essay question

noun

: an examination question that requires an answer in a sentence, paragraph, or short composition

Examples of essay question in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brian Clark, a Brown spokesman, said that some students were put off by a longer application with more essay questions. Stephanie Saul, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2024 This approach underscores the importance of balancing your preparation between multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and essay questions. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 24 Feb. 2024 The MCQs test your theoretical knowledge, while the essay questions assess your ability to apply concepts in practical scenarios. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 24 Feb. 2024 Following the change, about three-quarters of all essay questions will be scored by a computer program rather than human scorers. Silas Allen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 Feb. 2024 Exam Format: Each part of the CMA exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and two essay questions. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 2 Feb. 2024 Small colleges with ample resources have the advantage of being able to spend more time evaluating individual applications and reading carefully through essay questions than large universities. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Aug. 2023 Students apply to the school through a competitive admissions process that evaluates high school coursework, ACT/SAT scores, responses to essay questions, recommendation forms and other accomplishments. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 15 Oct. 2023 Use essay questions to round out your education story While not all colleges and university applications require essays, students may be given a chance to tell an admissions committee more about themselves beyond the standard questions asked in the application. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Essay question.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/essay%20question. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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