The WritePlacer test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. 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 is 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
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