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Academic Writing

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  • 1. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt What is 'academic writing'? A technique to write balanced, accurate and professional assignments An old-fashioned way of writing How university professors write The writing you find in textbooks
  • 2. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt As long as you know your tutor, you don't need to use a formal style of writing. It's good to be friendly! Some tutors like you to be formal but some don't mind as long as you do the work. You only need to be formal in exams, not regular coursework. It's good to be friendly but always use formal English when you write assignments. Formal English is too old-fashioned these days
  • 3. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt Choose three words to describe academic writing: Talented, stylish, inspiring Precise, clear, objective Decisive, divisive, derisive Subjective, obscure, vague
  • 4. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt Contractions are: what happens when you have a baby when someone says the opposite to you when something is too narrow a shortened form of a word
  • 5. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt Which example is correct? However, the main reasons are time, money and cost. However the main reasons, are time, money, and, cost. However, the main reasons are time money and cost. However, the main reasons, are time money, and cost.
  • 6. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt Which is correct? They were effected badly by the incident The incident effected them badly. They were affected badly by the incident. The affects of the incident were bad.
  • 7. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt Choose the right one: It's bowl's empty. Its bowl's empty. Its' bowls' empty. It's bowls empty.
  • 8. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt 'Information on the internet is 'free'. Anyone can use it without having to reference it.' True False It depends on how important the assignment is. You only need to reference authors' work on the internet
  • 9. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt Scanning is: making detailed notes reading for an overview lying on the couch and watching tv, with a book nearby  reading for specific information

Academic literacy(ies)...

are often viewed pluralistically

have a meaning dependent on contexts of literacy

are sometimes defined as literacy needed to succeed in school

all of these

Academic language...

is a set of vocabulary terms used in schools

comes as second nature to native speakers, but is difficult for ELLs to acquire

is the linguistic register that students are expected to use in school subjects

  • 12. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt What is a claim?  a statement used to support or prove the thesis quotations from a source the analysis explaining the meaning of evidence  a sentence that grabs your reader's attention 
  • 13. Multiple Choice 1 minute 1 pt What is a evidence?  a statement used to support or prove the thesis quotations from a source the analysis explaining the meaning of evidence  a sentence that grabs your reader's attention 
  • 14. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt What is analysis?  a statement used to support or prove the thesis quotations from a source the explanation of the meaning of evidence  a sentence that grabs your reader's attention 
  • 15. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt What is true of the introductory paragraph?  ends with the thesis introduces the big idea of the essay starts with a hook all of these
  • 16. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt A thesis statement is NOT...  the main point of the essay the main argument of the essay a summary opinion + reasons
  • 17. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt What order do essays go in?  Introduction, Body Paragraph, Body Paragraph, Conclusion Body Paragraph, Introduction, Conclusion, Body Paragraph  Introduction, Body Paragraph, Conclusion, Body Paragraph Conclusion, Introduction, Body Paragraph, Body Paragraph
  • 18. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt What order to the sentences in a body paragraphs go in? Evidence, Explanation, Topic Sentence Thesis, Evidence, Explanation Topic Sentence, Evidence, Explanation Explanation, Topic Sentence, Evidence
  • 19. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt When do you use formal language?  In an academic essay. When you talk to a friend. When you write a text message.
  • 20. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt Credible or not credible?  Websites that end with .org, .edu, or .gov  Credible Not Credible
  • 21. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt What is the difference of writing essays in high school and at University? Writing additional 5 paragraphs Writing using elevated languages Writing academically Writing in English
  • 22. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt What does it mean to write academically? To write in order to pass final exams To write paper for scholars To write using proper English language To avoid copy pasting from the Internet
  • 23. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt Who are the scholars? Lecturers only Lecturers and Lawyers only Academic writers only Professors, Lecturers, Law students
  • 24. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt Why is important to choose a relevant topic? So that the topic will gain the interest of the academic community To pass Research, Writing and Drafting module To write something useful for the lecturer So that students can express what they feel
  • 25. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt What would the academic community look into? Proper grammar written in the essay A whole bunch of statistics and data Students' feeling and opinion Informed arguments written in the research paper

The following are processes involved in academic writing EXCEPT:

Posing a question

Problematizing a concept

Evaluating an opinion

Challenging the readers

Which of the following results may arise when one successfully underwent the process of academic writing?

The questions posed by the writer will be answered.

The problem raised by the writer will be clarified.

The writer can argue for an opinion or stand.

All of the above

Who are the target readers of an academic essay?

Parents, workers, teachers

Teachers, students, academic community

Students, out-of-school youth, government officials

None of the above

What are the purposes of doing an academic writing?

To settle, to negotiate and to inform

To defend, to challenge and to question

To inform, to persuade and to argue a specific point

To guess, to hypothesize and to make conclusions

Writing academic papers requires deliberate, thorough and careful thought. Therefore, what should one do to achieve a well-crafted academic essay?

One must depend on his/her own opinions alone.

One must conduct a research on the topic at hand.

One must not consult the Internet for unsure sources.

One must depend highly on the Internet for easy information access.

The term, "VERY OFTEN" may be improved using a more appropriate academic word which is:

An academic essay must use appropriate vocabulary words but not too pretentious, highfalutin words. Which among these words is the simplified version of the term, "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"?

beautiful; pretty

exquisite; one-of-a-kind

extraordinarily good; wonderful

hardworking; industrious

"VERY AFRAID" also means

"VERY LAZY" also means

topsy-turvy

"VERY BORING" also means

  • 36. Multiple Choice 45 seconds 1 pt What is a problem-solution paragraphs?   Paragraphs about personal opinion Paragraphs about a problem and some solutions to it a)  paragraphs about causes and effects
  • 37. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt What is the first thing to write in the problem paragraph?  The first problem Examples and reasons Topic sentence
  • 38. Multiple Choice 45 seconds 1 pt What is the function of the first paragraph for the problem-solution?  To give reasons and examples To give different ideas and examples To present the problem, effects and causes. 
  • 39. Multiple Choice 45 seconds 1 pt In the second paragraph, what kind of information should be given to the reader?  Solutions for the problem  More problems More examples and reasons
  • 40. Multiple Choice 45 seconds 1 pt In order to solve this problem,... Which paragraph starts like this?  Problem paragraph Solution paragraph Conclusion paragraph
  • 41. Multiple Choice 45 seconds 1 pt What is an essay? Paragraphs written about a single topic and a central main idea. A combination of ideas in many paragraphs  ideas develop into many paragraphs  
  • 42. Multiple Choice 45 seconds 1 pt What are the three main parts of an essay? The hook, the main idea and the conclusion. The introduction, the body and the conclusion. The topic sentence, the body and the conclusion.
  • 43. Multiple Choice 30 seconds 1 pt What is the purpose of the topic sentence? To give coherence to the paragraph. To help with the flow of sentences. To help the reader understand what the paragraph will be about.
  • 44. Multiple Choice 45 seconds 1 pt What is a thesis statement? Is the sentence that tells the main idea of the whole essay. It  the paragraph that presents the problems. Is the sentence that calls for action.
  • 45. Multiple Choice 45 seconds 1 pt Finish the sentence:  “A thesis should not……” only give facts about a topic. state your opinion spark interest to your audience
  • 46. Multiple Choice 45 seconds 1 pt Finish the sentence: “ A strong thesis statement should……. give facts. keep the reader guessing. clearly state the writer's opinion.

