Essay Tests

Essay tests allow you to demonstrate your full understanding of a topic. Good essays include facts and specific examples to support your opinion; they also are well organized, thoughtful and clearly written.

Read the directions carefully before you begin writing. Common essay directions include the following vocabulary:

Many essay questions have multiple parts. If you can write on the test, underline and number the different parts of the question you must answer; then, be sure to answer all parts of the question in you essay.

Spend time to save time: A few minutes spent on brainstorming an organization at the beginning of an essay test will save you time in the long run. Plus, you will have a better-organized, more thoughtful answer.