WriteCheck helps students become better writers by identifying grammar errors and unoriginal content in written work. WriteCheck was developed with the guidance and input of instructors who saw the need for a simple service to help students identify and correct writing mistakes in a formative manner.
WriteCheck is used by students to improve and check their writing before submission and/or publication. Users range from secondary to higher education students, including a large number of students learning English as a second language. Please visit our customer reviews page to learn more about what our customers think about WriteCheck.
WriteCheck is designed for students to check grammar, style, usage, mechanics, spelling and originality while Turnitin is used for instructors to check for originality and grammar, facilitate peer review and enable online grading of studentâs written work. Both services search the same database content.
The main differences between the two services are two-fold: 1) Turnitin shows the actual source materials of unoriginal content whereas WriteCheck only shows potential unintended plagiarism without matching sources and 2) Turnitin papers are added to the student database of papers; WriteCheck papers are not added to the database.
Many free services end up costing students much more than they think when they find that their paper has been harvested and resold to other students who take credit for their work. We are committed to our customers' privacy and will not redistribute, share or resell papers submitted to the service.
All WriteCheck credits purchased are non-refundable. WriteCheck will not prorate any unused credits for an account.
WriteCheck has partnered with Educational Testing Service (ETS) to incorporate e-rater as part of the service. The e-rater technology provides students with immediate feedback on grammar with links to the Writer's Handbook so students can learn how to correct and improve their English grammar.
WriteCheck's grammar checking tool provides feedback on the most common grammar traits, as well as on style, usage, mechanics and spelling.
The e-rater engine uses machine learning and natural language processing that has been developed over a decade of research to identify grammar errors in written work. The e-rater engine in WriteCheck is the same technology used for automated scoring in the written sections of the GRE® and TOEFL® standardized tests.
The e-rater technology feedback is more comprehensive, including additional categories of errors not found in MS Word, and allows for students to investigate and understand writing errors by linking to the Writer's Handbook rather than automatically accepting or rejecting the marks as in Microsoft Word. The e-rater error feedback was designed specifically with student writing in mind.
Users can turn off categories of marks in the right-hand navigation of the application. Alternatively, users can dismiss individual marks by mousing over the marks on the paper.
The Oxford English Dictionary (2011) defines the verb to "plagiarize" as
The Oxford English Dictionary (2011) defines "plagiarism" with more criminal terms, or as
A citation is when a writer acknowledges that words or ideas came from someone else and gives that source its proper due. To learn more about citation, please visit plagiarism.org.
There are four main ways to avoid plagiarism which we detail in a series of blog posts:
WriteCheck uses pattern recognition to match the contents of submitted papers against a massive repository of digital content. This technique is different than the text searches of popular search engines such as Google and Bing and produces fewer false positives than search technology designed for other purposes.
WriteCheck searches and compares papers against a database of more than 24 billion current and archived web pages, 250 million student papers and 110 million periodicals and scholarly publications.
No, papers submitted to WriteCheck are not added to the Turnitin student database.
The Similarity Score shows how much of your paper matches content in the Turnitin database. There is no firm line between a 'good' or 'bad' score. The score is meant to be used as a guide rather than a judge of the paper. For example, a 500-word poem could have a similarity score of one percent but could contain the famous phrase "to be or not to be, that is the question". Obviously, the poem would contain plagiarism but would deliver a very low similarity score.
WriteCheck offers two tutoring credit types, the Standard Critique and the Extended Critique. The Standard Critiques provide feedback on papers up to 2,500 words (or up to approximately 10 pages). The Extended Critique provides feedback on papers up to 5,000 words (or up to approximately 20 pages). When you make a submission for tutoring, you can provide the tutor with the assignment description along with any additional instructions for the tutor. Upon submission of a tutoring credit, WriteCheck passes the paper to Pearson Tutor Services (PTS), who assigns it to a professional PTS tutor who will review it and provide personalized feedback.
Completed critiques will typically be ready for you to download within 12 hours, and no longer than 24 hours, after you submit your paper for review. (Please note exceptions for national holidays.)
A tutoring credit can only be submitted once for tutor feedback. Any resubmission of a tutoring credit will only generate a new Originality Report. Tutoring credits allow 3 resubmissions for Originality Reports.
A Standard Critique addresses a paper that is up to 2,500 words (or up to approximately 10 pages). In it, a tutor addresses 3 areas of concern, provides a step-by-step plan for revision, and embeds 3-5 comments within the text of the essay. An Extended Critique addresses a paper that is up to 5,000 words (or up to approximately 20 pages). In it, a tutor addresses 4 areas of concern, provides a step-by-step plan for revision, and embeds 3-5 comments within the text of the essay. A paper of any genre can be submitted for either type of critique, provided it fits within the word count guidelines.
