In the lesson, our professor Rebekah Hendershot goes through an introduction on strategies to raise your essay score. She explains the formatting, writing and content tips, and then reviews some test-taking strategies.
Use your most legible handwriting (probably printing)
Occasional (neat) scratch-outs are fine; a big mess of scribbles is not.
Practice writing timed essays by hand—don’t use a word processor.
Indent your paragraphs
Makes your essay look neater and easier to read.
Be sure to make all your paragraphs approximately the same length.
Write (your first paragraph) perfectly
Starting out neat and clear makes a good impression
Don’t obsess over the later paragraphs as much; your reader won’t notice as much, and the pressure can harm your writing.
Write with flair!
Use details instead of generalizations
Take a few risks with your prose style
Use colorful vocabulary
Don’t go overboard showing off your skills
Do not use abbreviations or IM-style slang.
Answer the question.
Look for clues in the prompt.
Don’t go off-topic.
Take a few risks.
If taking a slightly more outrageous position than usual will keep you interested in your task, do it.
When in doubt, have fun writing. You’ll stand out from everyone who isn’t.
Budget your time.
Each essay is worth the same number of points, so you’ll want to spend about equal time on each of the three.
Use part of your 40 minutes to plan and jot down an outline (3-5 minutes should be sufficient).
Keep an eye on the clock, but don’t let it run your life.
Order your essays.
You can write your essays in any order you like, but it’s best not
to leave the hardest essay for the end (when you’re tired and low on time). If possible, write the essays in the order presented.
Strategies to Raise Your Essay Score
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