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As of July 30, 2018, CTE will be temporarily relocated to East Campus 3 (EC3). We look forward to continuing to serve our campus community by offering our regular programs and services from our temporary offices and workshop locations. More information about the move can be found on our location page.  

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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