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ASSET Writing Skills: Punctuation - Chapter Summary
Use the lessons in this chapter to go over the correct uses of various punctuation marks. You will have the opportunity to review definitions and examples to facilitate the learning experience. Once you have established a thorough understanding of these topics, you will be able to display the following and correctly answer questions on the ASSET Writing Skills test:
- Relating the correct usage of commas
- Understanding how commas can be used incorrectly
- Explaining the use of periods, colons and semicolons
- Describing the use of ellipses and dashes
- Knowing when to use parentheses and dashes to set off information
- Defining the apostrophe and its uses
- Using the question mark and exclamation mark
- Summarizing the use of hyphens, quotations marks and brackets
Each lesson contains detailed explanations that are supported by examples to make learning this material easy and fun. Quizzes accompanying the lessons are used to gauge your understanding of the topics using the same multiple-choice format you will see on the actual ASSET Writing Skills test.
ASSET Writing Skills: Punctuation Chapter Objectives
The Punctuation chapter addresses the correct usage of punctuation marks and explains ways in which students might use punctuation incorrectly. You will find one portion of the ASSET Writing Skills test devoted to punctuation questions. This portion reflects 14% of the entire test, which also contains sections addressing grammar, sentence structure, organization, writing style and mechanics. The test is paper-based and consists of three reading passages followed by multiple-choice questions.
ASSET exams are student placement and advisement exams utilized by hundreds of community and technical colleges across the country. The ASSET Writing Skills exam is one of three Basic Skills tests; the other two exams test students on reading and numerical skills. While the tests are scored, there is no established failing or passing grades as the results are used for placement purposes only.
1. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules
Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.
2. Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts
Learn more about comma usage from the pros! There are just too many ways to use the comma (it's a basic punctuation mark, after all) to fit in one sentence. Watch here to learn about some of the more common traps students fall into when trying to put commas in the right place.
3. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods
Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.
4. The Purposes of the Ellipsis and Dashes
In this lesson, we will learn when and how to use ellipses, en dashes and em dashes. These can be used to indicate a pause or a break in text. Ellipses can also be used to indicate an omission of text.
5. Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage
Parentheses and dashes are two different (but often confused) ways of setting off a chunk of information within a sentence - do you know how to use them correctly?
6. Apostrophe: Use & Examples
In this lesson, we will learn about the apostrophe and how it's useful to us. See a few examples of common apostrophe mistakes and learn how to correct them.
7. Question Mark: Definition & Use
A question mark (?) is a form of punctuation placed at the end of a sentence. Its main purpose is to specify a query or question. In this lesson, we will take a look at when you should and should not use a question mark in your writing.
8. Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning
The exclamation mark (!), also called the exclamation point, is a form of punctuation that is sometimes used at the end of a single word, phrase or complete sentence. Its goal is to express an extremely strong and intense statement.
9. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks
Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.
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