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Below are some commonly asked questions about the writing section of the LAST.
1. What is the LAST writing component?
While most of the LAST consists of multiple choice questions, you are also required to write an essay — the writing component of the test.2. How much does the essay part count?
The written component of the Liberal Arts and Science Test counts for 20% of the total test score.3. What are LAST essay questions like?
The LAST essay requires you to argue one side or the other of a question. The two sides appear in two brief texts or paragraphs. Once you have reviewed the two presented sides, you will pick a side you want to argue.4. How much time should I allow for writing the essay?
You have four hours to complete the total test. Leave an hour for the written component of the LAST.5. What sort of essay must I write?
The LAST essay is an opinion essay. (Some people also call this an argumentative or persuasive essay.) You must state an opinion and defend it. To defend your position, you must provide a rationale for it. Support that rationale with evidence from newspaper articles, scientific studies, editorials and interviews with experts; you may also draw on personal experience.6. How will my essay be graded?
The written section of the test is scored holistically. This means that evaluators assess your overall composition and do not evaluate components of the essay (grammar or cohesion) as distinct sections of the test. Your total ability to comply with each of the standards is considered in the overall computation of your score.
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