The service helps you understand your strengths as a writer as well as some areas you can work on to make your writing better. Revision based on qualified feedback and ongoing writing practice are essential to improving your writing skills. However, due to the number of factors involved, our service makes no guarantees about improvement in studentsâ grades.
Feedback is provided within a special writing Response Form, attached to the top of your submitted essay. The Response Form offers suggestions for revising specific areas of concern, points out what is working well in the paper, and, at the bottom, supplies a step-by-step review list of items to address in revising the paper. Feedback is also embedded within the text of essay, exemplifying issues raised in the Response Form and demonstrating a typical reading audienceâs response to the writing.
âArea of concernâ refers to the elements of a well-written essay. Tutors will comment on three of the following areas of interest: Main Idea/Thesis, Content Development, Organization, Introduction/Conclusion, Use of Resources, Transitions, Word Choice, Sentence Structure, and Grammar & Mechanics. Your tutorâs feedback in the areas of concern is the centerpiece of the review.
At the end of the response form, youâll find a set of steps that walks you through a summary of the revisions recommended in the area of interest feedback.
Yes. You can make requests and provide any special instructions for tutors before you submit your paper. Use the âAssignment Description/Tutor Instructionsâ text field on the tutoring submission page. If you have a long paper, for example, this is a great place to let tutors know which section of the paper youâd like them to focus on. If your instructor has said you need to work on organizing your paper or eliminating run-on sentences, for example, this is also the place to tell your tutor. Donât hesitate to share with your tutor any thoughts and concerns you have about the paper you are submitting.â
Pearson tutors have advanced degrees in composition and rhetoric, literature, creative writing, and other relevant fields within the humanities. PTS tutors go through an intensive training process in which they learn the best practices for online writing instruction.
If a tutoring credit has been purchased for an account, the submission page will display a tutoring submission option. Click on the tutoring submission option in order to upload a paper for tutoring. There are only 4 file formats that are accepted for tutoring: DOC, DOCX, TXT, and RTF.
Yes. When tutoring credits are used for a paper submission, the paper is sent to Pearson Tutor Services to be reviewed by a tutor and WriteCheck will also generate an Originality Report simultaneously upon submission.
During the following holidays, please allow for exceptions to the standard 24 hour turnaround time for tutored papers.
You need to purchase credits in order to check a paper with WriteCheck. At the top left of the screen, you will see how many credits you have. If you have no credits, click "Purchase Credits." Once you have credits, to begin submitting a paper, click the "Submit Document" button at the top left of the screen.
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A single paper can be up to 5000 wordsâapproximately 10 single spaced pages or 16-17 double spaced pages. If your paper is longer than that, it will be considered 2 or more papers, depending on the total number of pages. For each 5000 words, you need to purchase an additional paper credit. Submitted documents cannot be greater than 20MB.
To submit a paper, click the "Browse" button and select the document you want to submit. Then click the "Submit Document" button. If you prefer submitting text directly instead of submitting a file, click the "Copy & Paste Text" link.
You can submit your paper once and then submit a revision of that paper three times. If your revised paper is substantially longer than the first submission, WriteCheck will not consider it a revision of the original paper and ask you if you would like to submit the revision as a new paper.
Each paper submitted to WriteCheck can be resubmitted 3 times. Resubmissions must be at least 70% similar to the original document. Resubmissions cannot be more than 150% the length of the original document.
There are a couple reasons why a submission may have failed. Password protected files cannot be processed by our system. Files larger than 20MB cannot be processed by our system. If your paper is larger than 20MB it may be because of large images contained in the file. To submit the text of a large file containing images use the cut and paste submission method in WriteCheck. The system cannot process image based pdfs.
To submit another paper, you need paper credits. At the top left of the screen, you will see how many credits you have. If you have no credits, click "Purchase Credits." Once you have credits, to submit another paper, click the "Submit Document" button at the top left of the screen.
Most WriteCheck reports are available in under one minute. At peak times the reports can take a little longer, usually between five to ten minutes.
When you submit a paper to WriteCheck you will see a status that says "generating" in the Report column next to the title of your paper. When your results are ready, you will see "view results" in the status column next to the title of your paper. When you click on the "view results" link the report will open and the e-rater feedback usually takes less than half a minute to load onto the paper.
To see your results, click "view results" in the Report column next to the title of your paper.
The yellow highlighted text shows content that matches text in the Turnitin database. The purple text shows grammar feedback marks from the WriteCheck grammar checking tool.
By checking the exclude quotes and bibliography, WriteCheck will only show matched text that is not block-indented or surrounded by quotation marks.
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