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Writer Profiles

Belle was an 18-year-old college freshman when the study was conducted. Although Belle was majoring in biology, she said she enjoyed writing and that she enjoyed it even more when she could use a computer. She received a B+ for her freshman composition course, a course in which the Andrew system was used for writing. She had been using a computer for writing since her sophomore year in high school, and she had been using the Andrew system for writing for about 6 months. She seemed equally facile with both media, reflected in the fact that she composed at virtually the same rate ( 12.5 words per minute) in both conditions. With pen and paper, Belle wrote an essay that was 500 words long. Her computer essay was 438 words long.