If you've ever wondered what students think of their own writing skills and where they think they need help, this download can provide some insight. Use it at the beginning of the class to see where the students think you need to focus your efforts.
While it's true that assessments and tests can identify where skills are lacking, students might see it differently, and this form allows them to take ownership, even if you are using standardized assessments in order to inform your actual decisions.
This also works well if you have a literacy or writing center that is often busy. Have students self-assess before you try to tutor.