The Writing section of the test is your chance to demonstrate how adept you are at conveying a point clearly and concisely in essay form. Essays are assigned a score by two graders, each from 1–6, with 6 representing the highest score possible for a superior essay. Scores of 0 (invalid) are assigned to writing samples left blank, written in a language other than English, or completely off topic. The two grader’s scores are then averaged (rounding to the nearest tenth) to assign a final score.
- Explain the prompt.
- Suggest a solution and support it.
- Offer and assess alternative solutions.
- Wrap up with a strong conclusion.
Kaplan 5 Step Method for the PCAT Writing Sample
|Step 1: Read and Annotate||Purpose: Clarify what the given statement or problem means.||1 minute|
|Step 2: Prewrite||Purpose: Sketch out a sensible solution, counterexample, and resolution.||6 minutes|
|Step 3: Clarify Main Idea and Plan||Purpose: Make sure the main idea is stated concisely and that it is the centerpiece of your essay.||1 minute|
|Step 4: Write||Purpose: Build a unified essay based on your prewritten tasks.||20 minutes|
|Step 5: Proofread||Purpose: Detect errors, especially those that affect clarity.||2 minutes|