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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules
Course SummaryUse this study guide to review various writing concepts, such as sentence structure, persuasive writing strategies, grammar and punctuation, editing methods and more. These video lessons and short quizzes help you review this material and determine if you are ready to take the ASSET Writing Skills test.
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About This Course
This course addresses basic writing rules, strategies and components that will prepare you for and help you pass the ASSET Writing Skills test. Using the lessons and quizzes can help you better demonstrate proficiency in these writing topics. This guide provides an easy to follow and effective way to review material addressed on this exam, such as:
- Punctuation usage
- Parts of speech definitions
- Correct grammar usage
- Sentence structure
- Editing and organizational structure
- Effective writing strategies
- Persuasive writing habits
About the Exam
The ASSET Writing Skills test is used by hundreds of community and technical colleges in the U.S. for student advising and placement purposes. It is typically used once students have been accepted to a particular school. The test measures a student's understanding of basic writing concepts. It is paper-based and consists of 36 items: 12 multiple-choice questions following each of the test's three reading passages. The test is designed to be completed in 25 minutes.
ASSET Writing Skills Test Preparation & Registration
The video lessons in this study guide cover all areas you will be tested on when taking the ASSET Writing Skills exam. The lessons present short overviews and examples of such topics as comma placement, preposition usage, verb tense, effective sentence structures, essay writing strategies and rhetorical skills. Self-assessment quizzes accompanying each lesson provide you with the opportunity to measure what you have learned using the same multiple-choice format expressed in the actual exam. A handy timeline feature allows you to access only those parts of the videos where you need the most review.
Registration forms for ASSET exams can typically be obtained through the school you will be or are currently attending. A completed registration form indicating the date you wish to take the exam and test fee must be remitted to the school.
ASSET Writing Skills Test Scoring
ASSET exams offer three options: self-score, machine-score or software-based score. All scoring options provide a Student Advising Report, Educational Planning Report and Transfer Planning Report, which are sent to your school. The Student Advising Report includes recommendations for placement. There is no official scoring system set for ASSET exams. The Writing Skills test takes 25 minutes to complete.
ASSET Writing Skills Test: Mechanics
Total questions: 11
Exam topics covered: elements of punctuation and grammar
What you'll study: The chapters contained in these courses provide a review of the correct usages of commas, colons, semicolons, parentheses, dashes, apostrophes, hyphens, and brackets; the use of question and exclamation marks; subject-verb agreement; verb tense; possessive pronouns and contractions; and common grammatical errors.
ASSET Writing Skills Test: Sentence Structure
Total questions: 13
Exam topics covered: recognizing logical and mixed structure sentences
What you'll study: You can use the chapters in this course to develop a deeper understanding of the types of clauses, identifying a sentence's subject, using modifiers, avoiding mixed structure sentences, writing parallel sentences and recognizing sentence fragments, run-on sentences and comma splices.
ASSET Writing Skills Test: Rhetorical Skills
Total questions: 12
Exam topics covered: information about writing style, strategy and organization
What you'll study: The topics addressed in the chapters of these courses include paragraph structures, essay organization, creating effective thesis statement and topic sentences, using examples to support ideas, using reference materials, selecting the right words, building complex sentences, writing with clarity and conciseness, and avoiding redundancy.
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