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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
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About NC DAP Written Essay

The NC DAP WritePlacer test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success.

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 an entering level 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 NC DAP WritePlacer test, the computer is trained to evaluate the overall effectiveness of an essay based on the following writing features:

  • Purpose and Focus—The extent to which the writer presents information in a unified and coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue.

  • Organization and Structure—The extent to which the writer orders and connects ideas.

  • Development and Support—The extent to which the writer develops and supports ideas.

  • Sentence Variety and Style—The extent to which the writer crafts sentences and paragraphs demonstrating control of vocabulary, voice, and structure.

  • Mechanical Conventions—The extent to which the writer expresses ideas using standard English.

  • Critical Thinking—The extent to which the writer communicates a point of view and demonstrates reasoned relationships among ideas.

Feedback includes a general explanation of the essay score. In addition to the overall score and explanation, each of the individual areas on which the essay is assessed is discussed and assigned its own score.