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How WPP Works:
After reviewing the grade-specific stimulus-based or non-stimulus prompt, students have the option to complete a prewriting exercise or begin writing their essay. Once students submit their essays, a score is instantly displayed that assesses their essay, provides feedback for each rubric trait, and directs students to appropriate tutorials that are customized based on their needs. After reviewing tutorials, students have the option to return to their original essay, revise it, and resubmit it for a new score, or select a different prompt altogether.