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Workshop Tips for Test Essay / TJ Essay Writing

 

The word of the day and question of the day only take up a few minutes of the average people to read and learn:

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/popup_qotd.html
http://www.startsampling.com/sm/wod/register.iphtml 

TJHSST url for admissions,

http://information.tjhsst.edu/admissions/

Test Tips:

The Test Writing Essay that recommended by the TJ Admission, it will be judged for the following important elements:

 

Organizations (well constructed, with variety of using of the sentences),

 Clarity and expressiveness, The Correctness of Grammar, Punctuation, and Spilling.

Scientific or general knowledge, Creative ideas, Original thinking,

Strong willing to admit TJ with convincing power,

It would be a great convincing power if we could include all of these requirements

 

Q: How much time and space is allowed for the essays?
A: Students have one hour to write two essays. Each essay is written on a special one-page form provided to the applicant. Applicants must write their essays in the lined box provided on the form.

 

Q: How are essays evaluated?
A: Each semifinalist's essays are read and scored by two trained readers. The essays are scored according to specific rubrics designed for each essay, and students receive a score between 0 and 5. An essay with a score of 5 is an outstanding essay, while an essay with a score of 0 is non-responsive, irrelevant to the topic, incomplete, and/or illegible.

PREPARING FOR ESSAY TESTS

Essay examinations can be short answer questions or long general questions. Essay tests do not have an exact answer key. They are usually scored on the logic and completeness of the answer, although there will be certain facts expected in the answer. The number one reason students fail essay tests is because they don't answer the questions completely and specifically, and because their answers are not well-organized, not because they cannot write.

Essay tests require students to remember what they learned. Preparation must be done during the semester, not the night before! Here are some tips you can use during the semester to be ready for any essay test that your instructor announces.

Try some of these suggestions to get a better score on your next essay test:

1. Carefully figure out the major content areas you need to learn.

2. Focus on the main source for the test: notes, the reading from the textbook or whatever you think will be asked on the test. It's better to understand a few things, than to try to learn a lot of unorganized material the day before the test.

3. Make a list of some possible topics for the test. List important subtopics for each.

4. Quickly read over all the materials you should cover. Mark the topics you need to study more intensively.

5. Write down all the main topics covered in class and in your reading up until the test date.

6. Read or reread all the materials you do not understood; use a specific purpose when reading.

7. Create a "bank" of information for each topic. Ask yourself questions about the materials you study. Use question words like "who," "what," "where," "when," "how," Ask yourself about the key characteristics of the information, what are some causes and effects? Create some examples for each topic to help you cover the most important information.

8. And lastly, on the day of the test, take some extra pencils in case you break one. If your teacher asks you to write in ink, take a pen with erasable ink.

 

Taking the Essay Test

 

1. Read all the directions and questions first! Take notice of the number of questions, the points for each question, the range of difficulty and the time available. Write any answers that come to your mind immediately. Write down any other key information you don't want to forget.

 

2. Analyze the test question and divide it into its main parts and sub-parts. From the parts, you should quickly make an outline of what you will write about.

 

3. Read the instructional words included in the question carefully, for example, "Compare and contrast the culture of your country with the culture of a different country." If the directions say to compare and contrast, then your answer must be a comparison essay!

 

4. Make an outline as a "map" to answer the essay question. If you don't have time to finish the whole test, this outline may give you some points! More importantly, the outline helps you to stay focused.

 

5. Make your answer as specific as possible. If you know the answer, write only what you are asked. Avoid generalities and always try to give specific examples.

 

6. Use part of the test question sentence in your test answer at the beginning of the paragraph. This tells the reader that you are answering this part of the essay here. This will earn you points!

 

7. Include a topic statement at the beginning and a conclusion paragraph at the end.

 

8. Review your answers. Your essay is written in a hurry and with a deadline, but it is scored under much more relaxed conditions. Give yourself enough time at the end of the test to check for spelling mistakes, grammar errors, omitted words, incorrect dates, etc. This is when you will be glad you wrote in pencil or erasable ink!