About This Chapter
ASSET Writing Skills: Writing Style - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter focus on strategies and practices for producing better writing. You can expect to learn how to improve sentence structures and develop stronger rhetorical writing skills. After you have completed your review, you will be prepared to take the ASSET Writing Skills test by having developed the following abilities:
- Selecting the right words to set the tone of your essay
- Understanding basic concepts of persuasive writing
- Using correct pronouns and avoiding pronoun shifts
- Outlining the steps to improve sentence structure
- Explaining methods of sentence embedding to avoid simple sentences
- Relating ways to write clear sentences
- Applying methods for avoiding redundancy
- Revising writing to achieve conciseness
The material in each lesson is presented with easy-to-follow narrative text and supported by simple examples. Each lesson is accompanied by a self-assessment quiz that employs the same multiple-choice format as found on the actual ASSET Writing Skills test.
ASSET Writing Skills: Writing Style - Chapter Objectives
The ASSET Writing Skills exam assesses your understanding of grammar, punctuation, style, sentence structure and organization. The Writing Style chapter addresses topics found in the style and sentence structure portions of the test. The sentence structure portion represents 36% of the entire exam, while the style portion reflects 6%-11%. The test contains three passages with 12 multiple choice questions each.
ASSET exams are used by community and technical colleges across the country to measure the knowledge and abilities of students within specific content areas. The ASSET Writing Skills exam is one of three Basic Skills tests, along with reading and numerical skills. The exams are used for student placement and advisement purposes only, and no required passing score is attached to these tests.
1. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay
In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.
2. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays
In this video, you will explore the basics of identifying your purpose and audience and learn how to use effective rhetorical skills in your persuasive writing.
3. Correcting Inappropriate Shifts in Pronouns
Pronouns are often a part of speech that are overlooked and misused. This lesson focuses on how to identify and correct erroneous shifts in pronoun use.
4. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure
Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.
5. Sentence Embedding & Expanding
Does your writing rely too heavily on simple sentences? Watch this video lesson to learn how to build more complex sentences using sentence embedding.
6. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences
Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.
7. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing
Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!
8. Conciseness in Writing: Definition & Meaning
This lesson studies the quality of conciseness in polished, professional writing, and offers examples of both proper conciseness and poor conciseness. This lesson explains how to improve conciseness while revising an early draft.
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