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Language Arts:
Grammar and Usage
0007 Demonstrate Command of Standard Usage
0008 Mechanical Conventions
Language Arts:
0009 Purpose and Audience
0010 Unity, Focus, Development, and Organization
0011 Editing and Revision Strategies
0012 Recognizing Effective Communication
Practice Writing Tests
0013 Prepare an Organized, Developed Composition
Guidelines for Passing
Essay Skills
Determine the Purpose for Writing
Formulate a Thesis or Statement of Main Idea
Organize Ideas and Details Effectively
Provide Adequate, Relevant Supporting Material
Use Effective Transitions
Demonstrate a Mature Command of Language
Avoid Inappropriate Use of Slang, Jargon, and Cliches
Use a Variety of Sentence Patterns Effectively
Maintain a Consistent Point of View
Practice Writing an Essay

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0013 Prepare an Organized, Developed Composition

The Writing section of the ILTS requires you to write an essay in addition to answering multiple-choice questions.

Since you have a total of five hours to complete all sections of the ILTS 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 immediately after each ILTS administration by at least two readers using a six-point score scale (see next page).

Graders will evaluate essays based on the following criteria:

Focus and Appropriateness: the fluency and quality of the discussion, and the sustained attention on a given topic using language and style appropriate to a specified audience, purpose, and occasion
Unity and Organization: the effectiveness of the organization, the logical sequence of ideas, and the clarity of the writing used to state and maintain a main idea and point of view
Development and Rationale: the relevance, depth, and effectiveness of statements or arguments and examples used to support those statements or defend a position
Usage and Sentence Structure: the precision in word choice and use of effective sentence structure
Mechanical Conventions: the use of spelling, capitalization, and punctuation according to standard writing conventions