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Course SummaryThis study guide prepares you for the NES (National Evaluation Series) Essential Academic Skills exam, which has replaced the NMTA test. You'll find engaging video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to boost your understanding of key writing concepts before the exam.
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About This Course
Use this course to get ready for one of three academic skills subtests required for teacher licensing in New Mexico. Illustrated video lessons and multiple-choice quizzes can help you review grammar and punctuation rules or revisit strategies for writing a response to an essay prompt. Listed below are just some of the NES Essential Academic Skills writing exam topics covered in this course:
- Nouns, pronouns and antecedents
- Verb tenses and types of verbs
- Subjects and predicates
- Adjectives, adverbs and modifiers
- Conjunctions, clauses and phrases
- Sentence types and structures
- Active and passive voice
- Organization of writing passages
- Common grammar errors and figurative language
- Word meaning and context
- Essay structure, writing style and writing strategies
About the Exam
The NES Essential Academic Skills writing exam is one of three subtests used by the New Mexico Public Education Department to assess the qualifications of aspiring teachers. This computerized test consists of 36 multiple-choice questions and one writing assignment to be completed over the course of a 75-minute testing session. Testing appointments are available year round at sites located across the country.
Preparing & Registering for the NES Essential Academic Skills Writing Subtest
This study guide's self-paced video lessons last less than ten minutes each and can be used to review essay writing strategies and grammar rules whenever it's convenient for you. The short lesson quizzes, chapter tests and practice final exam are also useful for making sure you have a firm grasp of course topics like comma usage, clause types, sentence structure and more.
Registration for the exam must be completed through the NES website. After selecting the state in which you're seeking certification, you'll be directed to create an online account. From there, you can sign up for a test date, select a testing location and pay for the exam.
Scoring the NES Essential Academic Skills Writing Subtest
Applicants for teacher licensure in New Mexico will need to earn a minimum score of 220 points. You'll receive test results approximately four weeks after taking the exam.
Writing Multiple-Choice Section
Responses to multiple-choice questions account for 75% of your exam score. In this part of the test, you'll be presented with a series of sample passages and asked to identify writing that has a clear purpose and effectively addresses the intended audience. The appropriate use of thesis statements, transitional phrases and supporting details are also addressed. Additionally, you should be prepared to correct sentence-formation errors and grammar and mechanics mistakes. This includes run-on sentences and comma splices as well as the improper use of punctuation, verb forms, pronouns, adverbs and adjectives.
For the writing assignment, you'll be given a prompt and asked to develop a well-organized response that includes plenty of relevant supporting details. Your essay should also use a writing style appropriate for your audience and be relatively free of grammar and spelling errors. Responses are awarded between one and four points, depending on how well you meet these objectives. The writing assignment accounts for the remaining 25% of your exam score.
NMTA is a registered trademark of the New Mexico Public Education Department, NES is a registered trademark of Pearson Education, Inc., and neither is affiliated with Study.com.
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