Well as seeing how my Reading Comprehension, Language Arts, and Math scores all seem to run the same and my Essays get a 1, 2, 3, or 4 and not a 5 or 6, I decided to really concentrate on my Essay writing skills. Since I've been out of school for 4 years or so, I decided to register for ENG 104 (Individual Writing) and meet with a tutor at the local community college once a week for an hour. I feel quite confident and have been having my tutor constantly rate my essays. I've gone from a 2 to a 6 with 4s and 5s being the bulk of where my writing is at. My tutor said she allowed an hour for the Essay and the 4 remaining hours for the rest of the test. She said she felt she would've been better off with an hour and a half for the Essay portion so told me I should consider an hour and a half for myself. Normally, I'd only have about 10 to 25 minutes for an Essay because I was so slow at everything else. This is my 4th attempt with the IBST (Illinois Basic Skills Test) and my 5th time total for a Basic Skills Test if you count the PRAXIS. God knows I've spent a lot of money trying to pass a Basic Skills Test and really don't want to spend any more. So if ENG 104 doesn't help me this time, I don't know what I'll do. I've already been through the Basic Skills Test prep at the local CC. So going through that again would be kind of awkward. Guess I could audit ENG 121 (English Comp I) if ENG 104 fails, but hopefully it won't. WISH ME LUCK! I'll actually be travelling to the test site with one of my uncles who's taking a content test in CIS. Not to mention, my mother. She wants to take the Basic Skills Test too! So, it looks like my test date will turn into a lovely family outing as well.