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Ch 1: Compass Writing Test: Punctuation

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Watch the online video lessons in this chapter and learn to use punctuation to indicate complete stops, pauses or a change of tone in your writing. Master the chapter's topics in preparation for taking the ACT Compass Writing Essay test.

Compass Writing Test - Punctuation - Chapter Summary

This chapter teaches the meanings of various punctuation marks. Prepare to take the ACT Compass Writing Essay test by discovering when to use these symbols in order to clarify your sentences and essays. When you watch these video lessons, you'll learn how to:

  • Use the basic rules of punctuation
  • Correctly place commas, semicolons, colons and periods
  • Avoid comma splices and sentence fragments
  • Use dashes, apostrophes, exclamation marks and parentheses correctly
  • Identify and use brackets, hyphens, ellipses and quotation marks

This chapter's online video lessons teach the above topics so that the material is easy to understand. You'll have opportunities to submit your questions to knowledgeable instructors and to consult the corresponding written transcripts. Take the self-assessment quizzes that follow each lesson. Master this chapter's material and you could be ready to pass the Compass Writing Essay test.

Compass Writing Test - Punctuation Objectives

The ACT Compass Writing Essay test will assess your ability to write a strong, organized and clear essay. It will also evaluate your writing style and ability to correctly punctuate sentences, use proper grammar and avoid confusion. It is used to determine which college-level courses you'll be placed in as a freshman. For this exam, you must respond to a writing prompt and state your position on a given issue.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Compass Writing Test: Punctuation
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What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

1. What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

To be able to clarify the accurate meaning of a text, the use of correct punctuation is necessary. Learn about the different punctuation marks and the corresponding rules for the use of each punctuation.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

2. 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. Learn how and why different punctuation signs are utilized in writing, including periods, colons, and semicolons, and discover how they help people make lists and connect words, phrases, and clauses.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

3. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

Well-written documents include well placed commas, but the correct usage of commas can be challenging. Understand the importance of commas and learn the basic rules for using commas to separate the elements of a series, separate adjectives, pause after an introduction, and separate text that includes quotation marks.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

4. Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

Commas are an important tool used to create well-written documents but can create confusion in clauses and contrasting sentence parts when used incorrectly. Learn about commas and explore ways to use them correctly and avoid confusion.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

5. Question Mark: Definition & Use

A question mark at the end of a sentence indicates that the sentence is an interrogative. Learn when to use a question mark and when to avoid using one.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

6. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

There are four major punctuation types that are used in literature, and it is important to know them and their uses: hyphens, brackets, ellipses and quotation marks. Learn more about their importance and proper usage in the English language.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

7. Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

The exclamation mark is a punctuation used at the end of a sentence to express strong feelings or give emphasis. Learn about the uses and examples of exclamation marks and when it is not appropriate to use them.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

8. Apostrophe: Use & Examples

An apostrophe creates contractions to indicate possession or the omission of letters or numbers. Learn how to recognize and use an apostrophe properly and how to avoid common apostrophe mistakes.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

9. Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

Parentheses and dashes can be used in a sentence to organize thoughts, offset non-essential information, or avoid run-on sentences. Learn how to correctly use parentheses and dashes for proper sentence structure and write in a way that's easier for the reader to understand.

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