

  • Capitalization

  • Single adjectives

  • Comparative and superlative adjectives

  • Prepositional phrases

  • Coordinate and cumulative adjectives

  • Adjectives and adverbs

  • Adverbs of manner

  • Compound subjects and predicates

  • Commonly confused words

  • Subject-verb agreement

  • Listing objects (commas in lists)

How many questions are there and how long will it take students to complete?

  • There are 25 questions. The Starter Baseline Diagnostic (Pre) and Starter Growth Diagnostic (Post) should take students about 20-40 minutes to complete.


Intermediate Baseline and Growth Diagnostics

Intermediate baseline and growth diagnostics

Who was it designed for?

  • Students who have completed the Starter Diagnostics and the associated practice recommendation activities.

  • Middle or high school students who have mastered basic writing skills (like adverbs, prepositions, and capitalization) and are ready to work on constructing sentences to express relationships.

What skills does it cover?

  • Advanced capitalization

  • Compound subjects, objects, and predicates

  • Simple parallel structure

  • Pronouns in compound subjects and objects

  • Compound sentences

  • Complex sentences

  • Conjunctive adverbs

  • Plural possessives

  • Subject-verb agreement with indefinite pronouns and collective nouns

How many questions are there and how long will it take students to complete?

  • There are 25 questions. The Intermediate Baseline Diagnostic (Pre) and Intermediate Growth Diagnostic (Post) should take students about 20-40 minutes to complete.


Advanced Baseline and Growth Diagnostics

Advanced baseline and growth diagnostics

Who was it designed for?

  • Students who have completed the Intermediate Diagnostics and the associated practice recommendation activities.

  • Students who are familiar with sentence combining.

  • Students who have mastered basic sentence construction, like writing compound and complex sentences.

What skills does it cover?

  • Compound-complex sentences

  • Relative clauses

  • Appositive phrases

  • Participial phrases

  • Advanced parallel structure

  • Advanced sentence combining

How many questions are there and how long will it take students to complete?

  • There are 15 questions. The Advanced Baseline Diagnostic (Pre) and Advanced Growth Diagnostic (Post) should take students about 20-40 minutes to complete.


ELL Starter Baseline and Growth Diagnostics

Who was it designed for?

  • The ELL Starter Diagnostics are designed specifically for ELL students who are working on foundational grammar skills.

  • Directions are available in Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Korean, Urdu, Tagalog (Filipino), Vietnamese, Russian, Thai, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Dari (Eastern Farsi), Arabic, and Hindi to provide extra support; however, the ELL Starter Diagnostics are appropriate for ELL students who speak any language.

What skills does it cover?

  • Simple verb conjugation (to be, to want, and to have)

  • Articles

  • Subject-verb agreement

  • Simple word order

  • Singular vs plural nouns

  • Yes/No questions

  • Adjective placement

How many questions are there and how long will it take students to complete?

  • There are 22 questions. The ELL Starter Baseline Diagnostic (Pre) and ELL Starter Growth Diagnostic (Post) should take students about 20-40 minutes to complete.


ELL Intermediate Diagnostics

Who was it designed for?

  • ELL students who have an understanding of simple sentence structure but need practice with tenses, prepositions, and other foundational grammar skills.

  • Directions are available in Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Korean, Urdu, Tagalog (Filipino), Vietnamese, Russian, Thai, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Dari (Eastern Farsi), Arabic, and Hindi to provide extra support; however, the ELL Intermediate Diagnostics are appropriate for ELL students who speak any language.

What skills does it cover?

This diagnostic is more difficult than the ELL Starter Diagnostic and covers the skills that tend to be particularly challenging for language learners:

  • Subject-verb agreement

  • Possessives

  • Prepositions

  • Future Tense

  • Articles

  • Intermediate Questions

How many questions are there and how long will it take students to complete?

  • There are 23 questions. The ELL Intermediate Baseline Diagnostic (Pre) and Intermediate Growth Diagnostic (Post) should take students about 20-35 minutes to complete.


ELL Advanced Baseline and Growth Diagnostics

Who was it designed for?

  • ELL students who have an understanding of foundational grammar skills and need more practice with certain concepts.

  • Directions are available in Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Korean, Urdu, Tagalog (Filipino), Vietnamese, Russian, Thai, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Dari (Eastern Farsi), Arabic, and Hindi to provide extra support; however, the ELL Advanced Diagnostics are appropriate for ELL students who speak any language.

