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Essay Essentials - Your essay will be scored based on how well you develop a well-organized, multi-paragraph response to the prompt given. You should use well-structured sentences, language appropriate for your audience, and correct conventions of standard American English. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered.

  • Focus and Meaning - The clarity with which you maintain the main idea or point of view.
  • Content and Development - The extent to which you elaborate on the ideas and present supporting details.
  • Organization - The clarity with which you structure the response and present a logical sequence of ideas.
  • Language Use Style - The appropriateness and complexity of vocabulary and sentence structure.
  • Mechanics and Conventions - The extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics

In general you will want five well-developed paragraphs. One thesis paragraph, three supporting paragraphs and a concluding paragraph. A paragraph typically has 5-7 sentences. Remember to stay on topic. Proof read for typos and other grammatical errors before submitting for scoring.



  • Math Study Guide – a FREE Math College Placement Test Study Guide based on which class you need to take for your degree/certificate.
  • Math Refresher Course – a FREE four hour boot camp taught by a member of the ACC math department that is designed to help you be successful on the Math College Placement Test