Timed Writing Tips
The 120 minute essay test
Prof. Steven Federle, Solano College, 2006
“Timed Writing: Techniques for Success,” The College Board, <http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/boost-your-skills/50269.html,>
6 April 2006.
Odyssey: From Paragraph to Essay,4th Ed., William J. Kelley and Deborah L. Lawton: New York: Pearson,Longman, 2006.
1. Reading and Understanding the Question
The most common, and worst, mistake that you can make when writing with a time limit is to misread the question. You may feel that you need to rush and get started, but once you get your assignment, take a deep breath and slow down. An effective strategy is to underline, circle, or otherwise highlight the key words in the question. To craft an accurate response, you must know where to begin as well as where you're going.