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You will be allowed 1 hour to complete two tasks in the IELTS Academic Writing test.

The two parts of this practice Writing test are presented on two separate web pages. Make sure you move swiftly from one page to the next so that your practice is as realistic as possible. If you prefer to work offline, download the test paper.

In the actual test you will do your writing in an answer booklet.

The total time allowed for the IELTS Academic Writing test is 60 minutes. Time yourself and allow just one hour to complete both parts of the test.

Task 2 contributes twice as much as task 1 to the Writing score.

Writing task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on task 1

  • write in a formal style
  • write at least 150 words

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You should spend about 40 minutes on task 2

  • write at least 250 words

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  • write at least 150 words for task 1
  • write at least 250 words for task 2
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  • write clearly in pen or pencil; you may make alterations, but make sure your work is easy to read

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What Is Academic Writing? | Dos and Don’ts for Students

Academic writing is a formal style of writing used in universities and scholarly publications. You’ll encounter it in journal articles and books on academic topics, and you’ll be expected to write your essays , research papers , and dissertation in academic style.

Academic writing follows the same writing process as other types of texts, but it has specific conventions in terms of content, structure and style.

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Academics mostly write texts intended for publication, such as journal articles, reports, books, and chapters in edited collections. For students, the most common types of academic writing assignments are listed below.

Different fields of study have different priorities in terms of the writing they produce. For example, in scientific writing it’s crucial to clearly and accurately report methods and results; in the humanities, the focus is on constructing convincing arguments through the use of textual evidence. However, most academic writing shares certain key principles intended to help convey information as effectively as possible.

Whether your goal is to pass your degree, apply to graduate school , or build an academic career, effective writing is an essential skill.

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Formal and unbiased

Academic writing aims to convey information in an impartial way. The goal is to base arguments on the evidence under consideration, not the author’s preconceptions. All claims should be supported with relevant evidence, not just asserted.

To avoid bias, it’s important to represent the work of other researchers and the results of your own research fairly and accurately. This means clearly outlining your methodology  and being honest about the limitations of your research.

The formal style used in academic writing ensures that research is presented consistently across different texts, so that studies can be objectively assessed and compared with other research.

Because of this, it’s important to strike the right tone with your language choices. Avoid informal language , including slang, contractions , clichés, and conversational phrases:

  • Also , a lot of the findings are a little unreliable.
  • Moreover , many of the findings are somewhat unreliable.

Clear and precise

It’s important to use clear and precise language to ensure that your reader knows exactly what you mean. This means being as specific as possible and avoiding vague language :

  • People have been interested in this thing for a long time .
  • Researchers have been interested in this phenomenon for at least 10 years .

Avoid hedging your claims with words like “perhaps,” as this can give the impression that you lack confidence in your arguments. Reflect on your word choice to ensure it accurately and directly conveys your meaning:

  • This could perhaps suggest that…
  • This suggests that…

Specialist language or jargon is common and often necessary in academic writing, which generally targets an audience of other academics in related fields.

However, jargon should be used to make your writing more concise and accurate, not to make it more complicated. A specialist term should be used when:

  • It conveys information more precisely than a comparable non-specialist term.
  • Your reader is likely to be familiar with the term.
  • The term is commonly used by other researchers in your field.

The best way to familiarize yourself with the kind of jargon used in your field is to read papers by other researchers and pay attention to their language.

Focused and well structured

An academic text is not just a collection of ideas about a topic—it needs to have a clear purpose. Start with a relevant research question or thesis statement , and use it to develop a focused argument. Only include information that is relevant to your overall purpose.

A coherent structure is crucial to organize your ideas. Pay attention to structure at three levels: the structure of the whole text, paragraph structure, and sentence structure.

Well sourced

Academic writing uses sources to support its claims. Sources are other texts (or media objects like photographs or films) that the author analyzes or uses as evidence. Many of your sources will be written by other academics; academic writing is collaborative and builds on previous research.

It’s important to consider which sources are credible and appropriate to use in academic writing. For example, citing Wikipedia is typically discouraged. Don’t rely on websites for information; instead, use academic databases and your university library to find credible sources.

You must always cite your sources in academic writing. This means acknowledging whenever you quote or paraphrase someone else’s work by including a citation in the text and a reference list at the end.

There are many different citation styles with different rules. The most common styles are APA , MLA , and Chicago . Make sure to consistently follow whatever style your institution requires. If you don’t cite correctly, you may get in trouble for plagiarism . A good plagiarism checker can help you catch any issues before it’s too late.

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Correct and consistent

As well as following the rules of grammar, punctuation, and citation, it’s important to consistently apply stylistic conventions regarding:

  • How to write numbers
  • Introducing abbreviations
  • Using verb tenses in different sections
  • Capitalization of terms and headings
  • Spelling and punctuation differences between UK and US English

In some cases there are several acceptable approaches that you can choose between—the most important thing is to apply the same rules consistently and to carefully proofread your text before you submit. If you don’t feel confident in your own proofreading abilities, you can get help from Scribbr’s professional proofreading services or Grammar Checker .

Academic writing generally tries to avoid being too personal. Information about the author may come in at some points—for example in the acknowledgements or in a personal reflection—but for the most part the text should focus on the research itself.

Always avoid addressing the reader directly with the second-person pronoun “you.” Use the impersonal pronoun “one” or an alternate phrasing instead for generalizations:

  • As a teacher, you must treat your students fairly.
  • As a teacher, one must treat one’s students fairly.
  • Teachers must treat their students fairly.

