DIRECTIONS FOR THE ESSAY TEST
The purpose of the Essay Test is to find out how well you can write an essay. You will have
to write an essay on the topic you select.
Listed below, along with some information, are a few suggestions which will help you do your
- You will be given a choice of topics. Read each topic carefully and
choose the one
on which you feel you can do your best writing.
- Start planning your paper as soon as you have decided on your essay topic. You may use
space underneath the topics for making an outline or notes about your plans.
- Organization of your essay is important. In general, the passing essay will have a central
that is directly related to the assigned topic; have a clear organizational plan; develop points with
and details in a coherent, logical, and non-repetitious way; and avoid frequent or serious errors in
grammar, mechanics, word choice, and sentence structure.
- Allow yourself a little time at the end of your writing to check your paper and make any
- You must use a pen to write your essay. Essays written in pencil will not be graded. You
not use "white-out" or "Liquid Paper."
- The graders must be able to read your essay. Be careful with your handwriting.
- Your paper will be read and evaluated by three different graders. Neither your identity nor
your school will be known to the graders.
Click here to see the Sample Essay Booklet
Last updated: October 1, 1997