Rubric: Oral Presentation Peer Grading

Rating system and table describing effective presenters. 

Rater Name:
Speaker #1:

Note: You must complete all information on this form in order to earn bonus points.


Circle the answer that best describes your reaction to this individual’s presentation.

  1. How would you rate the quality of this individual’s presentation?
      a. very ineffective
      b. ineffective
      c. neither
      d. effective
      e. very effective
  1. This individual’s presentation was
      a. very unprofessional
      b. unprofessional
      c. neither
      d. professional
      e. very professional
  1. This individual was
      a. very unprepared
      b. unprepared
      c. neither
      d. prepared
      e. very prepared


Write in the number that best describes your reaction to this individual’s presentation based on the presentation rubric.

Score 1-5
Individual’s Eye Contact
Individual’s Body Language
Individual’s command of Material
Individual’s Voice Qualities
Individual’s Visual Aids
Individual’s Content

Table: A Rubric for Judging the Quality of an Oral Business Presentation

Eye Contact Essentially no eye contact. Reads continuously, glancing up only once or twice a minute. Stares at ceiling or consistently looks at slide screen. Somewhere between no and moderate eye contact. Moderate eye contact. Either faces audience but refers to notes or slides occasionally (couple of times a minute) or turns body sometimes at screen. Somewhere between moderate and continuous eye contact. Continuous eye contact. faces audience and refers to notes or slides less than once a minute. Rarely glances at slide screen or at part of room away from audience.
Body Language Distracting. Sways, paces, or fidgets so that audience is distracted from presentation. Poor use of hands (in pockets, jingling keys, playing with pen). Somewhere between distracting and neutral body language. Neutral. Stands facing the audience. Occasionally uses hands and body movements appropriately, but may still be a little stiff or nervous. Somewhere between neutral and engaging body language. Engaging. Uses gestures (e.g., pointing with hands) and expressions to enhance the presentation. Speaker looks very comfortable and natural.
Voice Qualities Poor. Halting, uneven pace. Cannot hear all of the words due to mumbling, speaking too softly, speaking too fast, or in monotone. Somewhere between poor and adequate voice qualities. Adequate pace and volume. Speaks fairly clearly but lacks sufficient variations in vocal intonation for emphasis. Somewhere between adequate and excellent voice qualities. Fluid, natural delivery. Speaks moderately slowly with good vocal variety, articulation, and volume.
Command of Material Poor. Struggles often to find words. Reads most of presentation. Somewhere between poor and adequate command of material. Reads less than once a minute, struggles occasionally to find words. Somewhere between adequate and excellent command of material. Excellent. Does not read from notes or slides. Expresses ideas fluently in own words.
Visual Aids Ineffective. Overheads, slides or handouts are hard to read, distracting, or inadequate for presentation. Somewhere between ineffective and adequate visual aids. Adequate. Readable overheads, handouts. Enhance presentation. Somewhere between adequate and excellent visual aids. Excellent overheads or slides. Easy to read, attractive, greatly enhance presentation.
Content Poor. Purpose not clear, information disjointed or inadequate. Somewhere between poor and adequate content. Adequate. Information is usually relevant and appropriate to audience. Somewhere between adequate and engaging content. Engaging. Information is relevant to audience. Excellent details.