The most significant problems I saw in the practice essay exams that I graded over the weekend were these:
- TITLE: You must provide a title for your exit exam essay. If you forget the title, the evaluator will take off points.
- PARAGRAPHING: Make sure that your paragraphs are clearly defined, that they do not go off-topic, and that you format them correctly. Don’t put an extra space between paragraphs, and make sure you indent your paragraphs.
- SPELLING/GRAMMAR: The most frequent errors in this category were final “s” errors (subject/verb agreement), and forgetting to put a period at the end of the sentence. Please watch out, when you are writing, that you are remembering to finish what you have just said before you start a new sentence!
- DEVELOPMENT: Some of you were late to the test, so you didn’t adequately develop your essay. You will need at least five clearly defined paragraphs with a good conclusion for a passing grade. Make sure you are on time on April 26.