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- Available Lessons: 92
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryEnhance your ability to take and pass the writing subtest of the VCLA by taking advantage of the study resources in this short course. Entertaining lessons, short quizzes and practice exams can ensure you're ready and able to answer writing questions you'll encounter on the exam.
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About This Course
In this self-paced course is a comprehensive overview of writing topics you could see on the writing subtest of the VCLA. This subtest, along with the reading subtest, is used in Virginia to gauge the literacy and communication skills of educators. Engaging lessons can strengthen your knowledge of punctuation, writing mechanics and style, the structure of essays, word choice and much more. Multiple-choice quizzes test your comprehension of the lessons you study, while chapter exams and a final exam offer a broader review of this course.
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Syllabus & Course Information
Get up to speed with every topic you can expect to encounter on the writing subtest of the VLCA using this engaging course. Once you've explored the lessons and taken advantage of various assessment options, you will be ready to address topics like how to write an outline, ways to connect with an audience through writing and how to support writing with examples and evidence. You'll also be ready to:
- Exhibit knowledge of brainstorming, categorization and additional ways to organize ideas in writing
- Share the meaning of tone, voice and other aspects of word choice in writing
- Describe an essay's structure, including the introduction, body and conclusion
- Discuss the use of nouns, pronouns, verbs and other aspects of grammar in writing
- Explain language facility concepts like parallelism, sentence clarity and subject-verb agreement
- Define and discuss active and passive voice, editing and other components of writing mechanics and style
- Detail how to use commas, hyphens, apostrophes, question marks and more in punctuation
- Summarize persuasive and informational texts
This course is composed of 8 chapters and a total of 81 entertaining lessons. By exploring the lessons, you can gain a complete understanding of important concepts covered on the subtest. Each lesson is paired with a multiple-choice quiz you can take any time to check your knowledge of key concepts. If you develop questions about any topics explored in this course, don't hesitate to submit them to our online tutors.
VCLA Writing Subtest Exam Information
The writing subtest for the VLCA is one of two subtests used to assess Virginia educator's communication and literacy skills.
- Number of Questions: 45 questions
- Question Type: Multiple choice, short answer, written summary and written composition
- Time Limit: 4 hours
- Exam Cost: $40 (single subtest); $80 (writing and reading subtests)
VCLA Writing Subtest Exam Preparation & Registration
Utilizing the fun lessons in this course makes preparing for the writing subtest of the VCLA simple. Our instructors present the materials in an engaging fashion that helps you easily and completely comprehend how to organize an essay, connect with an audience through writing, write strong transitions, proofread essays and more. Mini quizzes and practice exams gauge your readiness to answer questions related to these and other writing topics on the test. Use the Dashboard to keep track of your progress through this course, and submit any lesson topic questions you have to our experts.
Registering for the test requires creating an online account. Once you've created your account, you can choose your test location, date and the institution to which you want your scores sent. On the day of the test, arrive no more than 15 minutes late and present a current, government-issued ID printed in English. If you need to reschedule your test, the deadline to do so is at least 24 hours prior to your testing time.
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