Needs Assessment for Individuals

Needs Assessment for Individuals

Score your individual writing skills using the assessment on this page.

Assess your company’s or team’s writing effectiveness.

How Well Do You Write?

0 = Never 1 = Rarely 2 = Sometimes
3 = Usually 4 = Always

Recognizing and Achieving Goals
1.I know what I am trying to accomplish in the messages and documents I write.
2.I know how to accomplish the goal in my writing.
3.I effectively communicate requests and deadlines that move my readers to action.
4.I know when to write and when to communicate face to face or by phone, and I choose the best method.
5.I write toward the larger goal of building business relationships by communicating courteously and professionally.
Saving Time for Writers and Readers
6.I plan, write, and edit quickly.
7.I get my point across clearly and concisely.
8.I organize my writing so it is easy to follow.
9.I format my writing so key points stand out and readers can skim for information.
10.I include the right information for my readers, avoiding the need for follow-up messages.
11.I choose the appropriate vocabulary so my various readers can understand quickly.
12.I save myself and others valuable time by using email efficiently.
13.I send out my writing confidently, without having others rewrite or edit it.
Writing Correctly
14.I understand and correctly apply the rules of writing (sentence structure, grammar, etc.).
15.When I have questions about writing, I know how to find the answers.
16.I can be proud of my writing, knowing it is virtually error-free.
Using Tools
17.I can easily find models of the kinds of documents I need to write.
18.I use one or more quick planning methods to organize my writing.
19.I use practical tools and methods to edit and proofread my documents.
20To write consistently from one document to another, I refer to my style guide.
Your Total (Click in Box for Final Total)
Total ScoreComments
70 - 80Congratulations! You are an exceptionally strong writer who uses tools to maintain consistent outstanding performance.
60 - 69You are an excellent writer. Review the assessment for opportunities to enhance your communication.
50 - 59You write effectively, and you can improve in some areas. Choose an item you marked Never, Rarely, or Sometimes to work on today. To take your writing to the next level, consider Clarity, Conciseness, Zing, and More.
40 - 49You are doing some things well. Pick an area to improve. Then refer to Our Products and blog for suggestions and resources.
Below 40You could write much more effectively. Subscribe to our blog and ezine. Choose a recommended book to study. And contact us to talk about classes, tips, and other ways to improve your writing.

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