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MTEL: Identifying Common Spelling & Punctuation Errors - Chapter Summary
When you take the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills exam you will be required to demonstrate the ability to spot and correct common errors and to write copy that is itself free of such errors. In this chapter our esteemed instructors help you to prepare for those portions of the exam with quick reviews of common mistakes which are likely to be tested on the exam. Specific topics covered here include:
- Common spelling mistakes and confused words
- Capitalization rules
- Rules for comma usage
- Periods, colons, semicolons, apostrophes, parentheses, and dashes
- Proofreading for grammar and spelling
This comprehensive study platform prepares you for the Communication and Literacy Skills exam and the types of multiple-choice questions you will find there. As you watch the videos, review the transcripts and worksheets and take the practice assessments you will become more adept at recognizing errors and how to correct them.
MTEL: Identifying Common Spelling & Punctuation Errors Chapter Objectives
The portion of the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam which focuses on spelling and punctuation mistakes is Objective 0009 in the Writing subtest, which contains 9-11 multiple-choice questions accounting for 10% of the Writing subtest content. You will also likely find related errors in the sentence revision portion, Objective 0010, where you will face seven sentence revision items worth 15% of the subtest. Take the writing and reading subtests separately or together, with four hours per testing session either way you do it. You must score at least 240 of 100-300 on their scaled score system on each subtest in order to pass the exam.
Complete online test registration on the MTEL website. There you can also review the schedule for score report publication and what to take with you or leave at home on test day.
1. Spelling Mistakes: Common Examples & Overview
Learn about some of the most common types of spelling mistakes and how to correct them. Read the lesson and take a brief quiz to test your new skills.
2. Commonly Confused Words in English
Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.
3. Capitalization Rules in Writing
Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.
4. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules
Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.
5. Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts
Learn more about comma usage from the pros! There are just too many ways to use the comma (it's a basic punctuation mark, after all) to fit in one sentence. Watch here to learn about some of the more common traps students fall into when trying to put commas in the right place.
6. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods
Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.
7. Apostrophe: Use & Examples
In this lesson, we will learn about the apostrophe and how it's useful to us. See a few examples of common apostrophe mistakes and learn how to correct them.
8. Apostrophes: Possession with Singular, Plural and Multiple Nouns
Confused about possessives and plurals? Don't know your from you're? Well, that's about to change! In this lesson, you'll learn just a few simple rules to help you figure out when to use apostrophes and why.
9. Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage
Parentheses and dashes are two different (but often confused) ways of setting off a chunk of information within a sentence - do you know how to use them correctly?
10. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar
Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.
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Other chapters within the MTEL Communication & Literacy Skills: Practice & Study Guide course
- About the MTEL Communication & Literacy Skills Test
- MTEL: Recognizing Common Grammar & Usage Errors
- MTEL: Determining the Meaning of Words
- MTEL: Understanding Main Ideas & Supporting Details
- MTEL: Identifying Purpose, Point of View & Intended Meaning
- MTEL: Analyzing Ideas in a Text
- MTEL: Critical Reasoning in Communication & Literacy
- MTEL: Outlining & Summarizing Texts
- MTEL: Organizing an Essay
- MTEL: Writing Effective Essays
- MTEL: Writing Focused & Impactful Essays
- MTEL: Analyzing & Revising Sentences