Example Essay Test

The essay test you take asks for the type of academic writing you are likely to experience as part of your college coursework.

Instructions for the Essay

Prepare a multiple-paragraph writing sample of about 300-600 words on the topic below. You should use the time available to plan, write, review, and edit what you have written. Read the assignment carefully before you begin to write.

Your writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a whole message to the readers for the stated purpose. Your score will be based on your ability to express, organize, and support your opinions and ideas, not the position you take on the essay topic. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:

  • Focus
    The clarity with which you maintain your main idea or point of view
  • Organization
    The clarity with which you structure your response and present a logical sequence of ideas
  • Development and Support
    The extent to which you elaborate on your ideas and the extent to which you present supporting details
  • Sentence Structure
    The effectiveness of your sentence structure
  • Mechanical Conventions
    The extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics

Be sure to write about the topic indicated below and use multiple paragraphs. You may not use any books or papers or other reference materials during the test. Remember to review your writing and make any changes you think will improve what you have written.

Note: To leave a blank line between paragraphs, press the Enter key. Do not use the Tab key.

Sample Essay Topic

Some schools require each student to participate in an organized school sport chosen by the student. People at these schools argue that athletics is an important part of the educational experience and that there should be a rule requiring participation. Others argue that students should be free to decide whether or not they wish to participate in organized school sports.

Write an essay for a classroom instructor in which you take a position on whether or participation in organized school athletics should be required. Be sure to defend your position with logical arguments and appropriate examples.


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