As a refresher, here are the other tips that we gave you during your review sessions. These are helpful for writing any type of essay, be it for your college application or current and future class requirements.
Be aware of current issues and other significant events in history. Read or listen to the news. It will help if you know some facts about recent issues and other major turning points in history. (This will also give you confidence when you take the exam.)
Practice expressing an opinion on issues.When you encounter controversies or issues, try to take one side and justify why you chose to be on that side. Don’t be neutral. Neutrality will not be applicable, particularly if you are asked to write an opinionated essay.
Don’t think about being “safe” when it comes to writing your essay.Choose one side and defend it. Evaluators will be looking for coherence and conviction aside from impeccable grammar.
Brainstorm. On-the-spot essay writing in college admission tests are time-pressured. The ACET, for instance, will require you to write two essays for only 15 minutes each. So practice thinking as fast as you can.
Read and understand the essay question carefully.
Conceptualize an outline or a mind map of what you are about to write. However, you must remember that outlining your thoughts should not consume so much time. Take note of the time limit; then budget your time.
Answer the question directly.
Do not make long introductions. Since your essay is limited due to time pressure, you also have to budget the length of each essay part (i.e., introduction, body, conclusion).
If you are asked to write an opinionated essay, state your position at once. Then state your reason for choosing the position.
Support your arguments with facts or examples. You can even prepare these ahead of time. Think of two or three references that you can use given any topic. For example, the movie The Social Network or the historical figure Mother Teresa may be cited in a variety of topics. Try to think of your own examples.
Use simple words. Do not use terms you do not really understand just to make your essay sound profound. Be sure that words are in their correct usage and within context.
Make sure that your essay is organized and focused. Do not include arguments, examples, or facts you cannot discuss.
Make sure that your essay is coherent.
Finish what you started. Don’t leave your reader confused and hanging. Make sure that you have discussed every point that you introduced.
Check your essay for errors in grammar and usage. Grammar and usage are very important components of your essay. These are what they initially check for in your essay exam.