Test of Written Expression (TOWE)

SKU: 3547645
  • Ages: 6-6 through 14-11
  • Untimed
  • Administration: Individual or Group
  • Norm-referenced

Authored by Ron McGhee, Brian Bryant, and Stephen Larson Diane

The Test of Written Expression (TOWE) provides a comprehensive yet efficient norm-referenced assessment of writing achievement for students ages 6-6 through 14-11. The TOWE, which can be administered conveniently to individuals or groups of students, uses two assessment methods to evaluate a student’s writing skills. The first method involves administering a series of 76 items that tap different skills associated with writing. The second method requires students to read or hear a prepared story starter and use it as a stimulus for writing an essay (i.e., the beginning of the story is provided, and the writer continues the story to its conclusion). The TOWE provides an excellent source of writing samples that can be used independently in a norm-referenced assessment of writing or as a component of a student’s portfolio of written products.

Kit includes: Examiner's Manual, 25 Profile/Examiner Record Forms, and 25 Student Booklets.

A User qualification code classifies all tests. This test requires QUALIFICATION LEVEL A.

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A pack of 25 Profile/Examiner Record Forms for the Test of Written Expression (TOWE).


A pack of 25 Student Booklets for the Test of Written Expression (TOWE).