Analytical Writing Assessment--2 Sections, Total Time 75 minutes
This section contains two essays, one Analysis of an Issue and one Analysis of an Argument. You have 75 minutes for both essay and will be given a short break between the topics. You are responsible for timing yourself during the essay.
The screens on which these essays will be entered are divided into two sections. The top portion contains directions for the essay and the topic about which you are to write. The bottom portion contains a text box into which you will type your response. When you complete each essay, simply click on the NEXT arrow at the bottom right corner of the screen to submit it.
If you prefer, you can choose to go straight to the multiple-choice portion of the exam and complete your essays offline. If you do so, we recommend that you use a very basic word processor (like Notepad in Windows and Simple Text for the Mac) in order to most accurately simulate the testing experience.
To begin, click on the NEXT arrow below.
Present Your Perspective on an Issue, 45 minutes
Present Your Perspective on an Issue
In this section, you will have a choice between two Issue topics. Each topic will appear as a brief quotation that states or implies an issue of general interest. You are free to accept, reject, or qualify the claim made in the topic, so long as the ideas you present are clearly relevant to the topic you select. Support for your views with reasons and examples drawn from such areas as your reading, experience, observations or academic studies.
Before making a choice, read each topic carefully. Then decide on which topic you could write a more effective and well-reasoned essay. College and university faculty will read your essay and evaluate its overall quality, based on how well you
consider the complexities and implications of the issue;
organize, develop, and express your ideas on the issue;
support your ideas with relevant reasons...
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