Expert Preparation Tips for the AP Language and Composition Exam

AP testing season is upon us, so let’s discuss the most writing intensive Advanced Placement exam: AP Language and Composition.

After the multiple choice section, the second and final portion of the exam requires test takers to answer three free response questions: a synthesis essay, a rhetorical analysis, and an argument. Students are given a total of 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete all three essays, and the section makes up 55% of your overall score on the exam.

One Teacher's Hilarious Take on Teacher Appreciation: "A Day in the Life of a High School English Teacher"

I’m a fourth year English teacher who teaches high school seniors at one of the largest public schools in Florida. I plan to be in this field until I’m old, gray, and retired. But while I love teaching—I can’t deny that it’s a challenging and sometimes thankless job.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I thought it might be interesting to showcase just how much goes into a day in the life of an English teacher.

How to Identify and Fix Passive Voice

There are many things that go into a well-written essay or article. Respectable source material, relevant examples, and content organization. Each of these are essential components in crafting a successful piece of writing. While these things make up the “what” of a written work, the “how” is equally important. For example, which words best convey meaning? Is the tone casual or formal? Among these considerations is the choice between active or passive voice: deciding how the subject and direct object are organized in relation to one another in a sentence.

Why Blogging Can Make You A Better Writer

The key to becoming a better writer today is the same its always been. If you want to be a better writer you must write. The more you write, the better you become. 

You no longer need to keep a notebook or piles of legal pads that no one else will read filled with your thoughts, musings, and stops and starts. You can do that, of course, but the internet gives you a different set of options.

Blogging your way to becoming a better writer is a great way to go (and WriteLab can help you improve at a faster pace).

How to Prepare for the TOEFL Integrated and Independent Writing Tasks

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) includes two writing tasks: the Integrated Writing Task and the Independent Writing Task. Both writing tasks have relatively short time limits, so you are mostly being tested on your ability to understand and write English—particularly in an academic context. Below, we’ll get into the specifics of each writing task and provide helpful tips on how to effectively prepare. 

6 Tips for Crafting A High-Scoring GRE Issue Essay

The “Analyze an Issue” essay is one of two writing tasks on the GRE’s Analytical Writing Measure. This task assesses your ability to think critically about a topic and form a persuasive argument in support of your position.

You’ll be presented with a statement, recommendation, claim, or policy that can be discussed from a variety of perspectives. After considering several points of view, you must craft a clear and compelling case for your own position on the issue.

Helping Students Visualize Counterarguments

When teaching argumentative writing to beginners, it is one thing to tell your students to think critically, evaluate sources, and integrate counterarguments—and another thing for students to conceptually understand why this matters and how to connect diverse elements together. As a teacher, you need to make your own good arguments in order to help your students understand effective argumentative writing and structure.