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Ch 10: Compass Writing Test: Organizing Your Writing

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A well-structured essay is critical for college success. Watch the video lessons in this chapter for numerous tips on organizing your essay for the ACT Compass Writing Essay Test.

Compass Writing Test: Organizing Your Writing - Chapter Summary

This set of lessons guides you from brainstorm to outline to complete essay, showing you a few different techniques for thinking about and creating a top-shelf essay. We'll cover critical essay-building skills in this chapter, such as:

  • Topic development
  • Brainstorming techniques
  • Building and working with an essay outline
  • Essay organization, including transitions, introductions and concluding paragraphs
  • Constructing the five-paragraph essay

Let our expert English instructors show you all the tips and tricks that go into writing a great essay. Our video lessons are chock-full of real-world examples designed to help you master essay-organization skills efficiently and effectively. Any time a question comes up, our instructors are ready to help, just ask!

Objectives of the Compass Writing Test: Organizing Your Writing Chapter

Many colleges use the ACT Compass tests to determine which classes are most appropriate for incoming freshman. You don't receive a passing or failing score on these tests; they're simply one way to determine which class level represents the best fit for you.

When it comes to the ACT Compass Writing Essay Test, you'll be given one writing prompt that asks you to take a side on a specific issue. You'll then craft an essay that summarizes your position. Depending on the college, you'll be assessed on either a 2-8-point scale or a 2-12-point scale. You'll receive your score shortly after test completion, sometimes directly after taking it. Many colleges will also recommend courses or tracks based on your test results.

Essay organization is one of the five key areas of your score, along with focus, content, style and mastery of grammar and mechanics. By watching the self-guided video lessons in this chapter and taking our assessment quizzes, you'll be better prepared to organize your essay in a coherent and easy-to-follow manner.

9 Lessons in Chapter 10: Compass Writing Test: Organizing Your Writing
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Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

1. Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

By following a series of tasks, making sure to decide upon our purpose for writing and tailoring the paper to our audience, we can write stronger essays and reports. Watch this lesson to find out how to do these things.

Developing the Essay Topic

2. Developing the Essay Topic

The backbone of any essay is a strong and engaging main idea. Learn how to turn an essay prompt into a well-developed topic by watching this video lesson.

What Is Brainstorming?

3. What Is Brainstorming?

You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

4. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.

How to Write an Outline

5. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

How to Organize an Essay

6. How to Organize an Essay

In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.

Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

7. Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

Ever read a piece of writing and simply not understand the message? Knowing the structure of the writing will often help you understand it. Watch this video lesson to learn about structure of writing.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

8. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

9. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

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