The use of the first-person pronoun “I” used to be similarly discouraged in academic writing, but it is increasingly accepted in many fields. If you’re unsure whether to use the first person, pay attention to conventions in your field or ask your instructor.

When you refer to yourself, it should be for good reason. You can position yourself and describe what you did during the research, but avoid arbitrarily inserting your personal thoughts and feelings:

  • In my opinion…
  • I think that…
  • I like/dislike…
  • I conducted interviews with…
  • I argue that…
  • I hope to achieve…

Long-winded

Many students think their writing isn’t academic unless it’s over-complicated and long-winded. This isn’t a good approach—instead, aim to be as concise and direct as possible.

If a term can be cut or replaced with a more straightforward one without affecting your meaning, it should be. Avoid redundant phrasings in your text, and try replacing phrasal verbs with their one-word equivalents where possible:

  • Interest in this phenomenon carried on in the year 2018 .
  • Interest in this phenomenon continued in 2018 .

Repetition is a part of academic writing—for example, summarizing earlier information in the conclusion—but it’s important to avoid unnecessary repetition. Make sure that none of your sentences are repeating a point you’ve already made in different words.

Emotive and grandiose

An academic text is not the same thing as a literary, journalistic, or marketing text. Though you’re still trying to be persuasive, a lot of techniques from these styles are not appropriate in an academic context. Specifically, you should avoid appeals to emotion and inflated claims.

Though you may be writing about a topic that’s sensitive or important to you, the point of academic writing is to clearly communicate ideas, information, and arguments, not to inspire an emotional response. Avoid using emotive or subjective language :

  • This horrible tragedy was obviously one of the worst catastrophes in construction history.
  • The injury and mortality rates of this accident were among the highest in construction history.

Students are sometimes tempted to make the case for their topic with exaggerated , unsupported claims and flowery language. Stick to specific, grounded arguments that you can support with evidence, and don’t overstate your point:

  • Charles Dickens is the greatest writer of the Victorian period, and his influence on all subsequent literature is enormous.
  • Charles Dickens is one of the best-known writers of the Victorian period and has had a significant influence on the development of the English novel.

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AI writing tools like ChatGPT and a paraphrasing tool can help you rewrite text so that your ideas are clearer, you don’t repeat yourself, and your writing has a consistent tone.

They can also help you write more clearly about sources without having to quote them directly. Be warned, though: it’s still crucial to give credit to all sources in the right way to prevent plagiarism .

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Writing tools that scan your text for punctuation, spelling, and grammar mistakes. When it detects a mistake the grammar checke r will give instant feedback and suggest corrections. Helping you write clearly and avoid common mistakes .

You can use a summarizer if you want to condense text into its most important and useful ideas. With a summarizer tool, you can make it easier to understand complicated sources. You can also use the tool to make your research question clearer and summarize your main argument.

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I avoid informal terms and contractions .

I avoid second-person pronouns (“you”).

I avoid emotive or exaggerated language.

I avoid redundant words and phrases.

I avoid unnecessary jargon and define terms where needed.

I present information as precisely and accurately as possible.

I use appropriate transitions to show the connections between my ideas.

My text is logically organized using paragraphs .

Each paragraph is focused on a single idea, expressed in a clear topic sentence .

Every part of the text relates to my central thesis or research question .

I support my claims with evidence.

I use the appropriate verb tenses in each section.

I consistently use either UK or US English .

I format numbers consistently.

I cite my sources using a consistent citation style .

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Duration: 60 minutes

The IELTS Academic Writing test is made up of two tasks. The topics in these tasks are related to areas of general interest and are suitable for test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. Responses to both tasks must be written in a formal style. 

Task 1  

You will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and present data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object, plan or design.  

Task 2  

You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. You will support your point of view with relevant examples from your own knowledge and experience. 

Summarising facts or figures from graphic information

In IELTS Academic Writing Task 1, you will be shown some visual information, a visual way to represent information. You may be shown one or more than one visual. This visual information can be shown as a: 

Table 

Chart  

Process 

Graph 

You will also be given instructions so summarise the information you see by selecting and reporting the main features you see, making comparisons where relevant.  You will need to do an information transfer task – the visual information you are given needs to be presented in the form of text. 

To complete the task successfully, you will need to: 

Write an introduction 

Write an overview (a summary of what you see) 

Present and highlight the key features with figures (data) 

You will need to write a minimum of 150 words and answers must be written in full, no bullet points or notes.  

Writing an essay

In Task 2 of the Academic Writing test, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, an argument, or a problem. Essays should be written in an academic, or semi-formal style. Topics are about relevant issues and focus on a particular aspect of the topic. For example, if the topic is about computers, the focus will be on a particular aspect rather than writing about computers in general.   

The task instructions give you information about the question telling you how to discuss the topic in your essay. You may be asked to provide factual information, outline and present solutions, justify an opinion or evaluate evidence and ideas. It is important that you complete the task carefully using relevant ideas and examples to support your position. Your ideas should be organised clearly, using paragraphs for each idea. You must write a minimum of 250 words.  

You are assessed on your ability to follow English essay-writing conventions to organise and link information in a coherent way using language accurately and appropriately to express your ideas and opinions.

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Identify the structural parts of an academic paper.

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Welcome to the Introduction to Academic Writing course! By the end of this course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of reading and writing as essential skills to conduct robust and critical research. This course introduces you to critical reading and writing skills within the conventions of academic writing.

In this course, you will learn to effectively communicate your research questions and findings to an interested audience using reading and writing skills. With writing being an important method of thinking, you will learn how the practice of writing allows you to arrive at complex insights about your research area and develop your arguments systematically. This course focuses on the process of developing an argument through the examination of claims and evidence. It also familiarizes you with the structure of academic writing, which will help you better grasp the process of reading academic articles and writing your research. Through a mix of presentations and practice questions, this course provides you with a solid foundation for approaching the process of critical reading and writing in your respective disciplines. It will also cover other writing genres that are relevant to you, including writing for popular media and policy briefs, allowing you to explain how the writing process differs in these areas.

Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing

This module introduces you to the genre of academic writing and its distinction from other writing genres by focusing on the structure of an academic paper. You will learn how to develop your arguments based on claims and evidence. Through a detailed annotation of a sample academic paper, you will learn the basic building blocks of making an evidence-based argument.

