Analyzing The Essay 'Proficiency' By Shannon Nichols

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The essay “Proficiency” by Shannon Nichols is very effective. In this essay, Nichols provokes the reader to think about how this “proficiency” test may affect students by giving the example of how it affected her while she was in high school. She not only expresses the way the score made her feel and the negative effect it had on her attitude towards writing, but also points out how the score contrasted with that of her high school English classes. Nichols states that until the test, “Until that time, I loved writing just as much as I loved math. It was one of my strengths. I was good at it, and I enjoyed it” (paragraph 3). She knew she was a smart student and was not worried about not passing the test. When she failed the writing portion,
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