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Introduction to PLACE Basic Skills
Preparing for the PLACE
Discovering Your Weaknesses
Sample Tests
Essay Tests
Test-Taking Strategies
Getting Ready for the PLACE
Strategies While Taking the PLACE
Specific Suggestions for the Reading, Mathematics, and Writing Sections
Dealing with Test-Taking Anxiety


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Writing Assignment (Essay)

The Writing section of the Basic Skills test consists of one writing assignment.

The writing assignment, or essay, presents a special problem in preparing for the official test. You will not know the subject for your essay. Your best preparation is to write 400-500 words on a variety of subjects. You will begin to get an idea of the required length and the amount of time needed to complete it. If possible, have someone else read some of your essays and make comments on them.

At the conclusion of the Writing section of this program, you will be given an opportunity to submit an essay for review. Take advantage of this opportunity. Remember, the best way to learn to write is by writing!