4. Submit your examination in one of these two ways:
Submit the exam online. Note:
Save both parts of the examination in one Word document.
Then, go to your homepage and click Take an Exam. When you enter the full exam number,
you’ll be directed to browse for your saved document and to upload it for submission.
This examination will give you practice applying all the writing skills you’ve learned in the first four
study units by developing two separate paragraphs of 8–12 sentences each.
You’ve applied for a specific job in your field of study. The Human Resources Department arranges an
interview and tells you to bring with you a polished piece of writing for them to evaluate your writing
skills. The paragraph must describe one particular experience you’ve had that inspired you or guided
you to choose the type of position for which you applied.
Your audience is your potential employer and your purpose is to show you have thought carefully
about what and/or who has motivated you toward this career choice and why. In addition, you want
to convey your enthusiasm for this position as it relates to your inspiring experience. Take time to
think about what your audience wants to know and strive to reach a balance between informal and
formal business writing.
1. Prewrite about your field of study and create a specific job for which you might want to apply
at a particular business or organization in your area. Outline what that position would look like.
Brainstorm details, names, titles, and facts to provide depth to your paragraph and enable you
to write a polished paragraph.
include your prewriting, drafting, or revising work.
2. Freewrite about the different experiences you’ve had that motivated you to choose your area of
study. Pick one on which to focus—one that triggers sparks of enthusiasm. Review your prewriting
and choose what’s most pertinent to the experience and position. Decide on an organizational pattern,
such as a chronological outline, and arrange those details into a logical, coherent flow.
3. Open a Word document and type the heading
. Begin your rough draft with the topic
sentence, in which you state the position and place, as well as your reason for wanting to be hired
as it relates to your inspiring experience. Develop the experience you organized in Step 2. Include
not only details about the one experience, but also show how that experience inspired you, particularly
as it relates the position for which you’re applying. Develop your paragraph using clear,
varied sentences containing concrete words and transitions or connectives to create a logical flow.
Show enthusiasm, yet maintain a somewhat formal tone.
4. Save this document using your name, student number, and exam number (Example: Jane Doe
try to revise or proofread this paragraph yet, but begin work on the
Your favorite cousin has moved to your town and is looking for a job. Her previous experiences are
working as a cashier and sales clerk at two department stores. You know she plans to apply at similar
stores in your town. But you also know she is a perfect match for a job opening as a reliable assistant
to your boss. You know she has the skills, though she doesn’t think she is as capable as she is, and
you’re sure she’d be good at this job.
Your goal is to persuade your cousin to apply for the job. You e-mail her a paragraph explaining the
specifics of the job and the reasons she should apply. You want to convince her that she has the job
skills required. You’ll use an informal tone, of course, but will take care to use correct business writing
to show her that you take your recommendation seriously.
1. Using your imagination, create the kind of skills the job as boss’s assistant requires. Make up
names for your boss and the company, as well as any facts that might help you prove your case
to your cousin. Freewrite about the skills you’ve seen her show in other settings and about how
you can convince her to use those abilities in this position. In addition, consider personality traits
that show she would work well with your boss. Also make up details and figures about how this
job will benefit your cousin personally and professionally.
2. Circle the information your cousin most needs to hear to be persuaded to apply for this job. You
won’t be able to use everything you made up. Organize the details and explanation using an order
of importance pattern.
3. Open the Word document containing your draft of Paragraph 1 and begin a new page. Type the
and draft your 8–12 sentence paragraph. Begin with the topic sentence,
in which you establish your confidence in your cousin and spark her interest in applying for this
job. Develop your paragraph using clear, varied sentences and concrete words with transitions or
connectives that create a logical flow. Use the information you’ve identified as most important and
make your paragraph as persuasive as possible.
4. Set aside this draft for a few days while you return to the first paragraph, revising it according
to the following instructions. Once you’ve revised Paragraph 1 into a polished product, do the
same with Paragraph 2.
Revising, Editing, and Proofreading
1. Print a clean copy of the rough drafts. First identify the topic sentence. Although you’ve learned
that in some paragraphs the main idea is understood, your assignment for each paragraph
requires you to establish your first sentence as your topic sentence. Rewrite the first sentence
to make it interesting and to flow clearly into the next sentence. Then check that every other
sentence in the paragraph directly develops and supports your first sentence. Cross out any
sentences in which you got sidetracked or started another major thought not directly necessary
to developing the topic sentence. Revise your paragraph so you fully develop your focus
with clear, logical reasoning. Develop further explanation or details as needed to fill any gaps.
2. Continue revising by comparing the end of each sentence with the beginning of the next. Be
sure you’ve included proper connectives to guide your reader from one idea to the next.
Restructure those sentences where you find a gap or break in flow because you shifted focus
3. Your next task is to start from the end of the paragraph and look at each sentence separately.
Does each one represent a complete thought or is it a fragment needing to be connected to
another sentence in some way? Does it contain two independent clauses running together with
only a comma between them? Correct the problems. Compare sentence length and structure
throughout the paragraph to make sure you’ve included some complex sentences. Check the
first five words of each sentence. Make sure you vary the opening to provide your reader with
variety. Remember that you must have 8–12 sentences in your paragraph.
4. Edit and proofread by applying the skills from all four study units, including word choice,
grammar, spelling, usage, and punctuation.
5. Prepare a final typed draft of each paragraph formatted according to the submission instructions.
Submit only your final draft of each in one Word document.
include your prewriting,
drafting, or revising work.
Mail the exam in the envelope provided or your own business-size envelope. From your computer,
type or print the exam on 8½-by-11-inch white paper. Attach the Answer Sheet to your exam.
5. Double-space your work and use Times New Roman font, size 12. After preparing a rough
draft, read the evaluation criteria and revise your work carefully, correcting any errors you find.
Make sure to spell-check and grammar-check your work, too. Submit only your final drafts.
You may submit your exam online only if you use
Microsoft Word. The school cannot process exams from Microsoft Works,
WordPerfect, or any other word-processing program. All others must be printed out
and mailed to the school.