Criterion is an Online Writing Evaluation service offered by ETS. It presents the faculty, writing instructors and administrators at various collegiate institutions of higher education with a reliable writing assessment tool for their students. Students work on their essays and submit them to receive feedback in the form of an aggregate score and an analysis with annotations to aid in the instruction of writing. You can access Criterion by visiting the Criterion website or through Canvas.

NOTE: Criterion will no longer be available for use after the summer semester.

You might consider using Excelsior OWL along with Criterion. Writer’s Help is a different, but complementary learning tool that also supports the development of better writing.

Student Resources

The access to Criterion for students will be provided by their respective instructors. The form below does not apply to students. Please use the guides below for more information.

Note: Students, when creating your account please wait after clicking submit until a message from the service appears (usually within 5 seconds).  

Faculty Resources

Written Guides


Faculty Feedback on Using Criterion

In the short video below, an instructor who teaches foreign language 100W reports that not only does she think this is a valuable tool, her students told her they find it helps them to improve their writing.

Faculty Feedback on Criterion from eCampus on Vimeo


Criterion frequently asked questions.

Please complete the form below to get the instructor access code to Criterion. (Note: You must be logged into your email for access to the form below.)