To all students

  • The exam should have consist of parts: reading, paragraph analysis, and writing. See sample exam under Test & Exams.

  • Some samples from students' responses to the two questions in Test 2 can be found here 

Final Exam

Before the Exam

  • Don't delay studying to the last two days. Set yourself a schedule and start today.

  • Remember this course is meant to help you succeed in your studies and at work. Think how to make use of all the information I provided. Do your best! 

  • Coverage from the textbook: as explained in the link below under called Course Syllabus and Coverage:  'Minimum textbook coverage'. After you finish with the textbook, go to the green links in my webpage. 

  • Use the textbook Appendices for help with sentence structure, punctuation (full stop or comma), verb tenses and other areas of your weaknesses. 

  • Use my Grammar link (unto the lesson on Adverbs of Frequency) to find your weaknesses in grammar.

  • Use the Reading practices below under Extra Reading Practices after you finish with the book.

  • Use the GS list to gain basic words you need whenever you read or write. If you are very weak and failed in Test 1 or 2, cover pages 1 to 10. If you passed with a low grade, cover pages 1 to 20. If you passed with a good grade but not an A or A-, cover pages 1 to 25. The ones scoring A- or A, make sure you know all the words on the GS list.

  • Revise your writings and my feedback. Write new paragraphs on suggested topics while avoiding the mistakes you made and benefiting from my feedback.


On the Exam Day

  • Bring at least two pens. If you want an eraser or a corrector, bring your own.

  • Make sure you know your section number and know how to spell my name to write them on the exam paper.

  • Arrive 15 minutes before the exam. 

  • Once you are allowed in, go immediately to your rows and be seated. Don't stand there talking to friends! 

  • Remember to copy your serial number to the exam paper.

  • Read the questions fully and carefully so you don't miss any parts.

  • Start with the easiest questions. When you are stuck, move to another question.

  • Plan your writing. Make sure you have different and clear points (main support) and some explanation for each (details). Use layers within the paragraph. Make sure your first sentence (the topic sentences) is clearly indicating the topic and the focus. Use signal words to indicate moving from one main support to another, and other signal words where needed. Use specific nouns and suitable adjectives. Pay attention to the use of commas, full stops and capitalization. Use simple, compound and complex sentences. Pay attention to subject-verb agreement.

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