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Compass ESL: Writing Mechanics - Chapter Summary
This chapter will boost your writing in preparation for the Compass ESL test by identifying the types of mechanics that can be used to improve your writing practice. Follow along as our instructors show you how to develop key writing skills that you'll need for the exam, such as:
- Revising and proofreading your work
- Using word choice properly to improve your writing
- Developing tone, style, and point-of-view
- Capitalizing words properly
- Avoiding redundancy while writing
- Composing logical sentences to create strong writing
- Writing with phrasal verbs or idioms
Each video lesson focuses on a specific tactic, which means that you can follow along at your own pace or spend more time on certain topics as needed. Our videos are easy to follow and fun to watch, so you can enjoy the time you spend preparing for the Compass ESL exam.
Objectives of the Compass ESL: Writing Mechanics Chapter
The Compass ESL exam tests your knowledge of standard American English writing in order to place you in classes that match your level. This particular chapter covers topics that you'll find in the essay writing portion of the Compass ESL test, which is one of four parts of the exam. The quizzes you'll take throughout this chapter can be used to gauge your understanding of writing mechanics.
The essay portion of the exam will contain a writing prompt. You must provide a logical, well-written essay that has a clear point-of-view and is as error-free as possible.
1. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?
From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.
2. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View
Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.
3. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs
In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.
4. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons
Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.
5. Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept
Find out what 'editing for mechanics' means and how to apply it to your writing. Learn what to look for when you're editing for mechanics, and then take a quiz to test your new skills.
6. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar
Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.
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. Capitalization Rules in Writing
Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.
9. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)
Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.
10. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing
Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.
11. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing
It can be tough to practice your essay-writing skills on your own without a teacher's feedback. With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.
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