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  • Meet Your Instructor • 1 minute • Preview module
  • Course Introduction • 2 minutes
  • A Brief Introduction to Academic Writing • 6 minutes
  • Getting Started: Reading Abstract, Introduction, and Methodology • 13 minutes
  • Identifying Claims and Evidence • 12 minutes
  • Understanding and Deriving Claims • 12 minutes
  • Providing Evidence: Quotes, Examples, and Citations • 11 minutes
  • Conclusion and Overview of an Academic Paper • 11 minutes

2 readings • Total 40 minutes

  • Course Overview • 10 minutes
  • Essential Reading: Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing • 30 minutes

3 quizzes • Total 12 minutes

  • Introduction to Academic Writing • 4 minutes
  • Building an Argument: The Core of Academic Writing • 6 minutes
  • Structure of an Academic Paper • 2 minutes

2 peer reviews • Total 240 minutes

  • Synthesize Claims and Evidence in Academic Writing • 120 minutes
  • Determine the Core of Academic Writing • 120 minutes

Literature Review and Referencing

Literature review and referencing are two fundamental aspects of research writing. In this module, you will learn how literature review can help you assimilate insights from multiple texts into clear insights. You will discover that referencing is a technical requirement in academic writing and a crucial way to show the credibility of the evidence. This module focuses on the logic and place of literature review and citation in an academic text.

6 videos 1 reading 4 quizzes

6 videos • Total 63 minutes

  • Understanding the Literature Review • 7 minutes • Preview module
  • How to Summarize an Article or Argument • 11 minutes
  • Organizing Your Material and Building an Annotated Bibliography • 8 minutes
  • Making Connections and Building a Narrative • 11 minutes
  • Referencing and Citation • 11 minutes
  • In-Text Citations and Building List of References • 12 minutes

1 reading • Total 30 minutes

  • Essential Reading: Literature Review and Referencing • 30 minutes

4 quizzes • Total 42 minutes

  • Graded Quiz: Literature Review and Referencing • 30 minutes
  • Understanding the Literature Review in Research • 2 minutes
  • Skills to Build a Literature Review • 6 minutes
  • Referencing and Citation • 4 minutes

Writing Policy Briefs and Writing for Popular Media

This module introduces you to a different writing genre, which will enable you to communicate with a wider audience. You will learn about writing policy briefs and writing for popular media in the form of op-eds and blogs. You will gain insights into the useful guidelines for formulating arguments and thinking about diverse audiences.

5 videos 1 reading 2 quizzes 2 peer reviews

5 videos • Total 36 minutes

  • Writing for Popular Media • 6 minutes • Preview module
  • Working with a Sample Editorial • 10 minutes
  • Guidelines for Writing a Blog Post • 6 minutes
  • Writing Policy Briefs: Structure and Guidelines • 6 minutes
  • Working with a Sample Policy Brief • 7 minutes

1 reading • Total 60 minutes

  • Essential Reading: Writing Policy Briefs and Writing for Popular Media • 60 minutes

2 quizzes • Total 10 minutes

  • Writing in Popular Media • 6 minutes
  • Writing Policy Briefs • 4 minutes

2 peer reviews • Total 210 minutes

  • Explain and Analyze Policy Briefs • 120 minutes
  • Analyze the Core of an Editorial Essay • 90 minutes

Dissertation Writing

In this module, you will learn about the process of writing a dissertation. You will build upon the skills learned in the earlier modules and focus on the stages of dissertation development. You will learn how to arrive at a research question. This module discusses some writing guidelines for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.

5 videos 2 readings 4 quizzes

5 videos • Total 50 minutes

  • Stages of Writing a Dissertation • 7 minutes • Preview module
  • How to Find Relevant Research Material • 11 minutes
  • Arriving at a Research Question • 10 minutes
  • Analysis of Data and Chapterization • 12 minutes
  • Guidelines for Writing a Journal Article • 8 minutes
  • Essential Reading: Dissertation Writing • 30 minutes
  • Course Wrap-Up • 10 minutes

4 quizzes • Total 40 minutes

  • Graded Quiz: Dissertation Writing • 30 minutes
  • Initial Steps of Dissertation Writing • 6 minutes
  • Writing the Main Body of the Dissertation • 2 minutes
  • Writing a Journal Article • 2 minutes

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General Academic Writing MCQs

1. A bibliography or list of works cited should appear:

2. What is included in an APA-style in-text citation?

3. Which is a correct APA-style reference for the book 'Life of Pi'?

4. All of the following may appear as a section in a piece of academic writing EXCEPT:

5. Views that are in opposition to your own should be addressed:

6. What is a thesis statement?

7. Which section of an academic paper reiterates the paper's claim and may suggest its further significance?

8. What is self-plagiarism?

9. Which is a standard order for the sections of a piece of academic writing?

10. Which of the following can be properly presented in an academic work without citation?

11. While there are many acceptable structures for pieces of academic writing, all of them have in common:

12. The primary difference between an abstract and a thesis statement is:

13. Which of the following statements about plagiarism is true?

14. Which of the following is a form of plagiarism?

15. What is the best pair of descriptors for academic tone?

16. True or false: an academic argument is almost always strengthened when the author leaves out first-person pronouns.

17. What is the most appropriate structure for an academic essay?

18. Which of the following is an example of common knowledge that would not require a citation?

19. Where in an academic essay is the most common place to introduce the thesis statement?

20. Which of the following is an example of plagiarism?

21. Vocabulary should be selected in academic writing primarily for its:

22. What is an abstract?

23. If a novelist were to attempt a piece of academic writing, what changes in language and tone would she be advised to make?

24. What is the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement?

25. Which section of an academic paper describes the design of the experiment or study?

26. How should you address sources that disagree with your argument?

27. Which of the following could be plagiarized?

28. Which is most correct? 'The professor presented her ideas to the panel of her ____.'

29. From a style perspective, good academic writing should:

30. What type of academic paper should include a results section?

31. Which element is necessary to a strong argument?

32. Which are discouraged in many forms of academic writing?

33. What voice is most appropriate to adopt for academic writing?

34. Choose the most correct option for a piece of academic writing: 'The complete data of experiment results were ____ in the New England Journal of Medicine later that year.'

