Tips for Writing an Effective Letter of Evaluation

  1. Assess suitability rather than advocate for the applicant.

  2. Focus on the applicant’s qualifications rather than details about coursework, assignments, a job or an institution.

  3. Focus on behaviors you have observed directly.

  4. Provide information on an applicant’s personal characteristics and critical thinking and reasoning abilities, including:
    • Maturity
    • Academic potential
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Quantitative reasoning
    • Scientific inquiry
    • Ability to handle stress
    • Adaptability
    • Communication skills (verbal and written)
    • Ability to exercise good judgement
    • Self-confidence
    • Resourcefulness
    • Compassion
    • Work ethic
    • Overcoming challenges
    • Capacity for empathy
    • Motivation for learning
    • Knowledge of the profession
    • Motivation for the profession
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Integrity