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Survey: Many workers' writing skills not up to snuff
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NEW YORK Many American workers don't have the "write" stuff -- and that's spelled W-R-I-T-E.

In a survey, most employers said that about a third of workers don't have the writing skills required by their positions. Many bosses say given the demands of e-mail, reports and presentations, writing clearly and accurately is more important that ever -- but some employees aren't up to the task.

The survey was done by the College Board's National Commission on Writing. The College Board administers the S-A-T and other tests, and says the responsibility for good writing lies with grade schools and universities -- though training is another potential solution. The survey found that more than 40 percent of companies already provide or require writing training for salaried employees who need it.

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