35. What is the best approach to using jargon or technical terms in academic writing?

36. Which section of an academic paper evaluates the current body of published work in the field?

37. What is deductive reasoning?

38. What is the relationship between a thesis statement and a topic sentence?

39. Which of the following is not included in an MLA-style reference for a book?

40. What is the primary difference between a Works Cited list and a Bibliography?

41. Which is most likely to be an effective strategy for avoiding plagiarism when researching?

42. Choose the best thesis statement:

43. When is it permissible to copy verbatim from a source without citation or quotation marks?

44. Which style of citation would be most appropriate for academic work in the social sciences?

45. The correct APA reference format in Academic Writing out of the following

46. In academics, a 'discourse community' refers to:

47. What is the in-text citation format for Harvard style of formatting?

48. Which of the following is an acceptable way to cite a web source according to the Chicago Manual of Style?

49. What is a difference between 'Works Cited' and 'References'?

50. What is the primary difference between the MLA and Chicago styles of citation?

51. Which is a quality of a good thesis statement?

52. All of the following are acceptable structures (in order) for an academic paper EXCEPT:

53. Is it appropriate to use the pronouns 'I' or 'you' in academic writing?

54. The practice of weaving pre-existing works into new ones is called:

55. What should distinguish an academic piece of writing from a general one, even if the author and topic are the same?

56. One significant difference between citation guidelines according to the MLA Handbook and Chicago Manual of Style is:

57. What is included in an MLA-style in-text citation?

58. The MLA and Chicago styles of citation are most commonly used in which discipline?

59. What is inductive reasoning?

60. Phrases like 'sort of,' 'seems to,' and 'may be' are classified as what?

61. Which is not a type of logical fallacy?

62. In an academic paper, a frame could serve to:

63. What is the logical fallacy that assumes the conclusion as one of the premises?

64. All of the following are acceptable ways to cite a passage in MLA format EXCEPT:

65. Use of the passive voice is sometimes advocated in which form of academic writing?

66. Under what circumstances might plagiarism be handled with criminal legal action, rather than handled within the institution?

67. True or false: an abstract is necessary in any extended piece of academic writing.

68. What are the three essential elements in the Toulmin model of argument?

69. Which of the following is not a variety of intertextuality?

70. An acronym describing a traditional order for an academic work, IMRAD stands for:

71. When presenting your argument, most important is:

72. The word is used as an adverb in sentence1 and as a pronoun ln senteThe following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use. Sentence 1: I want m poverty nor riches. Sentence 2: It Is diff‌icult to negotiate where gm will trust

73. The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use. Sentence 1: I want neither poverty nor riches. Sentence 2: it Is diff‌icult to negotiate where neither will trust.

74. Choose the correct option to change the simple sentence given below into a compound sentence. To his eternal disgrace. he betrayed his country.

75. Choose the correct option to replace the underlined part of the following sentence. The original census of the city exposed a population of more than a million people.

76. Choose the error in the following sentence. The four richest nations of the world have assets worth more than the collective assets of the seventy poorest nations of the world.

77. The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use. Sentence 1: Since that day, l have not seen him. Sentence 2: Since there is no help, let us f‌lnlsh these ourselves.

78. Choose the error in the following sentence. Many things have happened once I left school.

79. He is coming at this very moment. What are the words underlined in the sentence above examples of?

80. Which of the following sentences is an example of adversative conjunction?

81. Choose the correct option to change the active voice in the sentence given below into passive voice. The Romans expected to conquer Carthage.

82. The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use. Sentence 1: You cannot have it both ways. Sentence 2: Both the cashier and the accountant were late.

83. Choose the correct option to replace the underlined part of the following sentence. The nanny should not have been so casual as to leave the kid on his own for an hour when she had gone to the market for a personal errand.

84. Choose the error in the following sentence. The police claims that the number of accidents caused by teenagers have increased manifold over the last two years.

85. The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use. Sentence 1: They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins. Sentence 2: There is something pleasing about him.

86. On either side of the road next to the building. is a narrow lane. Which kind of adjective is the underlined word in the above line?

87. In the following sentence. which word denotes an auxiliary verb? Oh. do come to the wedding! It is going to be such fun.

88. The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use. Sentence 1: You are paying less attention to your studies than you used to. Sentence 2: He's adamant on the amount he's demanding for his loss. He won't be satisf‌ied with less.

89. Which of the following sentences uses an Intransitive verb?

90. Choose the error in the following sentence. The marigold that beautif‌ies so many Indian gardens is not native to Asia.

91. The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use. Sentence 1: More of us die in bed than out of it. Sentence 2: You should talk less and work more

92. He once met me in Cairo; I have not seen him since. The underlined word is an example of which of the following?

93. I expect that I shall get a prize. What are the words underlined in the sentence above examples of:

94. Choose the correct option to change the active voice in the sentence given below into passive voice. The audience loudly cheered the mayor’s speech.

95. Choose the error in the following sentence. stuck in the elevator for two days over the weekend. a packet of biscuits and an energy bar formed the basis of the employee's diet.

96. Change active voice into passive voice. The Governor gave him a reward.

97. The following sentences denote the same word belonging to different parts of a speech according to the way in which they are used. Choose the correct option that illustrates their use. Sentence 1: They are men of like build and stature. Sentence 2: We shall not see his like again.

98. Choose the correct option to change the interrogative sentence given below into an assertive sentence. Were we sent into the world only to make money?

99. Choose the error in the following sentence. She was greatly afflicted in the loss of her only child.

100. Choose the error in the following sentence. If you are positive about your role in the scenario, you would not mind going through a lie detector test in the case.

101. The case. which has a broken umbrella. is mine. The phrase underlined in the sentence above is an example of:

102. Choose the error in the following sentence. There is a dish commonly labeled as italian that actually has its origins from the middle east.

103. Choose the error in the following sentence. The school principal has taken the necessary steps to ensure that she is able to handle the needs of the job including joining a meditation center and spending time in social work.

104. She conducted the ceremony in a swift manner. The words underlined in the sentence above are examples of:

105. Choose the correct option to replace the underlined part of the following sentence. The renowned scientist has designed a very superior automobile that uses water as a fuel.

106. Choose the error in the following sentence. Poverty is a worldwide problem. many people around the globe are affected by it. and it deters the progress of world economy.

107. Find error in the sentence. Students with less problems in their family are likely to perform better than their peers.

108. The dog that bites does not bark. What are the words underlined in the sentence above examples of?

109. They rested when the evening came. The words underlined in the sentence above are examples of:

110. Choose the error in the following sentence. I have been waiting at his door for thirty minutes but there has been no response from him.

111. Choose the correct version of the sentence given below from the options given thereafter. Postures of those kind are bad for the back: the right kind of postures help you avoid back problems.

