Comprehensive English Examination: August 2013

Individuals exercise their minds by taking the Comprehensive Examination in English, which assesses listening and reading comprehension and writing aptitude. Scholars answer multiple-choice questions and write two short-response essays. Finally, they write one extended critical essay to complete the comprehensive exam. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide writing rubrics to help partners practice peer editing each other's essays
  • Distribute highlighters, markers, sticky notes, and other markup tools to encourage active reading
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils with hearing impairments may require accommodations for the listening exercise 
  • Students should be able to write knowledgeably about literary techniques or elements
Pros

  • Lists clear, thorough guidelines for the essay
  • Includes a variety of Common Core-aligned questions
Cons