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Chapter 21. In the Hot Seat: Writing Und... > When the Meter's Running - Pg. 244

In the Hot Seat: Writing Under Pressure 1. 244 Read the entire test before you start to write.If you have to write similar documents under pressure all the time, become familiar with the directions. This can save you valuable time you can apply to the writing itself. But when you're in a new writing situation, it's imperative that you read all the directions all the way through before you begin to write anything --even your name. Here's what you want to know: · Audience .Who will be reading your writing? What do they expect from you? · Purpose .Are you writing to persuade or inform? (It's very rare that pressure writing situa- tions involve extensive description or narration.) · Length .How long should your writing be? You're usually expected to write 350 to 500 words in an hour. · Time .How long do you have to write? If you have a choice of test questions, determine which one(s) you're best qualified to answer. Go for the one(s) you know the most about, the one(s) you can most fully answer in the time you have. Figure out how to budget your time.Decide how much time you can spend prewriting, drafting, and revising. Don't gnaw your fingernails to the quick trying to stick to your schedule, but do have an idea where this experience is going, and how fast. For a one-hour writing exam, for instance, you can allocate your time this way: 2. Step in the Writing Process prewriting drafting revising and editing Time 10 minutes 30 minutes 15 minutes