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Examination in Writing Proficiency (EWP) Essay Scoring Guide
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EWP Essay Scoring Guide

Your essay will be scored by faculty selected from throughout the university who are trained specifically for this responsibility.

The essay topic is designed to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to write clearly and effectively. Your essay will be evaluated on the basis of organization, development, appropriate word choice, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and logic. It should be well organized and well developed, and demonstrate a clear understanding of the assignment. The writing should exhibit your ability to use language effectively to construct sentences of appropriate complexity and variety. There should be enough specific information in your essay to illustrate a described experience or support a proposed argument. You should complete all tasks set by the assignment.

A "pass" essay may contain some writing errors but they should not be serious or frequent enough to distract the reader or to suggest there are major problems in writing.

A "fail" essay will reveal one or more of the following weaknesses: (1) serious problems of organization or focus, (2) insufficient specific information to illustrate experiences or support arguments, (3) serious problems in sentence structure, or (4) errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation or word choice that are serious enough to distract or confuse the reader.

Sample Essay Topic

The essay topic is designed to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to write clearly and effectively. Be sure to provide supporting details and examples where appropriate. Your essay will be evaluated on the basis of organization, development, appropriate word choice, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and logic. Remember too brief an answer is not desirable.

You have 90 minutes to write on the essay topic. You have ample time to make notes and outline your essay before you begin to write. You also have enough time to edit your essay after you have written it.

Sample Topic 1

In many cities throughout the United States and abroad people rely on public transportation, while in Southern California most people travel by private automobile. Each time a gasoline shortage occurs or is threatened, alternative forms of transportation are discussed, e.g., car pools, busses, subways. Most Southland residents, however, continue to prefer to drive everywhere in their own cars.

Writing Assignment: Please respond to all of the following.

Bullet Point Why do you think Southern Californians have chosen to favor use of individual automobiles instead of mass transportation? Be specific supporting your opinion.
Bullet Point What, if anything, do you think would make Southern Californians change their minds?

Sample Topic 2

Consider the following statement: "The folly of formal education has always been its attempt to crowd everything into the requirements for a degree."

Writing Assignment: Please respond to all of the following.

Bullet Point Based on your experience as a university student, do you agree or disagree with this position?
Bullet Point Give examples from your experience to support your position.
Bullet Point What changes in the requirements of your university education would you like to make?

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