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Ch 3: PSAT Writing: Sentence Clarity and Structure

About This Chapter

In this Sentence Clarity and Structure chapter, you will explore how to effectively construct clear, impactful sentences for an essay and learn how to identify common structural mistakes. These lessons can help you prepare to write a strong essay on the PSAT Writing test.

PSAT Writing: Sentence Clarity and Structure - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors illustrate how to construct logical, coherent sentences and compile them into a well-written essay for the PSAT Writing test. You will discover the importance of identifying sentence fragments, run-on sentences and comma splices. This chapter will also discuss how to avoid structural mistakes and faulty comparisons. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Write clear and logical sentences
  • Identify the subject of a sentence
  • Improve your sentence structure
  • Understand mixed structure sentences
  • Structure sentences in an essay
  • Identify complete and incomplete sentences
  • Avoid fragments and run-on sentences

We use short, engaging video lessons to simplify the learning process. In addition to the video lessons, which are taught by professional instructors, you'll find self-assessment quizzes and lesson transcripts for each video. If you want to revisit a main point without re-watching the entire video lesson, you'll also find video tags in the Timeline that you can use to quickly access that information. To keep you organized, you can track your progress through the course from the Dashboard.

PSAT Writing: Sentence Clarity and Structure Chapter Objectives

The PSAT Writing test is combined with the Language test and assesses your knowledge of structural writing conventions and reading comprehension. All of the questions on the exam are multiple-choice, requiring you to first read a passage before answering a short series of questions about what you've read. For the writing portion of the test, students are tested on their understanding of formal English grammar and sentence structure.

The lessons in this chapter guide you in developing strategies to identify the grammatical elements of texts you'll encounter on the exam. The self-assessment quizzes available with each lesson not only let you test your understanding of the information covered but introduce you to the types of questions you'll find on the actual exam.

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: PSAT Writing: Sentence Clarity and Structure
Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

1. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

2. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

3. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.

How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

4. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.

Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

5. Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

A common error occurs whenever a writer uses wording that suggests that a lot of people own or use just one thing, when really they all own or use their own separate things. This video will explain how to identify and fix this type of error.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

6. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

Complete and Incomplete Sentences: Examples & Overview

7. Complete and Incomplete Sentences: Examples & Overview

Writing complete sentences is essential to clear communication. In this lesson, we will look at how to write a complete sentence and analyze common errors students tend to make.

Run On Sentences: Examples & Corrections

8. Run On Sentences: Examples & Corrections

Find out what run-on sentences are and how they can interfere with your writing. Learn about the different types of run-on sentences and how to correct them with punctuation, coordinators and subordinators.

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