Types of Assignments and Tests

  • Abstract
  • Advertisement
  • Annotated bibliography
  • Biography or autobiography
  • Brochure, poster
  • Budget with rationale
  • Case analysis
  • Chart, graph, visual aid
  • Client report for an agency
  • Cognitive map, web or diagram
  • Contemplative essay
  • Debate
  • Definition
  • Description of a process
  • Diagram, table, chart
  • Dialogue
  • Diary of a real or fictional historic character
  • Essay exam
  • Executive summary
  • Fill in the blank test
  • Flowchart
  • Group discussion
  • Instructional manual
  • “Introduction” to an essay or scientific report (rather than the full report)
  • Inventory
  • Laboratory or field notes
  • Letter to the editor
  • Matching test
  • Materials and methods plan
  • Mathematical problem
  • Memo
  • “Micro-theme” (a tight, coherent essay typed on a 5x 8 note card)
  • Multimedia or slide presentation
  • Multiple-choice test
  • Narrative
  • News or feature story
  • Notes on reading
  • Oral report
  • Outline
  • Personal letter
  • Plan for conducting a project
  • Poem, play, choreography
  • Question
  • Regulations, laws, rules
  • Research proposal addressed to a granting agency
  • Review of book, play, exhibit
  • Review of literature
  • Rough draft or freewrite (writer writes freely, with no constraints for a certain amount of clock time)
  • "Start" (a thesis statement and outline or list of ideas for developing)
  • Statement of assumptions
  • Summary or precis
  • Taxonomy or set of categories
  • Technical or scientific report
  • Term paper, research paper
  • Thesis sentence (sentence that expresses author’s main point)
  • Word problem

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