PSSA Writing Test. What will the test be like?. In grade 8 there are : 20 Multiple Choice questions for editing and revision 3 writing prompts. Multiple Choice Section. 5 Short passages with errors Each passage is followed by 4 multiple choice questions (20 MC questions).
In grade 8 there are:
A new principal is contacting all students about changing or adding to the school rules. Think of a rule you would like to change or add. Write to convince your principal to use your suggestion.
You are the class president and have been asked to write an introduction for a person you admire greatly. Write an essay describing the most admirable qualities of the person.
INFORMATIONAL - DESCRIPTIVE
KEY WORD= DESCRIBE
Many areas have laws that require motorcycle and bicycle riders to wear helmets. Do these laws conflict with your right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?” Take a position for or against these laws and write an essay supporting your view.
PERSUASIVE- POSITION PAPER
“Great thoughts speak only to a thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all humankind.”
—Emily P. Bissell
How do “great actions speak to all humankind”? Write an essay that explains your understanding of this quotation.
A teacher needs directions from the school to your home. Write a set of instructions that describes the route you take.
KEY WORDS=DIRECTIONS, INSTRUCTIONS
Think about discoveries or inventions that have affected our lives. Select one. Write to inform someone about this discovery or invention. Tell whether it has been good or bad for society.
Note: The bulk of what you are being asked
to do is to inform someone. You are asked to include
your opinion, but you are NOT asked to persuade the
When taking the test, first decide what mode is being asked for.
If they want you to inform, figure out what type of information they want.
to support your point and help your reader understand what you’re saying.
Use of paragraphing, with topic sentences
and transitional words, is KEY!
Your test will receive 2 scores:
Total possible 100 points