Lots of students get nervous when they have to take tests. It's natural. Use these tips to be at your best on the day of the big test.
Before the test…
Take the test…
After the test…
Analyzing a Prompt
To effectively respond to a prompt, you must first understand it. Try using the STRAP questions to analyze a prompt:
Subject: What topic should I write about?
Type: What form of writing should I create?
Role: What position should I assume as the writer?
Audience: Who is the intended reader?
Purpose: What is the goal of my writing?
Different Types of Writing Test Prompts Ask for Different Information:
Narrative prompts ask you to write about a personal experience.
An expository prompt asks you to write an explanation.
A persuasive prompt asks you to state an opinion and defend it.
A response to literature prompt asks you to write about a specific aspect of a story, poem, novel, or nonfiction selection.
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Writing Test Tip
Be sure to use your time wisely. For example, if you have 45 minutes to respond to a prompt, consider using the first 5 to 10 minutes to analyze the prompt and plan your response, 30-35 minutes for your writing, and the last 5 minutes for revising and editing.