Grade Eight (8) Writing Assessment Description 

The writing assessment for grade eight consists of an evaluation of each student response to an assigned prompt.  Students are assigned a topic from a prompt bank representing two genres:  expository and persuasive.  Students are allowed approximately 100 minutes to write their essays.  The writing assessment must be administered in one day.  A make-up is also given the following day.

 Types of Writing The Georgia Grade 8 Writing Assessment is a test of expository and persuasive writing.  Students will be given either an expository or persuasive writing topic.  Because topics will be spiraled, students may receive any one of the two writing topics thus requiring them to be prepared to write in expository or persuasive genres.  Topics will be released after each test administration and will become part of the practice topic bank.