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HOWARD UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL Expository Writing Examination (EWE) Gwendolyn S. Bethea, Ph.D. Director, Communications and Expository Writing Program 202-806-7277 email@example.com
Measures writing skills Shows how well you can explain, describe, or inform a reader Is a Diagnostic and Teaching Tool Was mandated by the Board of Trustees Is one of the prerequisites for Candidacy for Master’s and Doctoral Degree Should be taken in the beginning of the graduate program What is the Expository Writing Examination (EWE)?
Consists of a 500-word essay on one of several topics provided by the Program for Academic Support Services Office (PASS) ◦ Current events, topics of general interest ◦ (example, the health crisis, politics, social issues, etc.) E What is EWE (continued)?
Taken on Computer Special arrangements can be made for exempt students who prefer to write their exams How is EWE Administered?
All students admitted to the Graduate School, including ◦ Speakers of English as a Second Language Special provisions provided for students with special needs (please call the PASS office: 806-7277) Who Must Take the EWE?
Registration is required online: (www.gs.howard.edu/pass)www.gs.howard.edu Only registered students can take the examination Is Registration Required for the Exam?
Graded by at least two External Reviewers with Writing and Grammar Expertise If you score 5 or better, you will receive a Certificate of Completion without review If you score between 4 and 5, you must meet with the Program Director or Writing Lab Assistant and, if necessary, take an online tutorial before receiving the certificate If you score below 4, you must take a One-Credit Academic Communication Course to improve writing skills; a certificate of completion is provided upon completion of tutorial and/or course How is the Exam Graded?
Scorers of 5 or above on the GRE Writing Examination are exempt Documentation is required A certificate of compliance with the Writing Requirement will be issued by PASS office Who is Exempt?
If you fail the examination, you are required to take the Academic Communication Course Focuses on mechanics of writing ◦ Grammar, spelling, and punctuation ◦ Content and development of writing (thesis development, paragraph structure, and organization ◦ Taken in the Center for Academic Support, School of Education (Academic Support Building); other locations on campus as necessary; consult online course scheduling during registration; also access link on PASS website Academic Communication Course
When and Where is the Exam Administered? Fall and Spring Semesters Founders Library, Digital Classroom, Room 116, May 13-16, 2013, Session times: 10 a.m. to 1p.m.
Compose Comprehensive Outline Determine Main Idea/Thesis Statement Compose Topic Sentences ( to introduce paragraphs) and use Supportive Sentences Use Transitional Phrases between paragraphs Summarize as appropriate Ensure proper punctuation for clarity Ensure noun/verb agreement Check grammar, spelling; end with strong conclusion Edit separately for content, grammar, spelling; end with strong conclusion Writing the Examination
Graduate School Study Guide www.gs.howard.edu/pass/study_guide.pdf Purdue Online Writing Lab owl.english.purdue.edu/owl Common Errors in English Usage by Paul Brians www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/erros.html The English Chick www.englishchick.com/grammar Tips for Writing Essays www1.aucegypt.edu/academic/writers/ r Resources and Guides
Students advised of results via email Students arrange appointments to review exams, if necessary Students pick up certificates at scheduled times Graduate School sends scores to departments Students/departments/Graduate School retain records of exam results What Happens After the Examination?
Visit the Program for Academic Support Services website: www.gs.howard.edu/pass firstname.lastname@example.org 806-7277/6800 For more information