112. Which form of tense is the sentence given below? They have been building the bridge for several months.

113. Academic papers in the social sciences use primarily which style of citation?

114. Why is it important to paraphrase, and not direct quote, throughout a research paper?

115. How do you cite in-text references for multiple references to the same manuscript using Chicago citation style?

116. Please select the sentence that is correctly referenced.

117. Ethical academic research and writing is

118. When directly quoting, what must the writer include?

119. What is a DOI?

120. Please select the correctly quoted sentence.

121. Please select the option with the correct referencing.

122. What is the difference between in-text citations using APA versus Chicago style formatting?

123. What is the proper APA citation for a blog that has no author?

124. Which could be acceptable ways to use a non-academic source in academic writing?

125. Which could be acceptable as evidence for some but not all academic theses?

126. An education major, Ava, is asked to conduct a literature review on technology in today's classrooms. She found a source from the university's library database. Using APA rules, which citation is correctly punctuated?

127. Which show academically unacceptable orthography or punctuation?

128. Based on the image, what type of source is this?

129. Why can noun-noun phrases cause specific problems for readers of academic material?

130. Which sentence would most likely be found in an academic journal?

131. 'In academic writing, the introduction: i. Is situated at the beginning of the essay and is written before the body has been completed ii. Is situated at the beginning of the essay but generally written after the body has been completed iii. Introduces key concepts iv. Introduces what is going to be discussed v. Concludes what was discussed '

132. How should the references be listed at the end of a paper that uses parenthetical citations?

133. Linking words and phrases are an important part of academic writing as they help define the flow and connectedness of an author’s thesis. Each linking word or phrase has a specific intent. As such, what is the intent of using the linking phrase 'because of'?

134. Why is using the active voice more effective than the passive voice?

135. When writing an academic piece, what are some important questions to ask when considering your audience?

136. Which of the items in the list below can be considered as proper evidentiary support for a scientific article?

137. What is the first step in the academic research process?

138. Please complete the sentence. ...has been offered a job at the national orchestra.

139. Which is the most appropriate sentence for an academic essay?

140. Which research types can be considered as strictly quantitative research?

141. An introduction is like the 'first impression' of your essay and it also serves as a 'road map.' In order, what should an effective introduction include?

142. Following is a set of five scores: 8, 3, 10, 2, and 7. What is the median of the set?

143. Which is an advantage of mixed-method research?

144. Which choices list sections which must be part of all professional academic papers, in the correct order, but not necessarily all parts?

145. Which source is creditable enough to support a research-based claim in a professional piece of academic writing?

146. What is the meaning of the 'halo effect' when discussing research bias?

147. Which sentence has the best academic style?

148. Which factor does NOT determine whether an online source is reliable?

149. Which is NOT a correct rule for comma usage?

150. If you were writing a professional academic paper about a new algorithm in artificial intelligence, which of the following would be proper to do in the first body paragraph:

151. Which rhetorical techniques are acceptable in academic writing?

152. Which rule of survey writing is violated by the following questionnaire item: 'At which university did you obtain your degree?'

153. Which properly speaking, theories?

154. Which sentence display academically acceptable grammar and usage?

155. Which common collocations in the English language are used in academic writing?

156. What are collocations?

157. Differences between standard writing and academic writing?

158. When is a researcher allowed to modify data?

159. Which statement describe 'applied research' most accurately?

160. What type of language forms are not allowed in academic writing?

161. Using strong language in academic writing can be considered as _____.

162. In which part of the academic paper do you state your thesis statement?

163. Consider the following statement: 'Time spent studying causes a change in the test score.' What type of variables are 'time spent' and 'test score'?

164. In a normal distribution, what percentage of scores falls between one standard deviation below/above the mean?

165. Which research methods is associated with observation of participants?

166. Which action can be considered as plagiarism in academic writing?

167. An English student, Amelia, is asked to write her paper on the ways in which children's literature has evolved over time. She found a source from the university's library database. Using APA rules, which citation is correctly punctuated?

168. Which statement does not use colloquial vocabulary and is consequently most suitable as an academic statement?

169. If the researcher believes that observation and reason should be used as means of understanding human behavior, he has adopted the research paradigm of:

170. Which is a main difference between experimental design and non-experimental design?

171. Which aspects of grammar are commonly used when interpreting tables and graphs in academic papers?

172. What types of language forms are allowed in academic writing?

173. Which in-text citation is properly written for a direct quote in APA style for this source:

174. A researcher found a correlation coefficient of .38 between number of trees and air quality index in a densely populated residential area. What is the relationship between number of trees and air quality index?

175. Reporting weight in kilograms is an example of a:

176. Why is a semicolon (;) used in academic writing?

177. Which research types can be considered as strictly qualitative research?

178. Which is credible sources for academic research?

179. Recent developments in computer technology, such as advanced machine learning that focuses on constructing algorithms and learning systems,

180. Of these, which ones are typically viewed as more reliable, credible sources?

181. Which option is the best example of academic writing?

182. Which is the acceptable way to reference an unpublished academic essay?

183. Which topic have a narrow enough scope for a good academic paper?

184. Reliability in research means that:

185. What prompt would most likely include primary research?

186. Difference between primary and secondary research?

187. The image depicts a Google Scholar search related neurolinguistic programming (NLP). What dictates how the results are depicted after the search has been conducted?

188. While performing research for academic writing, your sources should come primarily from where?

189. Academic research includes: i. Only using data that proves a specific claim ii. Using primarily credible sources iii. Sticking to the topic iv. Acknowledging where you got your ideas from v. Gathering sufficient information to ensure the research is complete

190. What is the purpose of using a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal? Select all that apply.

191. 'Successful academic research comprises the following: i. A clearly defined topic ii. Well defined personal opinions about the topic iii. Obtainable data iv. Within your range of competency v. Ethics '

192. A student is assigned to write a research paper on technology's impact on education. Of the lists, which one would be good first steps to complete?

193. For what purpose is an Annotated Bibliography used?

194. The various duties allocated to the floor manager are:

195. Which is essential to the coherence of an academic paper? Select all that apply.

196. Choose which statement is correct regarding a Literature Review.

197. Which method cannot provide enough reliable sources to write a professional academic paper? Select all that apply.

198. Which source would be considered most reliable (one answer only)?

199. Which demonstrate(s) an acceptable way to cite something told to you during a conversation?

200. There are many considerations to take when determining a source's credibility and reliability. Which set of questions would be most helpful in determining a source's credibility and reliability?

201. If you were writing an academic paper on ‘Critical Thinking Skills in Adolescence’, which sources on the following image do you think are the most credible?

