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College Writing Exam

Before earning a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta, each student must pass the College Writing Examination. The exam consists of a multiple-choice test of the mechanics of writing and an impromptu essay of 400 words. Students have three hours to complete the exam and have a choice of three essay topics. They may use a dictionary and A Writing Handbook for Writers while they are taking the exam.

Both the multiple-choice test and the essay are evaluated according to the standards set forth in the Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers, the College’s descriptive standard for formal writing. Students may schedule the exam or receive further information at the Center for Academic Development and Enrichment’s website (http://cade.oneonta.edu). Students who wish to prepare for the College Writing Exam are encouraged to take a workshop at CADE.

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