Midterm Exam: Describe a Process
or Give Instructions to a General Audience
The Midterm Exam will ask you to write an essay describing a process or giving instructions to a general audience. The Midterm Exam is worth up to 100 points.
You must complete the Midterm Exam before beginning work on Unit 3.
You will write Exam 1 in an NVCC Testing Center. Be sure to take the appropriate
Exam Pass and a photo ID with you. Call the
Testing Center first to make sure it will be open long enough for you to complete the exam.
If it is not possible for you to get to an NVCC Testing Center, you may arrange for a proctor at another location. If you need a proctor, go to the
ELI Policies and Procedures Screen. Select the link for Examination Proctors, from the Table of Contents, for information on how to arrange for a proctor.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MIDTERM EXAM
WHAT TO EXPECT: The Midterm Exam will ask you to prepare and write a process explanation or instructions
explaining how to do something for a general audience. If you have done the required exercises successfully, you should not have any trouble with this exam. There is no time limit, but allow about 2 hours.
You will write this essay on
WORD and then print out a copy before doing a
copy/paste to Blackboard. Be sure to edit your
work carefully before submitting it to a
Blackboard exam box.
Remember, you must pass both exams to pass the course.
What to Bring to the Exam:
Midterm (Exam 1) Pass and a photo ID
which I have approved
- Short print articles about your topic (optional)
Any print or written materials you bring to the exam will be collected and sent to ELI. You will not be able to get either this material or your exam back. I will read your exam and send your grade to you with my comments. Allow about
one week for turnaround. Once you have taken the
exam, you may go on to Unit 3.
Before preparing the exam, you must send me
Plan Sheet by e-mail to get your topic approved. I will not read or grade any exam unless I approve the
plan sheet in advance.
Once I have approved your
you may take the exam. Bring the completed Plan Sheet to the Testing Center along with your exam pass.
Weight: The Midterm Exam is worth up to 100 points, or 10% of your total grade, depending on how well it meets the grading criteria below:
Midterm Exam Grading Criteria:
Uses the approved
plan sheet topic, material and organization
Uses appropriate tone and content for a general audience
Is well-organized; offers a step by step description of the process or instructions
correct, college-level English
Uses attractive layout
for a neat, professional appearance
Describes at least one simple, appropriate visual
Presents relevant, specific examples
to support narrative information
Provides any necessary context (e.g. not a fragment that fits into something larger, which is missing)
Credits all sources used
You may now go on to