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Writing Exam

The Operations Research Center, in cooperation with the MIT Writing Program, administers a Writing Skills Examination to all incoming students to the interdepartmental program in Operations Research whose native language is English. This exam is to identify weaknesses in students' written English-language skills. Since so much of a student's graduate career depends on effective communication skills - both verbal and written - we feel that early identification of problem areas and appropriate remedial action are of critical importance.

The Writing Department at MIT will be administering the Writing Exam online.

The Examination consists of one essay of 750-1250 words based on online readings. You will have 72 hours to write the essay, from 1 pm Friday, August 3, 2012 to 1 pm Monday, August 6, 2012, and submit them online. You can register for the examination beginning at 1 pm EDT on Friday, July 13, 2012 here https://grad.imoatweb.mit.edu/. You must register by 5 pm on Tuesday, July 31.

Your MIT ID number will be both your login ID and password. When you login for the first time, you will be prompted to change your password and provide additional information.

The readings for the test will be posted on Imoat at 5 pm EDT on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 and the essay questions will be posted on Imoat at 1 pm Friday, August 3, 2012.

If you are unable to take the online Graduate Writing Skills Examination, a make-up examination will be offered on a date to be determined. The make-up examination will be handwritten and will take two hours. Because most students perform better on the online examination, we strongly urge you to take that test.

If you have any questions about the test, please contact the Acting Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Suzanne Lane, at stlane@mit.edu.


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