0015 - Prepare a Developed Composition
Written Performance Assignment (Essay)
The written performance section of the AEPA requires you to write an essay on a given topic.
Since you have a total of four hours to complete all sections of the AEPA Basic Skills Assessment, you should allocate approximately 40-60 mintues to complete this task. This is a guideline, however, and each writer should allocate his time accordingly depending on his strengths or weaknesses.
Each essay is evaluated immediately after each AEPA administration by at least two readers using a four-point score scale (see next page).
Graders will evaluate essays based on the following criteria:
||Appropriateness: The extent to which the response addresses the topic and uses language and style appropriate for the specified audience, purpose, and occasion
||Focus and Organization: The extent to which the response states and maintains the thesis statement by using organizational strategies to enhance meaning and clarity
||Support: The extent to which the response provides reasoned support and specific examples to develop the thesis
||Grammar, Sentence Structure, and Usage: The extent to which the response uses appropriate grammar, effective sentence structure, and precise usage
||Conventions: The extent to which the response demonstrates the ability to spell common words and to use the conventions of capitalization and punctuation accurately