Essay Writing - Chapter Summary
Strengthen your essay writing skills in preparation for the EPT exam, an English Language Arts placement test required for incoming students at schools in the California State University system. Lessons cover:
- Strategies for writing an essay that responds to a reading passage
- How to evaluate reasoning in an essay
- How to organize your writing and create an outline
- Basic essay structure
- How to write a thesis
- How to write a strong argument
- How to revise and improve your essay
In addition to taking the multiple-choice quiz that accompanies each video lesson, you should practice writing essays prior to the exam. The CSU system provides a sample essay prompt that you can use to practice your essay writing. You can also view sample essays on page 17 of the Focus on English guide provided by CSU.
About the EPT Essay
The lessons in this chapter are specifically designed to help you write strong essays. The essay portion of the exam comprises 45 minutes of the 1 hour 45 minute test. The other two test sections consist of multiple choice questions on reading and sentence composing skills. Your essay is scored by a CSU faculty members on a scale of 0-6, with 6 being the best score you can receive. If you score below a 4 and also receive low scores on the other sections, you may be required to complete developmental English courses before registering for freshman English.
You are required to write one essay for the exam, responding to a provided prompt. The essay prompt includes a reading passage and asks you to respond to it. Your score is determined by your ability to write clearly and in an organized fashion. The essay graders also evaluate your ability to develop ideas and support arguments with specific examples.