I am working on a rubric to grade a presentation, and I am only allowed 4 very short criteria.

After a lot of thinking, the 4 I have chosen are:

  1. Organized & Easy to Follow
  2. Interesting / Useful
  3. Delivery
  4. Overall

My question isn't really focused on why I chose these criteria (although suggestions would be appreciated), but more so on the "easy to follow". I am trying to find a shorter, more precise, way to say that the presentation flowed well in a logical and comprehensible manner. Any suggestions?

  • @Mitch Certainly a possibility, thanks for your input. I think it's just a little too vague. – seyelent Dec 21 '13 at 15:30
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    Coherence maybe? – jeremy Dec 21 '13 at 16:30
  • @Jeremy Yup, that's so far my favorite option. Thanks. – seyelent Dec 21 '13 at 16:43
  • Would the word intuitive suffice? – Mack Jan 3 '14 at 21:00

If you are looking for something concise, I would like to suggest the word:

1. easy to perceive, understand, or interpret.

  • Close, but I still don't feel it captures the element of it being clear and in some sort of logical order. Thanks though! – seyelent Dec 21 '13 at 16:42
  • The presenter's organizational skills lent his talk great CLARITY: thefreedictionary.com/clarity – Wayfaring Stranger Dec 21 '13 at 18:11
  • Then I think I would use "clear and simple". – dkretz Dec 22 '13 at 0:54


I like it because it implies that somebody following this could repeat it easily and implies direct motion through the steps. Essentially, you have created a path and they just need to go through it. Things like coherence and concise are more value judgement on what you have produced rather than a quality of the path of the final product. I think it also implies that the end user should approach the path with as few ambiguities as possible.


For the first criterion, perhaps accessible

easy to appreciate or understand

For the second effective

attractive or impressive, and producing a definite effect


Your categories lack parallelism: they should be all nouns or all adjectives. Try:

  1. Clarity

    "Clarity" is the right word to cover this criterion, I believe. A poorly organized presentation will necessarily be unclear. Poorly explained thoughts would also be unclear. Insufficient content would also hurt clarity.

  2. Relevance & Usefulness

    "Interesting" could refer to either the subject matter or the delivery style. Since Delivery is covered as a separate criterion, you only want to rate the subject matter here. Therefore, I think "relevance" is a better term.

  3. Delivery
  4. Miscellaneous

    "Overall" is not a criterion; it is the sum of all factors. You want a category for "all except the three criteria above", so "miscellaneous" is more appropriate.

  • +1 for pointing out the lack of parallelism. That bugged me right off the bat. – JLG Dec 22 '13 at 0:17
  • Very good point, thanks! I realized the awkwardness after I typed, but didn't want to change such a fundamental aspect of the question. Thanks again. – seyelent Dec 22 '13 at 1:47

From the Collins Online Dictionary:

adj: able to be followed.


Why don't you simply use the word structure for the whole of point 1?

You could then go for something like:

  • structure
  • utility
  • delivery
  • overall
  • I actually really like that, thanks! I think I'll have to combine it though, so like "structure and coherence", but I like "structure" more than "organization" in some respects. Utility is good, but I'm not sure everyone would immediately understand what I mean by that right away - others will use this rubric too. – seyelent Dec 21 '13 at 16:47

Albeit boring, good 'ol fashioned understandable could work.

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