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Tips and Tricks for Acing the English Composition Clep Exam

The College Composition exam uses multiple-choice questions and essays to assess writing skills taught in most first-year college composition courses. Those skills include analysis, argumentation, synthesis, usage, ability to recognize logical development, and research.

English Composition Clep Essay Examples

The exam measures test takers' knowledge of the fundamental principles of rhetoric and composition and their ability to apply Standard Written English principles. In addition, the exam requires a familiarity with research and reference skills. In one of the two essays, test takers must develop a position by building an argument in which they synthesize information from two provided sources, which they must cite. The requirement that test takers cite the sources they use reflects the recognition of source attribution as an essential skill in college writing courses.

Write an essay in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement provided. Support your discussion with specific reasons and examples from your reading, experience, or observations.

So thinking quickly, I've decided that for my cruelty examples, I'm going to use the American Revolution. For my leader who is loved example, I'm going to use the King of Thailand. (Just go with me here, chances are that both of us know more about the King of Thailand than the essay reviewer.)

A final word about the essay - You don't even have to pick the side of the argument you truly believe in. Pick whichever side has the most supporting information, fill out the outline, and then get writing. It'll go by quicker than you think! Just remember - Good examples, logical arguments, smooth transitions, and a solid intro and conclusion. If you have those, the rest is gravy.

The two synthesis essay questions below are examples of the question type that has been one of the three free-response questions on the AP English Language and Composition Exam as of the May 2007 exam. The synthesis question asks students to synthesize information from a variety of sources to inform their own discussion of a topic. Students are given a 15-minute reading period to accommodate the additional reading required for the question.

The English Composition (with or without Essay) CLEP exam is designed to test writing skills that a student would typically learn in a first-year college composition course. InstantCert's course prepares you for the multiple choice portion of the exam, focusing on sentence-level composition skills; students taking the version that includes an essay will need to prepare for the essay-writing portion using other resources.

Most CLEP exam questions are multiple choice; however, some exams also ask students to fill in answers, shade answer options, and place items in the correct order. The college composition exam includes two mandatory essays graded by two or more English professors. Other exams in the composition and literature category offer optional essays, and language exams include reading and listening sections.

Your scores are reported only to you, two weeks after testing. Allow at least seven weeks to receive your score for the general examination in English composition with essay. To have your scores sent to schools, employers, or certifying agencies, an identification code is required. To have your scores sent to the University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies, select University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies (code 2927) on the Internet test site.

ENG 1030. Composition Writing Laboratory (1). Uses literature, rhetorical essays, or content material from the student's major area as a basis for writing. Recommended for students who lack requisite English Composition skills or who wish additional composition practice. Does not fulfill general education humanities requirement.


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