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QUESTION: So I'm a first year in science and I failed my ELPE though I'm a native English speaker. Any tips on the processes ahead of me?

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  1. Other first year in Science here: LOL sucks to suck, that was the easiest pass of my life.

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  2. ^ science is full of douchebags like that, sadly enough. simmers out by 4th year though.
    u take english 109C or something, it's a breeze

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  3. make sure you use enough examples next time

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  4. If you failed the ELPE you may need to investigate whether you have an un-diagnosed learning disability, or an anxiety issue. The ELPE isn't supposed to be difficult. It's supposed to confirm that you have adequate writing abilities. If you passed high school English, you should be able to pass the ELPE.

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    1. Wait, how does an un-diagnosed learning disability or an anxiety issue link to failing the ELPE?

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    2. @4.a because you'd have to be fucking retarded to fail the ELPE.

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    3. I didn't even finish mine, maybe halfway through it. I had an outline at the start as part of my planning process, so I am assuming that they saw what I planned and thought I was being too ambitious with the length I wanted to write.

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    4. Forgot to add that I passed.

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  5. I feel you, OP. Even though I'm not a native speaker, I took an English course in UW, with 90+ average. Did pretty good on my IELTS too, or so I thought. (8.5). The point is, I also failed my ELPE, took another english course to make up for it. ELPE is soo basic, I failed to make it.
    (yes, I understand I sound like a cocky snob. It's just that time of the month. But I hope I made my point)

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  6. The ELPE tests nothing useful. Its not a proper essay or anything. A lot of people fail it or just scrape a pass and it really says nothing about your English abilities. You can retake the test, so make sure to get feedback on what you did wrong. Your problem could have been just spelling and grammar or may have been just structure. Either way, everyone I know just changed the way they wrote it the second time that they passed it no problem on the second try.

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  7. I had 90+ in Grade 12 English and had a conditional pass on my ELPE. It wasn't because I didn't know how to write. I was confused with the instructions the person gave that day and somehow thought she said that we could only use one example per point. I lost marks from lack of examples.

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  8. The marking on the ELPE was extremely stupid. I transferred from Mac so I was in my third year when I first took it, I am extremely good with essays, typically high 80's low 90's and I also failed my first attempt. It was a good paper too and had no spelling or grammar errors. My second attempt, I was extremely sleep deprived and wrote one of my worst essays ever, yet I somehow passed with flying colours. Everyone I knew that wrote during my first attempt also failed. It seems that there are just extremely tough markers, or they purposely waste your time and make you write it twice.

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  9. I was in the same boat. The ELPE is bullshit. I got 90's in all of my English courses in high school and still failed the ELPE. So, I ended up taking ENGL 109 and got a 90+ and fulfilled the damned ELPE requirement. Don't let this bring you down.

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  10. You might be stupid, OP. I think the main thing the ELPE tests is instruction reading. I remember in bold it asked us to underline our title. Anyone that I knew that didn't underline it failed. Perhaps you should learn to read.

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  11. The trick for ELPE seems to be that you don't need to write a lengthy essay but a short and concise one with proper grammar and spelling. It seems like when you write short, your chance of having lots of mistakes decreases a lot

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