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Dorfmeister’s Guide to Mastering the OGT. Writing. So, you wish to master the Writing Portion of the OGT!. This program involves following simple step, by step strategies for mastering your essay. Follow the steps and learn the strategies. Repeat the process as necessary.

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so you wish to master the writing portion of the ogt
So, you wish to master the Writing Portion of the OGT!
  • This program involves following simple step, by step strategies for mastering your essay.
  • Follow the steps and learn the strategies. Repeat the process as necessary.
  • This is not as hard as you may think.

What is

the OGT?

  • Read each slide carefully. Those slides which require a response will have two sounds. This sound will indicate a wrong answer. (click here)
  • This sound will indicate a correct answer. (click here)
  • The yellow arrows at the bottom will move you to the next or previous slide.
the test breakdown
The Test Breakdown
  • The writing portion is broken down into three basic parts:
    • Multiple Choice (10)
    • Short answer (1)
    • Extended Response (2)
where are the points
Where Are the Points?
  • Go back and study the table again.
  • Where should you focus your attention?

Multiple Choice

Extended Response

Short Answer

where are the points7
The Multiple Choice questions are only one point each.

That’s ten points total out of forty eight points.

The Short Answer question is worth only two points. That’s two points out of forty eight total.

The totals of all multiple choice and short answer is still less than one extended response.

Where are the Points?
focus your attention on the extended response
Focus your attention on the Extended Response.
  • You can get the multiple choice answers wrong and still pass.
  • Go right to the extended response. Focus on those, then go back to the short answer and multiple choice.
extended response strategies
Extended Response Strategies

The Ohio Graduation test uses two prompts:

  • One is a persuasive prompt. This involves convincing someone of your point of view. Choose a side. Do not be too nice or wishy-washy.
  • The other prompt will involve telling a story orexplaining a situation. This does not have to be truthful, feel free to embellish details.
pop quiz click on the correct answer
Pop Quiz: Click on the correct answer.

The OGT always has which type of writing prompt?

  • A personal story
  • An explanation involving a “how to” format
  • A persuasive format
tips for being persuasive
Tips for Being Persuasive

Whether or not you can see both sides to a situation, choose a side and stick with it.

You will be told to use a specific format. This means that if you’re instructed to write a letter, remember to use the “Dear Someone” and sign your letter.

your answer document will have two sections
PREWRITING: Nothing on this page will be scored.

Draft to be scored, Topic #1












Your answer Document will have two sections:
always use the blank prewriting section regardless of its claim of not being scored
This blank page is intended to be used for organizing your essay. Use it. If the evaluation is focusing on organization, graders may look for it. Useit.

Prewriting: Not to be scored.

Always use the blank prewriting section, regardless of its claim of not being scored.
let s review
Most of the points for the OGT are where?

The Extended Response

The Multiple Choice

The Short Answer

Which one of the following is NOT a strategy for the persuasive prompt?

Choose a side and stick with it.

Be sure to follow the format.

Go right to the “draft to be scored” section.

Always use the prewriting section.

Let’s Review
focus on the prewriting
Using the answer document page that says, “Prewriting: this page not to be scored,” you will map out your arguments.

Draw a circle in the middle and write your specific point of view in the center.

Prewriting: Nothing on this page will be scored.

School uniforms

Are unnecessary.

Focus on the Prewriting
remember main point in the middle this is your point of view
Remember, main point in the middle. This is your point of view.
  • Four specific points or arguments for your point of view.
  • Now you will try this using a real prompt.
  • Remember, choose a side and write that in the middle circle, then brainstorm four arguments.
  • Read the prompt carefully and move to the next slide.
read this carefully and remember the format
Read this carefully and remember the format.

Your School Board is considering the idea of banning all field trips, using taxpayer money. Write a letter to the board members explaining why this is or is not a good idea. Be sure to include past field trip experiences, lessons learned, and whether or not these experiences are valuable to one’s education.

Jump to prewriting check


Print this page.

Return to second writing prompt.

use the printout to map your ideas
Use the printout to map your ideas.
  • Your main point is written in the center circle.
  • Come up with four arguments to back up your point.
  • This may take some time. It’s okay. Prewriting is the hardest part. Save this printout.
prewriting drill
Prewriting Drill
  • Did you write your side of the argument in the center circle?
  • Did you come up with four ideas to back up your point?
  • Did you remember the format of the prompt?
if you checked no on any box proceed to the next slide and follow directions
If you checked “no” on any box, proceed to the next slide and follow directions.

If you checked yes on all three boxes, save your prewriting and click below.

if you checked no on any box
No on box one: go back and rewrite your point of view in the center circle.

No on box two: Should any of your other arguments be made into two separate arguments? Did you cover everything the prompt requested?

No on box three: Read the prompt again.

If you checked “no” on any box…

Writing Prompt

prewriting again
You’ve done the hardest part. Now, you’ll try it again.

Advance to the next slide, read the prompt and map it.

Prewriting Again

You're a writer!

the prompt
Your mayor is considering a teen curfew of 9:00 P.M. on weeknights because of a problem with vandalism. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in which you convince readers to accept your point of view on the proposed curfew.

Your point of view goes in the center.

Look again at the format (letter, editor of local paper).

The Prompt

Return to prewriting map

here we go you re ready
Here we go! You’re ready!

Got it mapped out?

Choose either prompt and prewriting map. Advance to the next slide. You will begin to write your essay.


Remember your format.

Take a side.

Each circle is a new paragraph. Indent.

that was the hardest part
Think you’re done? It was tough, but now you must proofread for errors. You may go back and print first before proofing, or go right to the slide for corrections.

Check your format.

Once you’ve made your corrections, go back and print your essay.

The essay and the two prewriting exercises will be submitted to your instructor.

That was the hardest part.
remember the basics
Remember the Basics:
  • Focus your time on the extended response section.
  • Use the prewriting page. Organize those arguments.
  • Stick to the format.
want more information
Want more information?

Click the button below to go to the Ohio Graduation website. PDF files are available.

Ohio Graduation Test Website

thanks to
Thanks To:
  • Ohio Graduation Test State Website
  • Rusted Root: “Drum Solo”
what is the ogt
What is the OGT?
  • The OGT (Ohio Graduation Test) is a standardized test required by the State of Ohio for all high school students.
  • Students are tested in Math, Science, Reading, Writing, and Social Studies.
  • Students begin testing in the spring of their tenth grade year.
  • Students must pass all portions of the OGT, if they wish to earn a high school diploma.