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Ch 12: Compass Writing Test: Writing Style

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Let us help you improve your skills with grammar, content, and style. The video lessons in this chapter offer expert instruction in writing. The lesson quizzes and chapter exam will give you some practice for the Compass e-Write test.

Compass Writing Test: Writing Style - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter go over the many elements of writing style. The information not only guides you through the steps to improve your own academic writing, but these lessons can also help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of written arguments, which you will need to know to pass the Compass e-Write test. After completing this chapter, you should be more knowledgeable about the following:

  • Understanding and interpreting essay prompts
  • Improving sentence structure
  • Organizing and structuring essays
  • Proofreading for grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Writing revision strategies

The chapter has been divided into several brief video lessons, which let you view each topic in detail. You can watch the videos several times, and feel free to read the accompanying lesson transcripts. Each transcript has key terms in bold letters, and the headers make finding information quite simple. If you want to determine how well you understand each lesson, you can try taking the lesson quizzes. Once you complete all of the lessons, you can even evaluate how well you might do on the Compass e-Write test by taking our chapter exam.

Compass Writing Test: Writing Style Objectives

The Compass e-Write test determines your ability to write thoughtful and well-organized essays and paragraphs. The tests are graded on a scale, and your final score will determine your placement in college-level writing courses.

15 Lessons in Chapter 12: Compass Writing Test: Writing Style
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How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

1. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.

How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

2. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.

How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

3. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

4. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

5. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.

How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

6. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

7. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

How to Write a Great Argument

8. How to Write a Great Argument

Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

9. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

10. How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

In a persuasive essay in which you cite multiple sources, it's important to strike the right balance and use your sources to support your points without depending on them too much. In this lesson, we'll cover how to use multiple sources effectively to support your argument while still fully developing your own ideas in a persuasive essay.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

11. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

12. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

In this video, you will explore the basics of identifying your purpose and audience and learn how to use effective rhetorical skills in your persuasive writing.

Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

13. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area. In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

14. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

15. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.

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