Question: How do mechanics affect grades in writing tests?
Answer: “Indicated that mechanics had greater influence on raters’ judgments than either content or rating instructions when scoring four versions of a college expository essay.” BA Rafoth and DL Rubin; 1984. P. 196.
Comment: Why am I not surprised by this conclusion? RayS.
Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” JD Marshall and RK Durst. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1985), pp. 183-204.