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TIPS FOR TAKING THE ESSAY EXAM

 

In a writing assignment, you may be asked to write a letter of a persuasive nature. Before beginning the assignment, do some brainstorming and write a brief outline. There is not enough time during the actual exam to write a rough draft. Proofread as you go. Check for logic, readability, and grammar. Say the words to yourself as you proofread again.

Remember--A Passing Exam:

  • Takes a position,
  • Has good supporting material,
  • Is well-organized,
  • Has substantial development,
  • Doesn’t have grammatical mistakes that interfere with the reader’s understanding.

 

Introduction:

  • Briefly describe the situation before you state your position.
  • State your position clearly.
  • You may want to include a striking fact or provocative question.

 

Body Paragraphs:

  • Your essay should be persuasive; it is not a compare and contrast assignment.
  • You may or may not explore the opposing argument.
  • If you do explore the opposing argument, keep your position on the subject very clear. Don’t confuse the reader.
  • The other body paragraphs should directly support your position.
  • Explain each idea fully.
  • Use supporting material to prove your points.
  • Good supporting material will be rewarded.
  • Vocabulary is important, as is sophisticated sentence structure.
  • Use transitions between thoughts.
  • Do not repeat ideas.
  • Readers are looking for in-depth essays that are well organized and well-developed.

 

Conclusion:

  • You will need to restate your position.
  • It’s a good idea to add some insight or a proposal.
  • Do not repeat the introduction.

 

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