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    How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    Consider a typical exam question for Paper 2 of English Advanced, where you have 3 essays to write and 40 minutes for each question.

    How many words can you write in 40 minutes? For me, i'm absolutely pushing it at about 920 words. I've done 1000 words in 40 minutes before but I could barely read my own writing.

    I'd love to see the length of the essays other people are planning to write out for the HSC.

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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    700-800 if you want readable.
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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    If you have something memorised in your head, 30 wpm is very acheivable, in other words 1200 words in 40 minutes.
    If you write non stop, 20-28 should be acceptable which would land you 800-1100 roughly.

    Saying that, I have been practising lengthy memorised writing for many a-year and just managed to fit in 1400 words in a 45 minute exam 2 weeks ago. That was memorised, though. So I'm pretty happy with that, cause I could still read it and I definately did not think I could write that fast!
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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Patar
    If you have something memorised in your head, 30 wpm is very acheivable, in other words 1200 words in 40 minutes.
    If you write non stop, 20-28 should be acceptable which would land you 800-1100 roughly.

    Saying that, I have been practising lengthy memorised writing for many a-year and just managed to fit in 1400 words in a 45 minute exam 2 weeks ago. That was memorised, though. So I'm pretty happy with that, cause I could still read it and I definately did not think I could write that fast!
    OMG. 1400 words, I wish ! However I am posed to ask what was your mark ? For me a 800-900 words is the easy mark to reach with legible writing, still if I really had to I could perhaps push to 1000.


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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    a teacher said that it is expected that:

    Year 9
    - 40 minutes : 500 words + time to edit

    Year 10
    - 4o minutes: 800 words

    try to practice writing quicker, as in the HSc you will need to write heaps. teachers have been telling us to hand write assessment tasks to prepare for speed writing in the HSc... so by Year 11...

    Year 11
    - 40 minutes: should write about 1100 words to get the best marks possible
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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    Quote Originally Posted by nerdsforever
    a teacher said that it is expected that:

    Year 9
    - 40 minutes : 500 words + time to edit

    Year 10
    - 4o minutes: 800 words

    try to practice writing quicker, as in the HSc you will need to write heaps. teachers have been telling us to hand write assessment tasks to prepare for speed writing in the HSc... so by Year 11...

    Year 11
    - 40 minutes: should write about 1100 words to get the best marks possible
    What's the name of this teacher? I've got a mate who goes to Sefton.

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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    Quote Originally Posted by SomeoneCool
    What's the name of this teacher? I've got a mate who goes to Sefton.
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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    1400 Words in 45 minutes is insane.

    Good to see people are averaging around the 900-1000 mark though, I wonder if I should apply for the ability to type the HSC instead of write it due to inlegible handwriting. I just practiced my 1000 word essay (in 40m 30s !) and I'm having trouble discerning writing from gibberish.

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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    Interesting....I don't know how many words I can write in 40 minutes! But I know how many pages I can write in 40 minutes................

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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    In my half yearly I wrote 1200+ words for my Journey essay in 40mins, that was pushing it though. I don't think I could do any more than that.
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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    Around 1000 for me

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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    Quote Originally Posted by nerdsforever
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    OMG MR CREE!!!

    He's my all-time favourite english teacher ever.

    On topic- remember that the number of words you write does not equate to marks. Perhaps practice writing concise essays, so you have less to write and more time to think and edit.
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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    i can write 1200 in 40 minutes

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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    I think I do around 800-1000 or so, which is all you need if you know how to write. (Not saying that more is worse, but you can't get 11 out of 10, you know).

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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    Quote Originally Posted by jessi90
    i can write 1200 in 40 minutes
    I guess I can write about that much as well. Probably around 1500 words I reckon (in exam condition).

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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    wtf.. Last assessment i wrote 2.5 pages which is like 600 words. How can you people write so fast?

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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    Quote Originally Posted by dang
    wtf.. Last assessment i wrote 2.5 pages which is like 600 words. How can you people write so fast?
    I wrote 5 pages in my last assessment. I wrote like a mad person, really.

    After that exam, my hand was numb for few minutes. I couldn't move it really. I got good marks in the end so I am not complaining.

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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    If I know what I need to write, I can write between 1200-1400 words (I think). If I have to ad lib, it would obviously be less.
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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    Doing uni exams, where you are given 3 hours to complete an exam where everyone has up and left after 1.5 hours because they give you so much extra time, made me wonder why they push you for time so much in the HSC.

    HSC english exams should be same difficulty but with 4-6 hours to write in. Give students effectively unlimited time to get their thoughts on paper. Mark students on what they know, not how quickly they can write.

    It would be a nightmare to mark, but a lot fairer. They really make HSC english unnecessarily and stupidly difficult.

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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    In my area of study exam of friday I prepared a 1000 word essay and a 1000 word story so that I would be able to adapt them if the question didnt fit. It turns out that the questions were perfect for what I had written and it only took me half an hour for each of them. So I'm guessing about 1300 if I wrote for 40 minutes
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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    I KNOW, RIGHT!

    There is absolutely no reason why you should have 40 minutes (!!!) to write an essay.

    Admittedly, I only get an hour per essay in uni, but there's at least some time to pause and think.

    Still, it would be nice of them to reduce the pressure a bit (and the hand strain) and just give you as long as you need (within reason). Oh noes, higher quality essays!
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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    I did 1450 in 45 mins, i was on fire that day tho cos i didn't have to stop and think. This was for extension too.

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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    most for me is three typed pages - single spacing, size 12, Times New Roman. I guess that's be around 1400-1500?

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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    Quote Originally Posted by a.Limjoco
    OMG. 1400 words, I wish ! However I am posed to ask what was your mark ? For me a 800-900 words is the easy mark to reach with legible writing, still if I really had to I could perhaps push to 1000.
    I got 90% for that particular one, as I said I was surprised that I got that much in.
    Lengthy writing doesnt always equivilate to marks at our school, still have to make it clear and manageable. My writing was fine in that though.

    And its interesting how writing doesn't matter if you're stronger or not, its all practice and technique, I'm not particularly strong really and I just got it all down.
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    Re: How many words can you write in 40 minutes?

    I usually write 8-9 pages in English assessments within that time period.

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