is the North Carolina Writing Test?
The North Carolina writing test
is an efficient way to screen students to determine which ones require
extra help in the area of writing. This test is administered to grades 4,
7, and 10 in early March of each year. In this assessment, each student's
ability to write an organized, coherent essay with a main idea and
sufficient details is measured.
North Carolina began giving the
test in 1983-84. Since then, improvement in student writing has been
proven by both test results and by comments from university professors
concerning students' writing skills. The test is administered to all 4th,
7th, and 10th graders in North Carolina on the same day.
are students evaluated?
Students are assessed using a
4.0 scale. Two trained scorers separately evaluate each test and the two
scores are averaged together. Although a score of 2.5 is passing, it
indicates only the minimum requirements were met. The essay is also given
a + or - score to summarize the student's mastery of sentence formation,
word usage, mechanics, and spelling.
For more information on the
North Carolina writing test, visit the North Carolina Department of
Major Pitfalls on the North Carolina writing test:
The student fails to
carefully read the prompt.
The student goes off topic
in the body of the paper.
The student fails to provide
a parent or Guardian, how can I help my child prepare for the North Carolina writing
questions of your student concerning writing: What are you writing
about? Can I listen to your paper?
night before the test, make sure your student gets a good night's
sure your student eats a good breakfast the morning of the test.
sure you student has sufficient writing materials - paper, pencils,
and erasers - at school and at home.
sure that your student arrives at school on time on test day.
scheduling dental or medical appointments on the day of the
that the test is important, but do not make you child nervous.
your child to relax and do their best.
good contact with your child's language arts or writing teacher.