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How do I create a new user account?

  1. On the www.utahwrite.com home page, click Student Sign-up. Sign In
  2. On the Course Enrollment page, enter the Course Code and click Register.
  3. Complete the Student Information form. Student information form
    Note:
    An email address is only requested in case a new password is needed to access your account.
  4. Click I Accept if you agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I Accept button

How do I sign in to access my account?

  1. On the www.utahwrite.com home page, enter your User Name and Password.
  2. Click Sign In. Sign In
    Note:
    The warning Sign In Unsuccessful will appear if the User Name and/or Password you enter is not valid. See "Forgot Your Password?" below for help.
  3. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click the course name to access the course home page.

Forgot Your Password?

  1. Click Forgot your password? on the Utah Write home page.
  2. Enter your email address.
  3. Click Submit. Forgot password form
  4. Check your email inbox for a message from Utah Write. This message will contain a new password you can use to access your account.

How do I enroll in a course I was assigned to take?

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. On the Select a Course page, enter the Course Code and click Register. You will be directed to the course home page.

How do I access the course home page?

Each course for which you are registered will have its own home page. You can access practice tests, lessons, and your records of test performances and improvement all from the course home page.

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click a course. Course list
  3. The home page will appear. Course home page
Note:
See Home Page Navigation Tabs for more information about navigation.

How do I enroll in a different course from the course home page?

  1. From the course home page, click Change Course in the Helpful Links section. Helpful links
  2. On the Course Enrollment page, enter the Course Code and click Register. You will be directed to the course home page. Course code form

How do I take a practice test?

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click a course. Course list
  3. The home page will appear. Click the Practice tab. Write tab
  4. Select a writing prompt from the Prompt list.
  5. Read the prompt. If you want to fill in a prewriting graphical organizer, click Prewriting. If you want to immediately start writing your response to the prompt, click Begin Writing and skip to step 8. Begin writing button
  6. The Select an Organizer page will appear. Click on the desired organizer and then click the Next button. Next button
  7. The Prepare page will appear. Plan your response by filling in the organizer. The organizer will be available for reference on the Take a Test page. Click Next to continue. Next button
  8. The Take a Test page will appear. Read the prompt and begin entering a response in the large scrollable field provided.
    Note:
    Some courses have a limited amount of time to submit a response. Watch the clock to monitor the time remaining. Responses will be submitted automatically for scoring after time has expired.
    Time remaining
  9. When you have completed and proofread your response for errors, click Submit. Submit button
  10. Click OK. Submit prompt

How do I interpret my scores?

After you submit your practice test essay for scoring, you will be directed to the Score Report page. This page contains a copy of your response, the scoring for your response, and a list of suggestions you can consider to improve your writing.

Skill Categories

Each essay response receives a score in each of 8 skill categories:

  • Development of Ideas
  • Organization
  • Style
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Structure
  • Conventions
  • Textual Evidence
  • Content Accuracy

Scores in each category range from 1 (Inadequate) to 5 (Strong). The essay's total score is the sum of the 8 component scores.

Score report graph
Interpreting Scores

You can always work to improve your writing no matter what the score. However, categories that receive a score of 3 or lower should be targeted for special attention. Read the suggestions listed below the Scores section of the page as prompts to think about how to improve. There will be a list of suggestions for each category.

Note:
You can access scores for all completed practice tests at any time from the course home page.


How do I access scores from the course home page?

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click a course. Course list
  3. The course home page will appear. All practice tests that the student has taken will be listed. Click the date of the test that you want to view. Test list
  4. The Score Report page for the test will appear.

What is PEG?

Project Essay Grade™ (PEG™) software is an automated essay scoring solution based on more than 40 years of research by Dr. Ellis Batten Page, whose pioneering work in the field of computational linguistics has distinguished him as the father of computer-based essay scoring. Using advanced, proven statistical techniques, PEG analyzes written prose, calculates measures that reflect the intrinsic characteristics of writing (fluency, diction, grammar, construction, etc.), and models the decisions of professional readers to produce scores that deliver unparalleled accuracy and reliability. PEG's scoring results have been validated in more independent studies than all other essay scoring solutions combined.


How do I use lessons?

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click a course. Course list
  3. The course home page will appear. Click the Learn tab. Learn tab
  4. Select a lesson category. Lesson categories
  5. Click the lesson that you want to run. For example: Choose a lesson
    Note:
    There are three levels of lessons: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Note:
Flash 10 is required to run lessons.


How do I send my teacher a message about a test?

Students and teachers can post messages to each other on the Score Report page for a test. Both can access the Score Report page after signing in to review and post messages at any time.

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click a course. Course list
  3. The course home page will appear. Click the date of the test that you want to view. Test list
    Note:
    If there are new messages, a link will appear in the Messages column. Click links in the Messages column to jump to new messages in the score report.
  4. The Score Report page will appear. Scroll down to the Messages section to read and post messages. To post a new message, enter a message in the scrollable field and click Post Message. Write message

How do I access my portfolio?

The portfolio contains the record of all practice tests a student has completed, monthly score averages, and a progress graph to show how scores have changed over time. Students can access their portfolios from the home page after registering for a course.

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click a course. Course list
  3. The course home page will appear. Click the Portfolio tab. Portfolio tab
Portfolio Contents

The portfolio page contains four sections: Completed Essays, Monthly Averages, Progress, and Lesson Activity.

Completed Essays Lists each completed and scored essay. Click a date to review a score report for an essay.
Monthly Averages Reports monthly averages for number of tests taken, category scores, and total scores.
Progress Displays a graph depicting monthly total score averages.
Note: Graphs will only display after two months of test data has accumulated.
Lesson Activity Reports time spent on each of the categories of lessons offered by Utah Write.

How do I log out of Utah Write?

  • Click Sign Out to close your Utah Write account.


How do I get around Utah Write?

Click the Navigation Tabs to jump to lessons, practice tests, portfolio, or back to the home page.


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