Taking an essay test:. How to do well on fewer than 10 cups of coffee. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to succeed at essay tests. What is an essay test?. Unlike multiple-choice or true-or-false exams, an essay test looks for more than mere correctness.
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Taking an essay test:
How to do well on fewer than 10 cups of coffee
Unlike multiple-choice or true-or-false exams, an essay test looks for more than mere correctness.
Instead, an essay test looks for depth, critical thinking skills, and an ability to synthesize ideas.
So what do you need to do?
Pay careful attention to the “direction” words your prof uses in each essay question. He/she is using these terms to tell you HOW to answer the question.
If you’re not responding to the question you’re asked, you won’t get the grade you’re hoping for.
An “A” essay test is:
Stick to the point and avoid “rambling.”
Plan ahead, and include a clear introduction and conclusion.
Use facts, figures, examples, research studies, etc. to bolster
Neglecting grammar and punctuation is like showing up for a job interview in jeans and a dirty T-shirt. You may be the best candidate for the job, but no one is going to take you seriously.
Budget your time. If you have an hour and a half, give yourself 15 minutes to plan, one hour to write, and 15 minutes to review.
Read all the questions before you start. Jot down important words, ideas, etc. while they’re fresh in your mind.
look at the direction words. Make sure you understand what your teacher expects.
This will add clarity, organization, and conciseness to your response.
Your answers should be direct and clearly respond to the question.
If you can’t remember that Romeo and Juliet was first performed in 1595, just put “late 16th century.”
Also: While taking an essay test, ask yourself the right questions.
Many of us get very nervous before an exam.
A little bit of “stage fright” can pump out the adrenaline we need to perform.
Too much anxiety can erode our focus and sap our confidence.
The best way to succeed at essay tests is to be prepared!
Give yourself time to study without cramming.
Make sure you understand all the questions.
Plan your answers before you start writing.
Take a deep breath…
…and watch yourself succeed!
Remember: Come to the Writing Center at ANY stage of the writing process: ● brain-storming, ● planning, ● developing, or ● finishing. Our professionally trained tutors will be happy to help!
WorkshopsMadonna’s Writing Center offers the following workshops:● APA● MLA● CMS● Using Sources Correctly● Introductions and Conclusions● Getting Started● Developing Ideas● Revision● Evaluation● Test-taking● Writing Concisely