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Compass Writing Test - Spelling and Capitalization - Chapter Summary
This chapter explains why certain words must be capitalized and it will teach you to recognize some common mistakes in spelling. As you prepare for the ACT Compass Writing Essay test, the chapter will help you to:
- Understand grammar and capitalization techniques
- Identify which words in sentences should be capitalized
- Distinguish between words and word groups that are often confusing
- Make the distinction between words that sound alike but are spelled differently or have different meanings
You can either watch the animated video lessons in this chapter or read the corresponding text transcripts. Each is presented by a knowledgeable instructor who will answer your spelling and capitalization questions as you submit them. Test your knowledge of the chapter's material by taking the self-assessment quizzes and the practice chapter examination.
Compass Writing Test - Spelling and Capitalization Objectives
Spelling and capitalization will be assessed through the essay you write for the ACT Compass Writing Essay test. The essay test gives you a writing prompt and asks you to formulate a response. You'll be assessed on your ability to write clearly, organize your writing and support your position. Your score will also be determined by your ability to use proper grammar, spell words correctly and follow capitalization rules. The test will determine your placement in college English classes as an incoming freshman.
1. Capitalization Rules in Writing
Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.
2. 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.
3. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)
Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.
4. Spelling Mistakes: Common Examples & Overview
Learn about some of the most common types of spelling mistakes and how to correct them. Read the lesson and take a brief quiz to test your new skills.
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Other chapters within the ACT Compass Writing Essay Test: Practice & Study Guide course
- Compass Writing Test: Punctuation
- 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 Type
- 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