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Useful notes for candidates following a webinar on ECPE writing correction offered by the Hellenic American Union:
You can write a rough plan on the last page of your official writing booklet.
One and a half page is required so that the topic is deemed well developed. Otherwise, you lose rhetoric points (content and organisation)
You can leave a blank line between paragraphs or divide paragraphs traditionally. The division must be clearly distinguished.
If the essay is not finished, you lose rhetoric points.
Sample essay commentary:
My opinion: Rhetoric: 2 (that was not a for and against essay), Grammar: 5, Vocabulary: 4 ---> Total points: 11
Examiner's total score: 12
1) Watch Ric Elias explain what the three things that really matter in life are, as he unravels the thoughts that sprung into his mind the minute his doomed plane went down. https://www.ted.com/talks/ric_elias
2) Listen to Nickelback's song 'If Today Was Your Last Day' and contemplate on what each one of us would do if we knew that we were running out of time. Official video: https://youtu.be/lrXIQQ8PeRs Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/nickelback/iftodaywasyourlastday.html
3) Blog your thoughts about: What is truly worth our effort and attention? What constitutes the very essence of life?