Writing Topic: Exam Writing

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EXAM WRITING:

MULTIPLE CHOICE AND ESSAY EXAMS

 

Multiple Choice Exam WritingEssay-style Exam Writing

Answering Multiple Choice Exam Questions: A Checklist

 

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Preparation
During the Exam
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After the Exam

Essay-Style Exam Writing

 

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Focus, strategy, and timing are keys elements in effective exam essay writing. You need to pay close attention to what the questions are asking, and you need to plan your answers. In most respects, an exam essay is like a term paper: it should be direct, focused, organised, and well supported. Furthermore, contrary to popular belief among students, grammar, clarity, proper punctuation and correct word choice all still count. You should avoid repetition, be coherent, and be concise. Of course, this is all much easier said than done, but the following steps should help you develop a process that allows you to write your best exam essay.

1. Re-read everything you can
2. Do pre-exam writing
3. Read carefully through the entire exam
4. Determine the order in which you will approach the questions
5. Budget a particular amount of time for each question
6. Prepare a brief outline
7. Write directly, quickly, and legibly
8. Leave yourself enough time

 

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