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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.


  • 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.


  • 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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