- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 129
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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The purpose of this fast and flexible exam preparation course is to help you do well on the DSST Technical Writing test, available in computer-based or paper-based formats. Through a series of brief, easy-to-watch lessons and online self-assessments, you'll acquire the information and understanding you need to pass the DSST Technical Writing test and earn three transferrable college credits, accepted by many colleges and universities around the country.
The DSST Technical Writing exam course begins with a definition of technical writing, including its unique features and purpose, as well as the rules of communication. As you progress through the chapters, you'll study the different types of technical writing and the steps involved in the writing process. In particular, you'll learn how to write formal and informal technical reports, business reports, instructions and manuals. Information about cover letters, resumes, proposals and technical correspondence can also be found in this course.
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This course was last updated in 2019.
Syllabus and Course Information
The DSST Technical Writing exam course includes the same topics you'll be questioned on during the actual test. Lesson topics and self-assessments have been designed to help you become proficient in all aspects of technical writing. At the end of the course, you should be able to:
- Understand the goals, types and objectives associated with technical writing.
- Explain the importance of prewriting, editing and rewriting in technical writing.
- Identify the common elements found in technical writing.
- Discuss the roles of usability participants and testers in technical writing.
- Know how to organize and write business, formal technical and informal technical reports.
- Be able to structure and write cover letters, resumes and technical correspondence.
- Know how to organize and write instructional manuals and proposals.
This technical writing course does not have any prerequisites. However, knowledge and an understanding of basic English grammar and punctuation might be helpful.
The DSST Technical Writing exam course consists of 15 chapters and 118 video lessons. Video lessons are approximately 5-10 minutes in length and are followed by online quizzes. Use the lesson transcripts to read along or revisit some key writing points. Expert instructors are on hand to answer any of your questions, so you'll be ready for the final exam at the end of the course.
Technical Writing Exam Information
The DSST exam in technical writing been approved by the American Council on Education and is equivalent to a one-semester course, lower-division course in technical writing at a traditional college campus. The course might be used for general education requirements or as an introduction to technical writing before moving on to more advanced courses.
- Number of Questions: about 99 questions
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: Two hours
- Number of Credits: Three credits
- Exam Cost: $80 (some test centers require an additional sitting fee)
Business Mathematics Exam Breakdown
|DSST Exam Concept||Percent of the DSST Exam||Approximate Number of Questions|
|Theory and Practice of Technical Writing||20%||19|
|Purpose, Content and Organizational Patterns of Common Types of Technical Documents||30%||29|
Earn DSST Credit
Based upon recommendation made by the test developer, students who pass the DSST Technical Writing exam can earn three transferable college credits. By taking and passing DSST exams, you may reduce the number of months you spend in college, as well as your cost of attendance.
Study Schedule for the DSST Exam
The DSST Technical Writing exam course requires 12 hours to complete. As a self-guided course of study, it allows you to log on at your own convenience and learn at your own pace. Below is a table that can help you decide when you'll be ready to sit for the test. At the DSST website, you can find out which of the 1,200 test centers is the closest to you; your college admissions officer may also help you schedule an exam date.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|2 hours per day, 6 days per week||1 week|
|1 hour per day, 6 days a week||2 weeks|
|1 hour per day, 4 days a week||3 weeks|
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