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Compass Writing Test: Sentence Type - Chapter Summary
A firm grasp of sentence construction is critical if you're preparing for the Compass Writing Essay Test. In this chapter, we'll take a closer look at the following topics:
- Differentiating between complete sentences and fragments
- Identifying and joining compound sentences
- When to use exclamatory sentences
- Avoiding run-on sentences
Our top-notch English instructors will guide you through each of these topics with real-world examples and easy-to-follow explanations. Short quizzes can be taken at the conclusion of each lesson.
Objectives of the Compass Writing Test: Sentence Type Chapter
The ACT Compass test helps colleges determine which classes or educational tracks best match your knowledge base as a new college freshman. There are five ACT Compass tests that may be administered: Reading, Writing Skills, Writing Essay, Mathematics and English as a Second Language. In the Writing Essay test, you'll be given a writing prompt and asked to define your position on a topical issue.
There is no time limit for this test or any of the other ACT Compass tests, and you'll be presented with a score right after the test is complete. There isn't necessarily a passing score, and you'll be assessed on either a 2-8-point scale or a 2-12-point scale, depending on your school. Along with your score, you'll receive course recommendations that match your writing skill level.
Our video lessons in this ACT Compass Writing chapter can help you construct grammatically correct sentences, while avoiding pitfalls like comma splicing and run-on structures. Sentence use and construction are both key considerations for your test score, and stronger sentence-related skills may lead to a higher score.
1. Complete Sentence: Examples & Definition
Although it seems simple, writing in complete sentences is a necessity that can trip up even seasoned writers. In this lesson, we will examine how to write in a complete sentence and why it is so important.
2. What is a Compound Sentence? - Examples & Definition
In this lesson, we'll cover compound sentences and how to create them by joining two or more independent clauses together. Compound sentences differ from other sentence types, and if you leave out their joining elements, you turn them into run-on sentences. After you review the lesson, you can test your knowledge of compound sentences with a quiz.
3. Exclamatory Sentence: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn how types of sentences express specific meanings. In particular, we'll learn about exclamatory sentences and go over examples to demonstrate their importance.
4. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences
Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences are grammatical and stylistic bugs that can seriously derail an otherwise polished academic paper. Learn how to identify and eliminate these errors in your own writing here.
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Other chapters within the ACT Compass Writing Essay Test: Practice & Study Guide course
- Compass Writing Test: Punctuation
- Compass Writing Test: Spelling & Capitalization
- Compass Writing Test: Nouns
- Compass Writing Test: Pronouns & Antecedents
- Compass Writing Test: Verbs, Adjectives & Adverbs
- Compass Writing Test: Modifiers & Clauses
- Compass Writing Test: Errors in Grammar Usage
- Compass Writing Test: Sentence Structure
- Compass Writing Test: Organizing Your Writing
- Compass Writing Test: Writing Strategy
- Compass Writing Test: Writing Style
- Compass Writing Test: Rhetorical Devices
- Compass Writing Test: Using Source Materials