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0007 Role of Audience and Purpose
0008 Idea Development, Fluency, and Organization
0009 Writing that Effectively Communicates Intended Messages
0010 Apply Revision Strategies
0011 Standard Writing Conventions
Practice Writing Tests
0012 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 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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0012 Prepare an Organized, Developed Composition

The Writing section of the WEST-B requires you to write two essays in addition to answering 50 multiple-choice questions.

Since you have a total of four and one-half hours to complete all sections of the WEST-B Basic Skills Assessment, you should allocate approximately 1-2 hours to complete the task of writing your essays. 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 WEST-B administration by at least two readers using a four-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