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Write an Organized, Developed Composition
The Writing section of the PLACE requires you to write an essay in addition to answering multiple-choice questions.
Since you have a total of four and one-half hours to complete all sections of the PLACE Basic Skills Test, you should allocate approximately 1-2 hours to complete the task of writing your essay. This is a guideline, however, and each writer should allocate his time accordingly depending on his strengths or weaknesses.
Each essay is evaluated by at least two readers using a four-point score scale (see next page).
Graders will evaluate essays based on the following criteria:
||the extent to which you address the topic and use language and style appropriate to the given audience, purpose, and occasion
||Unity and Focus:
||the clarity with which you state and maintain your main idea or point of view
||the amount, depth, and specificity of your supporting details
||the clarity of your writing and the logical sequence of your ideas
||the effectiveness of your sentence structure and the extent to which your writing is free of errors in sentence structure
||the extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and shows care and precision in word choice
||your ability to spell common words and to use the conventions of capitalization and punctuation