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VPT English: Written Essay - Overview
The Written Essay component of the VPT English test will be used to assess your English preparedness and to place you into the appropriate English course. Since writing a quality essay is 60% of your VPT English score, you are encouraged to begin preparing in advance of your testing date.
You will be asked to provide a writing sample in response to a specific prompt. The assessment measures your writing skills at the level expected of a freshman college student. The test is used to assess your writing skills in order to determine the need for developmental instruction before enrolling in college-level English courses.
Upon completing the Written Essay test, the computer is trained to evaluate the overall effectiveness of an essay based on the following writing features:
- Focus and Meaning
- Content and Development
- Language Use & Style
- Mechanics and Conventions