This writing pre-assessment is ideal for a 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade English or Writer's Workshop classroom. Assessment includes 55 questions that cover important concepts in punctuation (dialogue, commas, etc.), capitalization (proper nouns, proper pronouns, etc.), grammar (double negatives, verb tense, subject-verb agreement, etc.), and spelling (homophones, changing singular word endings to plural, etc.). Diagnostic sheet enables teacher to record items missed in each category and view students' overall areas of proficiency and need. May be used as both a pre-test and post-test.