202. What is the purpose of a literature review? Select all that apply.

203. Which sentence correctly punctuated?

204. Which sentence best combines clarity, style, and acceptable pronoun usage?

205. The Reading Teacher, 67(6), 419-429. doi:10.1002/TRTR.1224 Of the options, which one correctly cites this source?

206. Which could be considered 'academic' writing?

207. Which sentence has the most similar meaning to the following: Angelo has won several trophies in running competitions. However, he was recently involved in a car accident, and as a result of his injuries he is required to wear a cast. Nevertheless, he is expected to win the race next week.

208. Which display(s) an acceptable use of the first-person personal pronoun in academic writing?

209. Based on the following passage, choose which subject best aligns with the expected diction used in academic writing. After analysis of the linear regression model, certain gaps in reasoning have been revealed. As such, they will alter future research models in several key areas.

210. Which sentence best fits within the academic writing context?

211. Of the groups of words, which one most accurately describes features of academic writing?

212. Which is closest to the meaning of the word “critical” in an academic context?

213. Which sentence contain word usage errors?

214. Which sentence show correct usage of the abbreviated Latin phrases?

215. Which display incorrect punctuation or orthography?

216. In the show, the character Bernard _ robots, unaware that he too ___ .

217. Which version of the sentence makes sense?

218. When do you set-off a quotation as an indented block of text in academic writing?

219. Which pair of sentences is organized with the first sentence using the passive voice and the second sentence using the active voice?

220. Which sentence shows the best placement of “only”?

221. Primary sources of information include

222. What is the essential purpose of academic reading?

223. Which is NOT considered to be a credible scholarly source for academic writing? (choose all that apply)

224. Why is it important to evaluate sources before including them in academic research? Select all that apply.

225. Which sentence demonstrates the correct usage of a semi-colon?

226. The researchers wore tin foil hats _____ were safe from alien thought control.

227. To create harmony ____ people from different cultures, it helps to cast differences as __ rather than in conflict

228. Which is correctly punctuated? Select all that apply.

229. Although few people know the difference between psychiatry and psychology, practitioners assert that psychiatry is directed towards medical treatment, and

230. Which compound-complex sentence is punctuated correctly?

231. Which display academically unacceptable grammar or usage?

232. Measles is a childhood disease that

233. Pick the set of words that completes the sentence correctly: “The medication _ patients __, making institutions _____ to further tests of their __.”

234. The first stage of the writing process includes ________.

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Compare & contrast essays examine the similarities of two or more objects, and the differences.

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Cause & effect essays consider the reasons (or causes) for something, then discuss the results (or effects).

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Academic experts to help craft VCE exams following recent 'stuff-ups' at VCAA

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Academic experts will be recruited to help avoid a repeat of embarrassing Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) exam mistakes that caused distress for students sitting their final Year 12 tests, the ABC can reveal.

An investigation into several exam bungles has uncovered a cultural problem at Victoria's Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), with change required before this year's exams are designed.

Last year's VCE exams were plagued with problems and confusing typos, with several errors in the maths and chemistry exams.

Six students were also given the wrong 2023 Chinese exam , which was leaked online.

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Some students were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement but details, including a writing prompt, surfaced on social media.

Victorian Education Minister Ben Carroll ordered an investigation into the series of “stuff-ups” in November and as a result, has not given the VCAA board a pay rise this year.

"That's based on a couple of reasons, this has happened twice now, these errors (in 2022 and 2023) … we have to do better," he said.

"A message is being sent from me as minister that it is unacceptable what these Year 12s went through … and we need to improve our standards at the VCAA."

Experts needed to proofread exams

The report into the exam blunders by the former head of the NSW Education Standards Authority, Dr John Bennett, is expected to be handed to the Victorian government next month.

But the ABC understands it will recommend the VCAA work with maths and science academics when drafting and proofreading exams, to improve quality control before the tests end up on students' desks.

"We are going to see a lot more academic rigour and integrity as part of the exam-writing process," Mr Carroll said.

"We need to bring more people into the tent that are experts in the field, to really help us with the writing of the exam and then go through a more rigorous process to ensure the exam questions are 100 per cent watertight correct."

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Mr Carroll said he plans to make Dr Bennett's report public and implement all recommendations.

"To the VCAA's defence, obviously these things are held very tightly because these are exams and it's a very serious process," he said.

"By and large there have been human errors, but I do believe we can bring in some of those experts in the field, to really help us.

"But it does go to the importance of the VCAA having really strong governance and structures in place."

Mathematician Marty Ross told the ABC bringing in academic experts was "long overdue".

"I've spent a long time looking at exams and the mathematics exams have been a problem for about 20 years," he said.

"There are a lot of things wrong with the VCE exams but the key for me was the lack of involvement with mathematicians in the process.

"It's a no-brainer for me; mathematicians shouldn't just be checking the exams, they should be involved in writing them too."

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VCAA forced to apologise to students

The VCAA last year apologised to students for the "undue stress" the exam mistakes caused and gave assurances "no student was disadvantaged" by the bungles.

"The VCAA acknowledges that the errors in the 2023 VCE examinations did not meet the standards of the organisation or of students and the community," a VCAA spokesperson said.

"The VCAA is actively working to ensure this year's examination processes are stronger and meet the high standards that we expect."

The authority said it had engaged fully with Dr Bennett and panel members, with the review's findings to be presented to the secretary of the Department of Education in March.

Thousands of VCE students received a bonus point after two errors in the second 2023 general maths exam.

The mistake also led to an apology from Mr Carroll, who said the experience was "traumatic" for students.

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But it's not the first time that exam bungles have been found.

A group of Monash University mathematicians told a Victorian parliamentary inquiry last year, mistakes had been appearing on VCE exams for almost 20 years.

The group wrote an open letter slamming the VCAA following mistakes in the specialist maths, further maths and maths methods tests in 2022, and called for an urgent overhaul of VCE exams.

"All five questions are unacceptably flawed. Each question exhibits some fundamental misunderstanding or misrepresentation of the underlying mathematics," the letter said.

A review into the 2022 exam mistakes completed by Deloitte found there was "room for improvement" in the language used in the exams, but there were no "major mathematical errors" within any of the questions.

In a parliamentary submission, Melbourne teacher John Kermond said student confidence was "severely undermined by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority's consistent errors and failure to acknowledge them".

"Students' lives are affected by these errors, the students deserve better," the submission said.

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For professional and hobbyist users alike, generative AI tools, such as  ChatGPT , offer advanced capabilities to create decent-quality content from a simple prompt given by the user. 