What skills does it cover?

  • Regular and irregular past tense verbs

  • Progressive tenses

  • Phrasal verbs

  • Prepositions

  • Responding to questions

  • Commonly confused words

How many questions are there and how long will it take students to complete?

  • There are 23 questions. The ELL Advanced Baseline Diagnostic (Pre) and ELL Advanced Growth Diagnostic (Post) should take students about 20-35 minutes to complete.


SpringBoard® Writing Skills Survey

Springboard writing skills survey

Who was it designed for?

  • Students who are learning the SpringBoard® 6-8 curriculum.

  • Please note that you may want ELL students who are learning the Pre-AP®, AP®, or SpringBoard® curricula to complete an ELL Diagnostic.

What skills does it cover?

  • Subject-verb agreement

  • Pronoun-antecedent agreement

  • Compound subjects, objects, and predicates

  • Compound sentences

  • Complex sentences

  • Prepositional phrases

  • Verb tense

  • Subject and object pronouns

  • Commonly confused words

How many questions are there and how long will it take students to complete?

  • There are 25 questions. The SpringBoard® Writing Skills Survey should take students about 20-35 minutes to complete.

Which Quill Diagnostic is the SpringBoard® Writing Skills Survey similar to?

  • The SpringBoard® Writing Skills Survey overlaps the most with the Intermediate Diagnostics in terms of assessed writing skills covered and associated practice recommendation activities) and also overlaps with the Starter Diagnostics.


Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 1

Pre-AP Writing skills survey 1

Who was it designed for?

  • Students in Pre-AP® English 1, Pre-AP® English 2, and SpringBoard® 9-1- curriculum.

  • Please note that you may want ELL students who are learning the Pre-AP®, AP®, or SpringBoard® curricula to complete an ELL Diagnostic.

  • Please note that we recommend that you assign the Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 1 before the Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 2.

What skills does it cover?

  • Subject-verb agreement

  • Pronoun-antecedent agreement

  • Compound subjects, objects, and predicates

  • Compound sentences

  • Complex sentences

How many questions are there and how long will it take students to complete?

  • There are 12 questions. The Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 1 should take students about 10-20 minutes to complete.

Which Quill Diagnostic is the Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 1 similar to?

  • The Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 1 has the most overlap with the Intermediate Diagnostics in terms of assessed writing skills covered and associated practice recommendation activities.


Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 2

Pre-AP writing skills survey 2

Who was it designed for?

  • Students in Pre-AP® English 1, Pre-AP® English 2, and SpringBoard® 9-11 curriculum who have completed the Pre-AP® Writing Survey 1 and all of its associated practice recommendation activities.

  • Please note that you may want ELL students who are learning the Pre-AP®, AP®, or SpringBoard® curricula to complete an ELL Diagnostic.

What skills does it cover?

  • Conjunctive adverbs

  • Relative clauses

  • Appositive phrases

  • Participial phrases

  • Parallel structure

How many questions are there and how long will it take students to complete?

  • There are 12 questions. The Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 2 should take students about 10-20 minutes to complete.

Which Quill Diagnostic is the Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 2 similar to?

  • The Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 2 has the most overlap with the Intermediate Diagnostics in terms of assessed writing skills covered and associated practice recommendation activities.


AP® Writing Skills Survey

AP writing skills survey

What skills does it cover?

  • Complex sentences

  • Relative clauses

  • Appositive phrases

  • Participial phrases

  • Compound-complex sentences

  • Parallel structure

  • Advanced sentence combining

Who was it designed for?

  • Students learning any AP® curriculum and SpringBoard® 11-12 curriculum.

  • Students who have completed the Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 1, the Pre-AP® Writing Skills Survey 2, and the associated practice recommendation activities.

  • Please note that you may want ELL students who are learning the Pre-AP®, AP®, or SpringBoard® curricula to complete an ELL Diagnostic.

How many questions are there and how long will it take students to complete?

  • There are 17 questions. The AP® Writing Skills Survey should take students about 15-25 minutes to complete.

Which Quill Diagnostic is the AP® Writing Skills Survey similar to?

  • The AP® Writing Skills Survey has the most overlap with the Advanced Diagnostics in terms of assessed writing skills covered and associated practice recommendation activities.

AP®, Pre-AP®, and SpringBoard® are registered trademarks of College Board.


How do I assign a Quill Diagnostic/Writing Skills Survey?

Please click here to learn how to assign a Quill Diagnostic/Writing Skills Survey.


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