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Table 6 Functional Moves of the SoP corpora

From: Disciplinary variations in academic promotional writing: the case of statements of purpose

  The Arts Division The Science Division
Arts Business Social Science Engineering Science
Move 1: Introduction (106/120) 17 18 20 16 20
 Step 1-A: Generalization/Attention catcher 8 9 5 10 8
 Step 1-B: Background 12 8 10 10 13
 Step 1-C: Goals or decisions to applying 6 10 11 10 9
Move 2: Establishing credential (120/120) 20 20 20 20 20
 Step 2-A: Education background 20 17 15 17 18
 Step 2-B: Research experience 9 11 11 17 20
 Step 2-C: Work experience 12 14 10 9 6
 Step 2-D: Personal attributes 5 7 6 10 1
 Step 2-E: Other experience 13 17 13 8 6
Move 3: Reasons for applying (117/120) 20 20 20 19 18
 Step 3-A: Gap in applicant background 9 9 6 7 3
 Step 3-B: Positive gains 11 16 9 10 4
 Step 3-C: Program/university attributes 17 12 17 16 17
 Step 3-D: Disciplinary and research reasons 9 7 11 13 15
Move 4: Conclusion (105/120) 17 18 19 19 16
 Step 4-A: Goals/predictions of future 7 10 11 10 9
 Step 4-B: Self-evaluation 8 9 7 13 6
 Step 4-C: Final appeal 13 9 11 5 10