Keeping up with all the latest AI tools can get confusing, especially as Microsoft added  GPT-4 to Bing  and renamed it to Copilot,  OpenAI added new capabilities to ChatGPT , and Bard got plugged into the Google ecosystem  and rebranded to Gemini.

Also: Microsoft Copilot Pro vs. OpenAI's ChatGPT Plus: Which is worth your $20 a month?

Knowing which of the three most popular AI chatbots is best to write code , generate text , or help build resumes is challenging, so we'll break down the biggest differences so you can choose one that fits your needs. 

Testing ChatGPT vs. Microsoft Copilot vs. Gemini

To help determine which AI chatbot gives more accurate answers, I'm going to use a simple prompt to compare the three: 

"I have 5 oranges today, I ate 3 oranges last week. How many oranges do I have left?"

The answer should be five, as the number of oranges I ate last week doesn't affect the number of oranges I have today, which is what we're asking the three bots. First up, ChatGPT.

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1. You want to try the most popular AI chatbot

ChatGPT was created by OpenAI and released for a widespread preview in November 2022. Since then, the AI chatbot quickly gained over 100 million users, with the website alone seeing 1.8 billion visitors a month. It's been at the center of controversies , especially as people uncover its potential to do schoolwork and replace some workers.

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The free version of ChatGPT, which runs on the default GPT-3.5 model, gave the wrong answer to our question.

I've been testing ChatGPT almost daily since its release. Its user interface has remained simple, but minor changes have improved it greatly, like the addition of a copy button, an edit option, Custom Instructions , and easy access to your account. 

Also: How to use ChatGPT

Though ChatGPT has proven itself as a valuable AI tool, it can be prone to misinformation . Like other large language models (LLMs), GPT-3.5 is imperfect, as it is trained on human-created data up to January 2022. It also often fails to comprehend nuances, like it did with our math question example, which it answered incorrectly by saying we have two oranges left when it should be five. 

2. You're willing to pay extra for an upgrade

OpenAI lets users access ChatGPT -- powered by the GPT-3.5 model -- for free with a registered account. But if you're willing to pay for the Plus version, you can access GPT-4 and many more features for $20 per month.

Also: How to write better ChatGPT prompts for the best generative AI results

GPT-4 is the largest LLM available for use when compared to all other AI chatbots and is trained with data up to April 2023 and can also access the internet, powered by Microsoft Bing. GPT-4 is said to have over 100 trillion parameters; GPT-3.5 has 175 billion parameters. More parameters essentially mean that the model is trained on more data, which makes it more likely to answer questions accurately and less prone to hallucinations.

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ChatGPT Plus, which runs using the GPT-4 model, did answer the question correctly. 

As an example, you can see the GPT-4 model, available through a ChatGPT Plus subscription , answered the math question correctly, as it understood the full context of the problem from beginning to end.

Also: I tried Microsoft Copilot's new AI image-generating feature, and it solves a real problem

Next up, let's consider Microsoft Copilot (formerly Bing chat) , which is a great way to access GPT-4 for free, as it's integrated into its new Bing format. 

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1. You want more up-to-date information

In contrast to the free version of ChatGPT, which is limited to being an AI tool that generates text in a conversational style with information leading up to early 2022, Copilot can access the internet to deliver more current information, complete with links for sources. 

Also: How to use Copilot (formerly called Bing Chat)

There are other benefits, too. Copilot is powered by GPT-4, OpenAI's LLM, and it's completely free to use. Unfortunately, you are limited to five responses on a single conversation, and can only enter up to 2,000 characters in each prompt. 

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Copilot's Precise conversation style answered the question accurately, though other styles fumbled.

Copilot's user interface isn't as straightforward as that of ChatGPT, but it's easy to navigate. Though Bing Chat can access the internet to give you more up-to-date results compared to ChatGPT, I've found it is more prone to stall at replying and altogether miss prompts than its competitor. 

2. You prefer more visual features

Through a series of upgrades to its platform, Microsoft added visual features to Copilot, formerly Bing Chat. At this point, you can ask Copilot questions like, 'What is a Tasmanian devil?' and get an information card in response, complete with photos, lifespan, diet, and more for a more scannable result that is easier to digest than a wall of text. 

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All about the Tasmanian devil on Microsoft Copilot.

When you use Copilot, you can also ask it to create an image for you. Give Copilot the description of what you want the image to look like, and have the chatbot generate four images for you to choose from. 

Also: How to use Image Creator from Microsoft Designer (formerly Bing Image Creator)

Microsoft Copilot also features different conversational styles when you interact with the chatbot, including Creative, Balanced, and Precise, which alter how light or straightforward the interactions are. 

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Both the Balanced and Creative conversation styles in Microsoft Copilot answered my question inaccurately.

Finally, let's turn to Google's Gemini, formerly known as Bard, which uses a different LLM and has received some considerable upgrades in the past few months.

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1. You want a fast, almost unlimited experience

In my time testing different AI chatbots, I saw  Google Bard catch a lot of flack for different shortcomings . While I'm not going to say they're unjustified, I will say that Google's AI chatbot, now named Gemini, has improved greatly, inside and out.

Also: How to use Gemini (formerly Google Bard): Everything you should know

Gemini is speedy with its answers, which have gotten more accurate over time. It's not faster than ChatGPT Plus, but it can be faster at giving responses than Copilot at times and faster than the free GPT-3.5 version of ChatGPT, though your mileage may vary. 

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Gemini answered accurately, like GPT-4 and Copilot's Precise conversation style.

The previous Bard used to make the same mistake as other bots on my example math problem, by incorrectly using the 5 - 3 = 2 formula, but Gemini, powered by Google's new Gemini Pro, the company's largest and latest LLM. Now, Gemini answers the question accurately.

Also: Apple's new AI model edits photos according to text prompts from users

Gemini is also not limited to a set amount of responses like Microsoft Copilot is. You can have long conversations with Google's Gemini, but Bing is limited to 30 replies in one conversation. Even ChatGPT Plus limits users to 40 messages every three hours. 

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Google also incorporated more visual elements into its Gemini platform than those currently available on Copilot. Users can also use Gemini to generate images, can upload photos through an integration with Google Lens , and enjoy Kayak, OpenTable, Instacart, and Wolfram Alpha plugins.

Also: 6 AI tools to supercharge your work and everyday life

But Gemini is slowly becoming a full Google experience thanks to Extensions folding the wide range of Google applications into Gemini. Gemini users can add extensions for Google Workspace, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Flights, and Google Hotels, giving them a more personalized and extensive experience.

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