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Unformatted text preview: © 2006 The College Board. All rights reserved. College Board, College-Level Examination Program, CLEP, and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. English Composition 18th Edition The materials in these fi les are intended for personal use by students preparing for a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP ® ) examination. These materials are owned and copyrighted by the College Board. All copyright notices must remain intact. Violations of this policy may be subject to legal action, including but not limited to, payment for each guide that is disseminated unlawfully and associated damages. Visit our website at www.collegeboard.com/clep for the most up-to-date information. 1 English Composition Description of the Examination The English Composition examination assesses writing skills taught in most fi rst-year college composition courses and, in particular, skills for college assignments requiring writing that explains, interprets, analyzes, presents, or supports a point of view. The examination does not cover some topics included in many fi rst-year college writing courses, nor does it require knowledge of grammatical terms. However, the student will need to apply the principles and conventions expected of academic writing discourse. Two versions of the test are offered. One is all multiple-choice, and the other is multiple-choice with an essay. In both versions, some of the multiple-choice questions are pretest questions that will not be scored. The all multiple-choice version contains approximately 90 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. The version with the essay has two separately timed sections. Section I contains approximately 50 questions to be answered in 45 minutes. Section II is comprised of one essay question to be answered in 45 minutes. In either version, any time candidates spend on tutorials or providing personal informa- tion is in addition to the actual testing time. The essay is scored by college faculty who teach writing courses. Each essay is read and assigned a rating by two scorers; the sum of the two ratings is weighted and then combined with the candidate’s multiple-choice score. The resulting combined score is reported as a scaled score between 20 and 80. Separate scores are not reported for the multiple- choice and essay sections. Policies of colleges differ with regard to their acceptance of the two versions of the English Composition examination. Some grant credit only for the version with essay; others grant credit for either version. Many colleges grant six semester hours (or the equivalent) of credit toward satisfying a liberal arts or distribution requirement in English; others grant six credit hours of course credit for a specifi c fi rst-year composition or English course that emphasizes expository writing....
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