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,
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.
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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