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This section presents sample questions and constructed-response samples along with the standards used in scoring the essays. When you read these sample responses, keep in mind that they will be less polished than if they had been developed at home, edited, and carefully presented. Examinees do not know what questions will be asked and must decide, on the spot, how to respond. Readers take these circumstances into account when scoring the responses.
Readers will assign scores based on the following scoring guide.
The response is successful in the following ways:
The response demonstrates some understanding of the topic, but it is limited in one or more of the following ways:
The response is seriously flawed in one or more of the following ways:
Response is blank, off-topic, totally incorrect, or merely rephrases the question.