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Recognize Purpose and Audience
Recognize Unity, Focus, and Development in Writing
Recognize Effective Organization in Writing
Recognize Effective Sentences
Recognize Edited American English Usage
Revision Strategies
Practice Writing Tests
Write 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 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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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:

Appropriateness: 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
Development: the amount, depth, and specificity of your supporting details
Organization: the clarity of your writing and the logical sequence of your ideas
Sentence Structure: the effectiveness of your sentence structure and the extent to which your writing is free of errors in sentence structure
Usage: the extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and shows care and precision in word choice
Mechanical Conventions: your ability to spell common words and to use the conventions of capitalization and punctuation