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 prepared to answer writing questions on the test.
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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. Engaging lessons can strengthen your knowledge of punctuation, 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. Taking advantage of these study resources can help you better understand topics that include:
- Brainstorming, categorization and additional ways to organize ideas in writing
- Tone, voice and other aspects of word choice in writing
- Essay structure, including the introduction, body and conclusion
- Use of nouns, pronouns, verbs and other aspects of grammar in writing
- Language facility concepts like parallelism, sentence clarity and subject-verb agreement
- Active and passive voice, editing and other components of writing mechanics and style
- Use of commas, hyphens, apostrophes, question marks and more in punctuation
- How to summarize persuasive and informational texts
About the Exam
The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) is used to gauge the communication and literacy skills of Virginia educators. This test is computer-based and divided into two subtests: writing and reading. The writing subtest consists of 40 multiple-choice items, 3 short-answer items, 1 written summary assignment and 1 written composition assignment. The total time allotted for testing is 4 hours.
Passing the writing subtest requires a minimum score of 235 if taken individually or 470 if taken with the reading subtest. Score reports are released within 10 business days of the test date. The test is available year round, by appointment, Monday through Saturday, at sites in Virginia and nationwide.
VCLA Writing Subtest 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.
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment® (VCLA™) is a registered trademark of Pearson Education, Inc., which is not affiliated with Study.com.
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