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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.
1. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt
Some essays, such as academic papers, are written in response to an essay prompt. Learn how to identify an essay prompt's key terms and prepare an organized outline of an essay focused to appropriately respond to the essay prompt and explore techniques for refocusing an essay veering off-topic while writing it.
2. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly
Sometimes academic exams and other situations, such as job interviews, require you to write a timed essay. Learn the four steps that will enable you to write a great essay quickly while under pressure, including understand the question, outline major points, write the introduction and conclusion last, and edit your essay.
3. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View
Proper word choice can change the feel of a piece of writing as interesting, specific, and unique words can set the tone and establish the ways characters think for the reader. Learn how to write with good diction to develop style and tone and point-of-view.
4. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?
There isn't a specific answer to what makes writing good, but you can take some things into consideration to improve your writing. Learn how to write well by coming up with great ideas, using specific examples, giving organization and clarity to your ideas, giving your writings a good style and voice, and being careful with your spelling, punctuation, and grammar to prevent readers from distracting.
5. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure
Proper sentence structure is important for strong reading and writing comprehension. Discover how to successfully identify and avoid misplaced modifiers, sentence fragments, and the passive voice to improve sentence structure.
6. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs
Idioms and phrasal verbs are terms that have a particular meaning other than the literal meaning of the words that make them up. Learn how to write with idioms and phrasal verbs, and explore the different types of phrasal verbs, including separable, inseparable, and intransitive phrasal verbs.
7. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay
The word choice and the language of an essay play a key role in setting the tone of the essay and letting readers know exactly what is meant to be said. Learn how using different words can change the tone of sentences and how punctuation helps readers to know how the message is intended to be communicated by the author.
8. How to Write a Great Argument
Sometimes essays and other writings are intended to persuade our audience to favor an idea of some sort. Learn how to write a great argument using a 6-step process for creating a powerful essay that is on target, reasonable, well-written, and supported by reliable sources.
9. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay
Some essays are used to argue a perspective and persuade an audience. Learn how to structure and organize an argument in an essay and recognize the components needed to create a strong argument.
10. How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources
Persuasive essays often require multiple sources to support the essay's arguments. Explore how to research and review sources, prepare an outline of key points, and incorporate several sources to make an essay more persuasive.
11. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article
As you read essays and articles, your reading comprehension and understanding of each writing's purpose and key points are enhanced if you understand the author's reasoning and logic. Explore deductive and inductive reasoning processes and learn techniques for evaluating reasoning in an essay or article.
12. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays
Rhetoric can be an effective technique to persuade an audience. Learn about rhetoric, including its purpose and ways to use it. Understand how to use rhetoric in writing and develop rhetorical writing skills that lead to better essays by knowing the purpose of your writing and applying rhetorical skills.
13. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays
To be effective, documents should be well-written and appealing to an audience. Learn how to use the techniques of logos, ethos, and pathos to write powerful documents that persuade and appeal to an audience.
14. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar
Essay revision should include proofreading for spelling and grammar. Explore what proofreading is and why it is important in essay writing and discover various proofreading strategies.
15. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing
Few writers can prepare documents that are free of mistakes. Learn the three general rules of self-editing and understand how to apply this process to fix writing mistakes, edit for content, adjust mechanics, and revise grammatical errors.
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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 Type
- Compass Writing Test: Sentence Structure
- Compass Writing Test: Organizing Your Writing
- Compass Writing Test: Writing Strategy
- Compass Writing Test: Rhetorical Devices
- Compass Writing Test: Using Source Materials