Lab Report Information

Name: ______________

Date: _______________

BASIC Grading Rubric for a Lab Report

Title page with title of lab, your name, partner’s name, date performed and date due

  1. Purpose:  see objectives, state why was the lab performed.

  2. Background:  definitions, explanations of terms and concepts needed to perform the lab

  3. Materials:  list outline format A →?? Of all materials used.

  4. Procedure:  just reference the handout, put the title in quotes, if using a given procedure.  If you made up your own procedure, include it in the lab report in outline format.

  5. Data Table: design your own, clearly label observations and data.  Include units with EVERY number.

  6. Calculations:  Clearly label in outline format what you are calculating.  Show all work to get answers, formula used, numbers substituted, answer with units. Sometimes there will be no calculations, so please state “none.”

  7. Results: Label in outline format what you calculated and the answer only, no work.  Also any additional results mentioned in the lab.

  1. Conclusion:  In paragraph format and 3rd person (No I, we, you, etc).  Discuss in detail was the purpose/ objectives answered.  Possible errors that could have occurred and how it would have affected the results.    Explain how you determined results.   Do the results make sense?


Final thoughts:

  • The lab report MUST be typed.

  • Cannot be turned in late, even if absent (the due date is the LAST possible day, of the 10 days given)

  • Proofread!

  • Font size 12 or 14

  • Turn in drafts with final copy.  Put final copy on the top

Rubric:  Turn this page in with your lab report.  POINTS WILL VARY from lab to lab

Title page:

Name, period, group member(s) names, name of experiment, date lab was performed and date lab is due



  1. Purpose/ objectives

  1. Background

  1. Materials

  1. Procedure

  1. Data

  1. Calculation (acknowledge there are none)

  1. Results

  1. Conclusion

Neatness, organization, grammar, spelling, punctuation, proper outline format

Preformed lab safely