The test administrators stress that no special knowledge of subject matter will be necessary to complete the Writing Samples. After each prompt, a student will have to complete three basic writing tasks. First, he or she will have to accurately describe or interpret the prompt. The essay prompts have been written so as to require several sentences of description in order to be fully explained. After accomplishing this first step, the student will assess the validity of the prompt by describing a situation or set of facts that might refute it. Finally, the student will explain whether (and if so how) the conflict between the argument explained in the first section and the contradiction described in the second section can be reconciled. This will require a more general evaluation and interpretation of the issue at hand.
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