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Outline your Essay Response

In addition to making sure you have read and understood the full question before you actually begin writing, you may wish to briefly outline the content of your essay response. Identify your main topic or idea, jot down supporting data and your conclusion.

This is not to be an extensive outline. If you're going to write one long paragraph, this brief outline shouldn't take more than a minute or two. If your response is a page or two long, then your outline may take you a few minutes.

This brief outline allows you to organize the information you intend to use in your answer. It also helps you to remember certain points so that you don't omit them as you write out your response.