Essay Test Taking Tips
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- Read the directions carefully; pay close attention to whether you are supposed to
answer all the essays or only a specified amount (i.e. "Answer 2 out of the 3 questions).
- Make sure that you understand what the question is asking you, if not ask your instructor.
- Make sure that you write down everything that is asked of you and more. The more details
and facts that you write down, the higher your grade is going to be.
- Budget your time, don't spend the entire test time on one essay.
- If the question is asking for facts, don't give your personal opinion on the topic.
- When writing your essay, try to be as neat as possible, neater papers usually receive
- Make an outline before writing your essay. This way your essay will be more organized
and fluid. If you happen to run out of time, most instructors will give you partial
credit for the ideas that you have outlined.
- Don't write long introductions and conclusions, the bulk of your time should be spent
on answering the question(s) asked.
- Focus on one main idea per a paragraph.
- If you have time left at the end proofread your work and correct any errors.
- Budget your time, if you have an hour to write 3 essays, spend no more than 20 minutes
on each essay, then if you have time left over at the end go back and finish any incomplete
- If you aren't sure about an exact date or number, then use approximations i.e. "Approximately
5000" or "In the late 17th century."
- If you make a mistake, simply draw a line through it, it is much neater and quicker
than erasing it.