Checklist For Essay Tests

Use the following as a guide when writing answers to discussion questions and as a checklist after you have written your answer.

 

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Do I really understand what the question asks me to do?

 

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Have I done any preliminary planning of my major points?

 

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From reading the first sentence of my answer, does the reader know both what the question is and how I will develop my answer?

 

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Do the major points stand out?

 

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Are the major points supported with examples and facts?

 

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Are there clear transitions between the major points?

 

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Would someone who has not taken this class be able to understand the concept discussed in the way I explained it?

 

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Have I completely covered all major points needed to answer the question?

 

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Did I stick to the question?

 

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Have I concluded with a summary statement?

 

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Did I proofread for misspelled words, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, comma splices, subject-verb or pronoun/antecedent agreement errors, and other errors that might prevent the reader from understanding what I have written?

 

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Is my handwriting readable, and have I left enough space for comments or additions?

 

You may also want to view a Power Point Presentation that includes reflection exercises for student regarding the checklist above.

For more tips and practice using these tips , you may want to purchase Practicing College Learning Strategies , 4th edition by Carolyn Hopper published by Houghton Mifflin, 2007.

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