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Evaluate your poster

Green check markTake a few minutes before you print your poster to run through this quick checklist (or ask a friend) to identify areas of potential improvement. Just answer each question and add up your score.

  1. Does my poster have enough white space?
    • (0) There is too much information to leave any white space
    • (1) There is just enough to separate the sections
    • (2) Sections are separated logically and the viewers’ eyes can rest
  2. Are the text and graphics legible?
    • (0) Too small to be seen from at least three feet away
    • (1) Can be seen from at least three feet, but do not stand out
    • (2) Most important text and graphics legible from at least three feet
  3. Are the text and graphics consistent?
    • (0) More than two fonts, size and/or colors are random
    • (1) No more than two fonts, logical sizes and colors
    • (2) Appropriate fonts, sizes and colors emphasize main point
  4. Is the flow of information logical?
    • (0) No headings, scattered information, content does not flow
    • (1) Confusing to navigate, headings or sections not systematic
    • (2) Easy to navigate, headings and sections are systematic
  5. Can I quickly identify the research question?
    • (0) No
    • (1) Yes, but it's not explicit
    • (2) Clearly visible
  6. Can I identify research methods?
    • (0) No
    • (1) Yes, but they're not explicit
    • (2) Clearly visible
  7. Can I identify a take-home message or conclusion?
    • (0) No
    • (1) Yes, but it's not explicit
    • (2) Clearly visible
  8. Have I clearly provided my contact information?
    • (0) No contact information
    • (1) Incomplete contact information, may not be easy to contact me
    • (2) Complete contact information; easy for somebody to contact me
  9. Have I provided the proper acknowledgments?
    • (0) No
    • (1) Only partial acknowledgments
    • (2) Proper acknowledgments of institutional supports and sponsors
  10. Have I shown the poster to my co-authors and/or faculty supervisor?
    • (0) No
    • (1) Only a few people; not everyone
    • (2) Yes

Add up your scores

20 = Congratulations, you’re ready! Find out how to print your poster.

15-19 = You’re almost done. Where did you score less than a 2? Follow the links in the questions to the appropriate section in the poster guide for more information.

Less than 15 = You’re off to a good start, but you still have some work to do.


Many thanks to the University of Texas at Austin who created this scoring rubric.

Sample rubrics

Here are a handful of rubrics from different Institutions. Use one or more to grade your poster so that you will have a sense of what judges and other people will be looking for: