Speech evaluation forms are a useful and necessary tool of any communication course with a public speaking component. The continued investigation of how such forms are created and used is beneficial to students and teachers. In this study, raters from various experience levels graded two speeches using a combination of four evaluation forms, half of which included directions. Raters then responded to questions regarding the forms they just used.

Results indicate that experience level and form type influence the speech grade given. Additionally, raters' responses regarding the forms reveal how they view the use of forms in the speech evaluation process.