Ch 1: Compass Writing Test: Punctuation

About This Chapter

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

In this lesson, we'll find out what punctuation is. We'll then learn some rules for using the most common punctuation marks as well as review sample sentences utilizing the punctuation rules.

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. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

3. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

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

Learn more about comma usage from the pros! There are just too many ways to use the comma (it's a basic punctuation mark, after all) to fit in one sentence. Watch here to learn about some of the more common traps students fall into when trying to put commas in the right place.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

5. Question Mark: Definition & Use

A question mark (?) is a form of punctuation placed at the end of a sentence. Its main purpose is to specify a query or question. In this lesson, we will take a look at when you should and should not use a question mark in your writing.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

6. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

7. Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

The exclamation mark (!), also called the exclamation point, is a form of punctuation that is sometimes used at the end of a single word, phrase or complete sentence. Its goal is to express an extremely strong and intense statement.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

8. Apostrophe: Use & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the apostrophe and how it's useful to us. See a few examples of common apostrophe mistakes and learn how to correct them.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

9. Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

Parentheses and dashes are two different (but often confused) ways of setting off a chunk of information within a sentence - do you know how to use them correctly?

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