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Turnitin Adds AP Exam Prompts for Revision Assistant

Turnitin Revision Assistant has added new prompts designed to help students prepare for the Advanced Placement (AP) World History and English Language and Composition exams.

Revision Assistant is a new tool that offers students nearly instant feedback on writing projects. Feedback focuses on clarity and focus, use of evidence, language and style and organization and development. The feedback is designed to be easy to understand and applies specifically to highlighted sections of the submitted writing. As students revise their writing, they can resubmit as many times as they like for further feedback.

The new prompts "have been made available in collaboration with the College Board Advanced Placement Program, giving Turnitin license to use prompts from the 2013 AP exams," according to a news release. "Based on the data licensed from the College Board, Turnitin created content models and rubrics that are now part of Revision Assistant's growing library of writing prompts."

The new prompts include:

  • Build an argument about memorials and monuments based on multiple sources in a document-based question (DBQ);
  • Investigate the concept of ownership and how it relates to one's sense of self;
  • Analyze Richard Louv's rhetorical strategies in his book Last Child in the Woods (2008);
  • Describe the struggles for global power within Europe during the mid-eighteenth century based on multiple sources in a DBQ;
  • Write about political changes in the Mediterranean between 200 C.E. and 1000 C.E. and their impact on culture; and
  • Analyze the role of the state in the economic development of Japan and one other country during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

"The inclusion of AP exam prompts into Revision Assistant furthers our goal of delivering great content in a formative writing space that supports instructors in the classroom and helps students improve and excel at writing," said Elijah Mayfield, vice president of new technologies at Turnitin, in a prepared statement.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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