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An overview of the thea or accuplacer writing test
An Overview of the Thea or accuplacer Writing Test

"Success is the sum of small efforts--repeated day in and day out."  (Robert Collier)


Table of contents
Table of contents

  • Part 1: Contents of TASP writing test

  • Part 2: Seven characteristics of TASP writing

  • Part 3: How is the test scored?

  • Part 4: Example of multiple choice questions

  • Part 5: Essay tips



The tasp writing test is composed of
The TASP writing test is composed of . . .

  • Forty multiple choice questions about different grammatical and stylistic problems

  • Also you must write a 350 to 500 word persuasive essay.



Seven characteristics

Content and Structure

1.Appropriateness

2.Unity and focus

3.Organization

4.Development

Language

5.Sentence structure

6.Usage

7.Mechanical conventions

Seven Characteristics


Appropriateness
Appropriateness

  • Purpose and audience

  • Appropriate style


Unity and focus
Unity and Focus

  • Thesis statement

  • Supporting points

    or reasons


Organization
Organization

  • Coherence

    a.Transition phrases

    b.Ordering of ideas


Development
Development

  • Adequate examples

  • Specific examples


Sentence structure
Sentence Structure

  • Fragments

  • Run-ons

  • Subject and verb agreement

  • Pronoun reference

  • Faulty modification

  • Faulty parallelism


Usage
Usage

  • Word choice

  • Adjective, adverbs and pronouns

  • Tense agreement

  • Shift in person

  • Misuse of negative

  • Ineffective repetition


Mechanical conventions
Mechanical conventions

  • Spelling

  • Capitalization

  • Punctuation

  • Handwriting



Essay part
Essay part

Step one: Two readers score your essay. You can earn from 1 to 4 points,

1 the lowest score and 4 the highest.

Step two: The two scores are totaled.

Step three: This means you may score a total of from 2 to 8 points on the essay part.

Step four:If you score 2-3-or 4, you have failed the exam.

If you score 6-7-or 8, you have passed the exam.

Step five (if necessary) :If you score a 5, the multiple choice part of the test will be scored. If you score a 220 or above, you have passed. 200 or below you have failed.


When writing the essay keep in mind that
When writing the essay, keep in mind that . . .

  • The readers will be considering whether or not you have successfully met the seven characteristics.



An overview of the thea or accuplacer writing test

1In addition to being one of the world’s most vital food crops; rice is used to meet a broad range of needs. 2 The Japanese make an alcoholic beverage called sake from it, and brewers sometimes use it to make beer. 3 Equally important are the plant’s by-products. 4In some regions, farmers use rice bran, the brown skin surrounding a kernel, as a livestock feed.5 Other people extract oil from the bran to make soap and margarine. 6 Rice grains also have rough outer shells, its hulls, that serve as an inexpensive fuel in many places. 7 Even dried rice stalks have their uses. 8Many Asians use them to make hats and sandals, and to thatch the roofs of their homes.

  • 1. Which one, if any, of the following changes is needed in the above passage?

  • A. Part 1: Change the semicolon after “crops” to a comma

  • B. Part 4: Delete the comma after “bran.”

  • C. Part 8: Change the comma after “sandals” to a colon

  • D. None of these changes is needed

  • 2. Which of the following parts of the passage displays nonstandard usage?

  • A. Part 2

  • B. Part 3

  • C. Part 6

    D. Part 7


Once again keep in mind as with the essay
Once again, keep in mind, as with the essay, . . . crops; rice is used to meet a broad range of needs. 2 The Japanese make an alcoholic beverage called sake from it, and brewers sometimes use it to make beer. 3 Equally important are the plant’s by-products. 4In some regions, farmers use rice bran, the brown skin surrounding a kernel, as a livestock feed.5 Other people extract oil from the bran to make soap and margarine. 6 Rice grains also have rough outer shells, its hulls, that serve as an inexpensive fuel in many places. 7 Even dried rice stalks have their uses. 8Many Asians use them to make hats and sandals, and to thatch the roofs of their homes.

  • All of the multiple choice questions, will be based on the seven characteristics.


Part 5 essay tips
Part 5: Essay Tips crops; rice is used to meet a broad range of needs. 2 The Japanese make an alcoholic beverage called sake from it, and brewers sometimes use it to make beer. 3 Equally important are the plant’s by-products. 4In some regions, farmers use rice bran, the brown skin surrounding a kernel, as a livestock feed.5 Other people extract oil from the bran to make soap and margarine. 6 Rice grains also have rough outer shells, its hulls, that serve as an inexpensive fuel in many places. 7 Even dried rice stalks have their uses. 8Many Asians use them to make hats and sandals, and to thatch the roofs of their homes.


The essay must be persuasive
The essay must be persuasive. crops; rice is used to meet a broad range of needs. 2 The Japanese make an alcoholic beverage called sake from it, and brewers sometimes use it to make beer. 3 Equally important are the plant’s by-products. 4In some regions, farmers use rice bran, the brown skin surrounding a kernel, as a livestock feed.5 Other people extract oil from the bran to make soap and margarine. 6 Rice grains also have rough outer shells, its hulls, that serve as an inexpensive fuel in many places. 7 Even dried rice stalks have their uses. 8Many Asians use them to make hats and sandals, and to thatch the roofs of their homes.

  • You are trying to convince an audience, usually a teacher or government official, of some particular issue.

  • You must take a position: for or against. Do not argue for both.


An overview of the thea or accuplacer writing test
When you take the TASP writing exam, you will be given a prompt based on which you will write your essay. But what is a prompt?

Prompt defined: A paragraph that contains the information for you to write your essay.

