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Reviewing, revising and editing

Review what you have written by slowly re-reading the prompt and then your essay. Make sure you have answered all parts of the questionand have developed an essay that follows your outline, makes one point, and supports that point with relevant supporting ideas. If you have written an essay that asks you to tell a story about your experience, make sure you have stuck to only one story and have reflected on that story in the introduction and/or conclusion to make your point.

If you find, through your review of the essay, that you need to make changes, revise by using arrows to

    • indent paragraphs that you forgot to indent
    • switch words, sentences or paragraphs that need to be switched,
    • break up paragraphs that make more than one point
    • to add words or phrases that will enhance or clarify your ideas.

After you read and revise, focus on grammatical issues like:

    • fragments,
    • comma splices,
    • run-ons, and
    • spelling errors.

You can edit for these issues by changing periods to commas or visa-versa, or by crossing out misspelled words and writing the word’s correct spelling above it.

For more information and practice with editing issues, see our information on common errors and corrections.

Exam Tip: You should spend whatever time you have left after composing your essay on reviewing, revising and editing. If possible, leave yourself five to ten minutes to accomplish this task.