Editing

titlehough minor errors and typos usually will not undermine one's score on the writing assessment, an accumulation of errors or errors that begin to distract the reader can cause damage.  Remember, the essays are scored holistically, so if if weakness in one area (like mechanics and grammar) is serious enough to begin to affect other areas (paragraphing and content), a candidate's score will drop. 

When budgeting your time to write the LAST essay, allow yourself to about 10 minutes to review what you've written.  If you know your common writing weaknesses, focus on them (subject-verb agreement, pronoun referents, commas, etc.), but otherwise consider using the editing techniques suggested in the following pages:

 

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