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Posted: 6/17/2009 6:51:15 PM EST
Anyone take the WEPT tonight? For those who don't know what the hell I'm talking about the Written English Proficiency Test is essentially a test to see if you know how to write an essay, use MLA formatting, cite references, etc. It's pretty bogus, but it satisfies some state mandate required of every college grad.

Anyways, every time they pick a semi-controversial topic that has come up recently in the headlines, give you a packet of articles to read, and then tell you to use the readings to write an essay, and I thought the topic this time would be of particular interest to you all. I got 20 pages worth of readings on...GUN CONTROL/CCW ISSUES!!!

How fitting right? Well they give you a choice of using one of three pre-written thesis or your can go the "less-directional" route and do your own thing. I think one was talking about the VT shootings and regulations of sales to mentals, one was about a CCW/Gun Rights activist John Lott and his position on using weapons for defense, and the other was about (then Sen.) Obamalama criticizing the Bush administration for letting the 1994 AWB sunset.

None of the three really appealed to me, and I actually read the articles before coming into the exam contrary to what most others believed, so I used some excerpts from some recent media on the CCW on College Campus bills and continued to write a fairly decent 9 page essay advocating my support for CCW and why I should be allowed to do so at school.

I made sure to do you all proud, but honestly I don't know what kind of grade I'm going to end up getting. They test you to see how well you can use the articles to support your thesis, but a majority of my information to build arguments comes from personal knowledge (thanks to you all!)...not articles. Oh well, some lib teacher is gonna have a fun time reading that dandy.


"Thought you ought'ta know..."
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 7:08:13 PM EST
I think only UMKC does this. What a waste of fucking time. No one uses MLA except academia and every profession that does use extensive writing like, law, print media, medical journal, economic, business, etc, has a specific style and format. You write something MLA style in a business setting and you will piss off every person that has to wade through it, if you write something business style for an economic argument you will spend a lifetime explaining since you should have just written everything out in flower esoteric terms.

I'm glad you got a decent topic, but what a fucking retarded exercise to attempt to solve the problem of graduating retards that can't write. Which is an all too common problem in today's educational system.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 7:17:44 PM EST
Originally Posted By UsernameTaken:
I think only UMKC does this. What a waste of fucking time. No one uses MLA except academia and every profession that does use extensive writing like, law, print media, medical journal, economic, business, etc, has a specific style and format. You write something MLA style in a business setting and you will piss off every person that has to wade through it, if you write something business style for an economic argument you will spend a lifetime explaining since you should have just written everything out in flower esoteric terms.

I'm glad you got a decent topic, but what a fucking retarded exercise to attempt to solve the problem of graduating retards that can't write. Which is an all too common problem in today's educational system.


THANK YOU! I'm glad my classmates and I aren't the only ones who can see what a ridiculous waste it is. And regarding the MLA formatting...you are 100% correct. I'm fairly certain that when I do my technical writing project this semester for Senior design I won't have to dig up my MLA handbook for references.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 9:10:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/17/2009 9:12:39 PM EST by Volucris]
Just about every college is going to have those one or two English courses everyone is forced to take as a new student. Your MLA formatting proficiency is an indicator of professor quality. Plus with the volume of students taking those courses you want to have a standard format for grading papers so no one needs to learn your obscure made up format. Once you start taking higher level science courses you'll find the majority of teachers completely abandon MLA style and focus more on APA type formatting which is more prevalent in science journals.


MLA sucks but you have to admit it's really easy.
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