Students taking WritePlacer® are presented with a prompt and asked to write an essay
of 300 to 600 words. A prompt consists of a short passage. Following the passage is
an assignment that requires the student to focus on the issue addressed in the passage.
Your essay will be given a holistic score that represents how clearly and effectively
you expressed your position. The following six characteristics of writing will be
- Purpose and Focus
The extent to which you present information in a unified and coherent manner, clearly
addressing the issue.
- Organization and Structure
The extent to which you order and connect ideas.
- Development and Support
The extent to which you develop and support ideas.
- Sentence Variety and Style
The extent to which you craft sentences and paragraphs demonstrating control of vocabulary,
voice, and structure.
- Critical Thinking
The extent to which you communicate a point of view and demonstrate reasoned relationships
Scores on WritePlacer® range from 1 to 8. An essay that is too short to be evaluated,
written on a topic other than the one presented, or written in a language other than
English will be given a score of zero.
Online Writing Lab at Purdue University
Students can use this link and search for help in the following areas: writing process,
sentence structure, or specific grammar work such as subject/verb agreement, use of
pronouns, capitalization, punctuation, etc. The site has a teaching section and quizzes
for every aspect.
NCC Writing Lab Resources