Ch 2: ASSET Writing Skills Test: Parts of Speech

About This Chapter

Brush up on the basic components that comprise written language as you view these lessons on parts of speech. Facility in identifying and using them well will help you select correct answers to the questions on the ASSET Writing Skills Test.

ASSET Writing Skills Test: Parts of Speech - Chapter Summary

Distinguishing between and using the parts of speech correctly is one of the cornerstones of effective writing. The lessons in this chapter will give you the information and practice you need to increase your proficiency in this basic skill. You will review the material shown below:

  • Definition and uses of collective, plural and singular nouns
  • Definition and examples of pronouns
  • Verb types, forms and tenses
  • Definition, comparison and examples of adverbs and adjectives
  • Definition and types of conjunctions, articles and prepositions
  • How to use and classify gerunds

These cleverly-written and expertly-presented videos make even grammar fun and interesting. The lessons are quite short, but provide comprehensive and useful information, and the quizzes and chapter tests enable you to both review what you have learned and practice the skills you have gained. Use the timeline feature to move rapidly through the videos, and the dashboard to record your work.

ASSET Writing Skills Test: Parts of Speech Chapter Objectives

The purpose of the ASSET Writing Skills Test is to evaluate your abilities in the elements of written English, including grammar, spelling and punctuation, sentence structure and more. These lessons are designed to assist you in the Grammar section of the ASSET Writing Test. You will find six questions related to grammar on the test, which accounts for approximately 16% of the overall exam.

Overall, the ASSET Writing Skills Test has 36 multiple-choice questions. You will read each written passage and select correct answers to the questions that follow. The ASSET Writing Skills Test is taken using paper and pencil. Since its purpose is diagnostic, it is not scored as a pass or fail exam.

13 Lessons in Chapter 2: ASSET Writing Skills Test: Parts of Speech
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Singular & Plural Nouns: Definitions, Rules & Examples

1. Singular & Plural Nouns: Definitions, Rules & Examples

This video takes a look at how singular nouns are turned into plural nouns. Check it out to learn about regular and irregular plurals as well as important definitions, rules, and exceptions.

What Are Collective Nouns?

2. What Are Collective Nouns?

In this lesson, you'll find out what collective nouns are as well as how to ensure that you're using the right verbs and pronouns in sentences that contain them.

What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

3. What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition

In this lesson, we'll learn about pronouns in general, and take a look at two types of personal pronouns: subjective case and objective case pronouns. Knowing which case of pronoun you'll need can help you avoid common pronoun errors.

Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

4. Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

Do you think that a verb is just a verb? Check out this lesson to learn about the differences among action verbs, linking verbs, and auxiliary/helping verbs.

Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

5. Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

Using verbs correctly involves knowing more than just how to express action in a sentence. This lesson will show you a few special types of verb forms - infinitives, present participles, and past participles - as well as how to use them.

What are Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

6. What are Adjectives? - Definition & Examples

Adjectives are what give detail and engage the senses in our writing. This lesson defines and illustrates adjectives and descriptive detail in writing and speaking. Nouns and verbs are briefly reviewed.

What are Adverbs? - Definition & Examples

7. What are Adverbs? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what adverbs are and how they can be used to make your writing more interesting. You'll also take a look at some examples of adverbs and how they work in sentences.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

8. Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

Adjectives and adverbs are descriptive words that allow our sentences to be much more specific and interesting than they would be without them. This lesson covers the rules for using adjectives and adverbs correctly, including those used in comparisons.

Conjunction: Definition & Writing Examples

9. Conjunction: Definition & Writing Examples

Why do we need conjunctions? How are they useful in our writing? Read this lesson to unearth the answers to these questions and to discover the conjunction in a whole new way.

Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative

10. Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative

Conjunctions are parts of speech that join together other words, phrases and clauses in sentences. Learn all about two types of conjunctions - coordinating and correlative - in this lesson.

What is a Preposition? - Definition, Uses & Examples

11. What is a Preposition? - Definition, Uses & Examples

Prepositions are essential to sentences because they provide additional and necessary details. In this lesson, we will explore the definition and roles of the preposition.

Gerunds: Are They Verbs? Are They Nouns?

12. Gerunds: Are They Verbs? Are They Nouns?

Take a closer look at the verbs and nouns we use in everyday language to help you understand gerunds. Watch this video lesson to learn the exact nature of gerunds and their purpose in writing.

Indefinite and Definite Articles: Definition and Examples

13. Indefinite and Definite Articles: Definition and Examples

Watch this video lesson on indefinite and definite articles. Find out when you should use which type of article and when you shouldn't use any article at all.

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