Typed/word processed. Margins 1” from left and right side, top and bottom. Right-
justified. Use 10-12 pt. font. Double-spaced, printed on one side of the page only, and no
illustrations. 750-800 words. Introduction, discussion of scores from each of the five factors,
You have taken the IPIP-NEO on line, and you have scores for each of the five
factors and several “facets” of each of those factors. Discuss your scores on each of the five
factors. Give examples from your life that “illustrate” your scores. The kinds of questions you
might pose for yourself and “answer” in this paper include, but are not limited to: Do you feel
the results accurately reflect you? Do you learn anything new, and if so, what? Are any of your
“facet” scores out of line with your overall score on the factor? If so, why do you think that
might be? In terms of facets, what scores do you think reflect your personal
strengths/weaknesses? Is there anything reflected in your scores that you might want to change,
and if so, how do you think you might go about doing that? Do you think any of the scores
reflect changes that you have
made? In at least one place in your paper, compare
yourself with a friend/acquaintance who you believe is very different from you in at least one
factor or facet.
Since this is a discussion paper about your own scores from a personality
inventory, you might think that no one would ever copy someone else’s work. WRONG!!! It’s
been done. Make sure all your work is your own. In the past, I have seen paragraphs lifted from
other students’ papers with some changes. I have also seen papers that are, paragraph-for-
paragraph, structured exactly the same. Don’t do that, either.
Besides sticking to the subject matter and turning in the print-outs from the on-line
personality test, refer to the rubric below. Although some point totals will be adjusted, all
aspects of the assignment and rubric will contribute to your grade approximately evenly.
Besides self-exploration, the purpose of this paper is to practice clear expression through writing.
Psy 304 Paper 1: Personality tests and defense mechanisms.. Rubric.
5 = no noticeable mistakes
4 = occasional mistakes
3 = consistent mistakes that can be fixed with some attention
2 = consistent mistakes that really take away from the overall strength of the paper. Needs
1 = Start over!
Spelling. (No “internet” or “text-message” abbreviations.)
Correct word – based on the context, the word chosen conveys the intended meaning .
Correct tense of verbs; object-action agreement.
Clear referents for pronouns.
Full thoughts; lack of sentence fragments.
“Economy of Expression” (don’t use more words than you need to convey the thought).
No sentence more than 4 lines long.
Strong lead sentence (don’t make the last sentence of the paragraph the “lead sentence.”)
Material in the paragraph supports the lead sentence.
Material in the paragraphs doesn’t really “call for” another paragraph.
No paragraph longer than about ½ page.
GENERAL FLOW OF IDEAS AND FULFILLMENT OF ASSIGNMENT: 20%
Introduction and conclusion match the content of the paper.
Writer fulfills the intent of the assignment.
Writing is clear and understandable.
Good use of illustrations to illuminate the point(s) being made.
TURN IN FULL PRINT-OUTS OF YOUR TESTS: 15%