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Ch 3: Compass Writing Skills: Word Choice

About This Chapter

Learn about how to choose the right words with the lessons in this chapter as part of your preparations for the ACT Compass Writing Skills test. Quizzes give you the opportunity to practice making the best word choice for a given sentence.

Compass Writing Skills: Word Choice - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers words that are commonly misused in order to help you with making appropriate word selections so you can be ready for the ACT Compass Writing Skills exam. Our brief video lessons illustrate a variety of word choice concepts for you to study. Topics you will come across in the chapter include:

  • Synonym connotation and analogies
  • Establishing meaning with context clues
  • Knowing your audience

Review the videos throughout the chapter along with the accompanying lesson transcripts for a clear picture of how to choose the most fitting word. Going through the videos is made easy with the video tags for quick navigation back and forth.

Compass Writing Skills: Word Choice - Chapter Objectives

The ACT Compass Writing Skills placement test consists of multiple-choice questions aimed at addressing mistakes in text, including usage errors. The ACT Compass Writing Skills diagnostics exam assesses skills across numerous areas that include usage and verb agreement. This chapter's lessons prepare you for all the questions that require knowing the best word to pick.

6 Lessons in Chapter 3: Compass Writing Skills: Word Choice
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Understanding Words By Their Relationships

1. Understanding Words By Their Relationships

Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.

Selecting the Best Words for Your Message

2. Selecting the Best Words for Your Message

Workplace communication depends upon delivering messages effectively through the use of professional writing. It is critical to understand how to select the best words for your message.

Commonly Confused Words in English

3. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

4. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

Understanding the Tone and Voice of Your Message

5. Understanding the Tone and Voice of Your Message

Understanding the tone and voice of your message is critical to the overall presentation of your written communication. In business, the overall tone should be professional and courteous regardless of whether the message is positive or negative.

Connecting With Your Audience Through Writing

6. Connecting With Your Audience Through Writing

Connecting with your audience through writing is a necessity in the work place in order to garner the needed response. Investigating the audience's background and enabling certain steps will position your message to deliver the greatest impact.

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