  • The prompt usually consists of four parts:

  • Part one: The question

  • Part two: One side of an argument

  • Part three: The opposing side of an argument

  • Part four: Directions


Sample prompt
Sample Prompt: prompt based on which you will write your essay. But what is a prompt?

  • Children killing children is all too common today. More often than not, a handgun is used as a weapon. Should guns be made illegal? Some people believe that we should make guns illegal because they feel that the number of accidental shootings would decrease, the streets would be safer, and people would be less likely to harm loved ones in moments of anger. Other people believe that making guns illegal would infringe on citizens’ rights to bear arms, leave innocent people no means of protecting themselves and their property, and allow crime to increase since only the criminals would find ways to get the guns. Write an essay of 350-500 words for an academic audience in which you take a position on the preceding issue. Support your position with logical arguments and appropriate examples.


Sample prompt broken down into parts
Sample Prompt broken down into parts. prompt based on which you will write your essay. But what is a prompt?

  • Question:

  • Children killing children is all too common today. More often than not, a handgun is the weapon used. Should guns be made illegal?

  • Proponents:

  • Some people believe that we should make guns illegal because they feel that the number of accidental shootings would decrease, the streets would be safer, and people would be less likely to harm loved ones in moments of anger.

  • Opponents:

  • Other people believe that making guns illegal would infringe on citizens’ rights to bear arms, leave innocent people no means of protecting themselves and their property, and allow crime to increase sinceonly the criminals would find ways to get the guns.

  • Directions:

  • Write an essay of 350-500 words for an academic audience in which you take a position on the preceding issue. Support your position with logical arguments and appropriate examples.


An overview of the thea or accuplacer writing test

Last words about prompt. prompt based on which you will write your essay. But what is a prompt?A. Make sure you understand the prompt before you start writing. B. You may use the reasons provided in the prompt in your own essay to form your argument. C. However, do not copy sentences directly from the prompt onto your own essay. Put the ideas into your own words.


The essay must be 5 paragraphs long
The essay must be 5 paragraphs long prompt based on which you will write your essay. But what is a prompt?


Introductory paragraph
Introductory paragraph prompt based on which you will write your essay. But what is a prompt?

  • Must be at least 50 words in length, three sentences

  • Remember this is the most important paragraph of the essay

    C. You need to revise and check the paragraph at least 3 times


In the introductory paragraph you will
In the introductory paragraph, you will . . . prompt based on which you will write your essay. But what is a prompt?

A. Briefly introduce topic

B. Clearly state position

C. State reasons


The thesis sentence is the most important sentence of the essay example
The prompt based on which you will write your essay. But what is a prompt?thesis sentence is the most important sentence of the essay. Example . . .

  • I believe smoking should be banned in all public parks because ____,____, and ___.


An overview of the thea or accuplacer writing test

Example of introductory paragraph . . . prompt based on which you will write your essay. But what is a prompt?

Tragic, fatal newspaper headlines announce the consequences of people’s drinking and driving.Some people learn a valuable lesson from their first DWI experience.However, those individuals with second drinking offenses should be imprisoned because these drivers are posing life threats to themselves and others; they are the causes of extensive property damage, and they are blatantly disregarding the law. (58 words)



In the body paragraphs you will
In the body paragraphs you will . . . words, Minimum!

  • A. Provide specific examples

    1. Tell a veryshort, illustrative story

    2. State facts or statistics


An overview of the thea or accuplacer writing test

Example of body paragraph . . . words, Minimum!

First of all, many fatal accidents involving drinking and driving are caused by the inability of the drivers to make sound judgments. This limitation leads to many potentially dangerous situations. Reactions of these drivers are slower than normal, and consequently, they are unable to avoid accidents. Most of these accidents cause bodily injury to the drivers as well as their passengers. The most tragic situation occurs when the person drinking and driving causes the death of some innocent motoristsor pedestrians.Innocent lives are ended, and still others are left handicapped because of drinking and driving offenders, many of whom are repeat offenders. (100)


Like the introductory paragraph the concluding paragraph must be 4 sentences 50 words minimum
Like the introductory paragraph, the concluding paragraph must be 4 sentences , 50 words, Minimum!


An overview of the thea or accuplacer writing test

Example of conclusion . . . must be 4 sentences , 50 words, Minimum!

In conclusion, individuals caught drinking and driving a second time should be imprisoned.They have placed themselves and others in serious danger, taken the risk of causing extensive property damage, and shown little respectfor the law.These drivers should suffer the serious consequences of imprisonment. They do not deserve any more chances.(46 )


Some final pointers
Some final pointers . . . must be 4 sentences , 50 words, Minimum!

  • A. The essay is the most important part of the writing test.

  • B. So, write the essay first -- then do the multiple choice.

  • C. After you are done with multiple choice, go back and revise the essay one last time.


An overview of the thea or accuplacer writing test
Things you should not do on the essay. If you do any of these things, more than likely you will not pass.

  • Argue both for and against

  • Never state your position

  • Repeat yourself excessively

  • Write off topic

  • Copy sentences directly from prompt


P s post script
P.S., Post Script . . . these things, more than likely you will not pass.

A.Watch your handwriting!

B.Printing is acceptable

C.No one likes to eat on a messy table; likewise, no one wants to read a messy essay. This could make the difference between passing and failing.


Last words no matter what happens remain calm if you lose your cool you lose everything good luck
Last words: these things, more than likely you will not pass. No matter what happens, remain CALM. If you lose your cool, you lose everything!Good Luck!


Assignment
Assignment these things, more than likely you will not pass.

Please go to the main Blackboard page and go to the Essay assignment icon for the week’s writing assignment. Mr g