Students have no hope on standardized essay tests if they don't understand the prompt! Use this simple handout to teach and practice the TAPE prompt dissection technique. TAPE stands for: TOPIC, AUDIENCE, PURPOSE, and ESSAY FORMAT. The handout walks students through the prompt dissection and explains all the different parts. Students at all upper grade levels, and even many elementary grade levels, can benefit from this exercise. Once they understand what they are writing about, they can begin writing an effective essay. This will help with the focus, purpose and organization of their essay.