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Online Guide to Writing and Research

The Writing Process


The Final Draft

Congratulations! Finishing a writing assignment is something to be proud of. The final draft is what you will submit as your completed paper. By the time you write the final draft, your writing should look polished. Choppy sentences, poor or nonexistent transitions between paragraphs, grammar and spelling errors, and other characteristics of a first draft should all disappear. In addition, your final draft should incorporate comments you have received as well as changes you want to make based on your own evaluation.

Read Your Paper Aloud

Before you submit your final draft, you should read what you have written aloud all the way through at least once more. If you find something wrong with your paper at the last minute, try to correct it before you hand it in. Check with your instructor before making minor corrections on your final paper. If your paper has too many corrections, you know it needs another revision.

Assessment Checkup

At this point, you can use the following assessment checkup for your final draft. This checklist is shorter than the previous assessment during the drafting phase. You may, however, use either one to your benefit. Here, your evaluation should determine how well your writing assignment achieved its purposes. When your answers to all these questions are a confident yes, your final draft is ready to submit. Click on the tabs to see the assessment items.

Is the assignment complete?

Is the information appropriate?

Is the order of the information logical?

Are the introduction and conclusion clear and related?

Are the style and tone appropriate?

Are the sentences smooth and efficient?

Is the diction appropriate, concrete, and accurate?

Is the paper free of mechanical errors?

Is the assignment in the required format?


Key Takeaways

  • The final draft is the version of the paper that you will submit to your instructor.

  • Carefully check the format and presentation of the final draft to ensure that it is as error‑free as possible.

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