The first round judge is you, the teacher. Once you have selected the top ten
essays from your class and submitted them to the national InvestWrite
competition they will be scored by four additional judges. The national judges
are members of the Securities Industry that support the SIFMA Foundation. Each essay is scored based on the following three criteria which are
Understanding of the Subject Matter
Does the student exhibit knowledge regarding the concept of researching and
planning an investment strategy? The student should address the scenario using
relevant terminology and display an understanding of the core concepts of the
stock market in the scenario.
Is the essay thoughtful? The written argument should be presented in a manner
that indicates there was a logical thinking process involved in addressing the
Is the student's work interesting to read? Does the written response encourage
the reader to continue reading to the conclusion of the essay? Students have an
opportunity in this exercise to exhibit the ability to communicate thoughts in
an engaging and inviting manner, rather than focusing on grammar and spelling.