Developing test content

Review the issue or topic carefully.

You may have a great idea for a rehearsal, but if it does not fit perfectly with the theme, you will not be able to create the final requested text. Review the job description carefully and underline the keywords. Keep a list of these words and phrases close to you while you are writing your essay.

Many works indicate their purpose through the use of words such as “compare”, “contrast”, “similarities” and “differences”. List the similarities and differences between the questions you are comparing. Even if you have been asked to write a comparison essay, the inclusion of contrasting points will also be implied. The ideal starting point is to create a list of aspects in common between the items you are comparing, as well as a list of different aspects.

Each test should be guided by a clear and concise statement of thesis. Even if the basis for comparison has been included in the requirements, you still need to express in a single sentence why you are comparing the two themes. The comparison should reveal something about the nature of the topics or about the relationship of one to the other, and your thesis statement should express that argument.

Organizing content

The organization of the content would be an important stage of testing aid. Before you start writing, make a sketch. The ideal is to plan your organizational strategy. A unique feature of an essay is that you can choose from several different organizational strategies. Use a traditional sketch form if you want, but even a simple list of bullet points or markers in the order in which you intend to present them would already help. You can also annotate your main points in sticky notes (or type them, print them, and then cut them) so you can organize and rearrange them before deciding on a final order.

Switch themes to each paragraph. This means that the first paragraph will compare one aspect of one item and the second, the same aspect of the other item. The third paragraph will compare a second aspect of an item and the fourth will compare the same aspect of the other item – and so on, always remembering to address each subject in the same order.

Write the paragraphs of the body of the text. The first sentence of a paragraph of the text body (often called a phrasal topic) prepares the reader for the idea to be developed in this paragraph, the middle of the paragraph presents the information you have collected, and the last sentence draws a simple conclusion based on this information . Be careful not to exceed the limits of the paragraph by making a much larger statement about your two themes, that is the function of the completion paragraph.

Arrange the paragraphs. After defining the comparison points, choose the structure for the text body paragraphs (where you’ll place your comparisons) that makes the most sense for your information. To resolve all organizational issues, it is recommended that you write a sketch to use as a reference.

Be very careful not to address different aspects of each theme. Comparing the color of one thing to the size of another does not help the reader at all to understand how they differ.