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Ch 8: CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Developing Writing Skills

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter help you review some of the techniques and steps for writing an essay so you may improve your writing skills. This chapter was designed to help you prepare to write a solid essay on the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing.

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Developing Writing Skills - Chapter Summary

This chapter can show you different ways of organizing your thoughts as you start to write an essay. You may find these skill helpful when you are tasked to write an essay for CUNY Assessment Test in Writing. In these lessons, our expert instructors demonstrate:

  • Effective prewriting strategies
  • Brainstorming techniques
  • Organizing writing by considering your task, purpose and audience
  • Writing five-paragraph essays and other essay organizations
  • Developing thesis statements
  • Constructing written outlines

If you feel you may benefit from an alternative review of the lessons, try reading the text transcripts that highlight the key terms. You can take the lesson quizzes to discover topics from the lessons you didn't comprehend. Using the video tags from your quiz results, return to locations that explain these topics so that you can fortify your understanding of them.

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Developing Writing Skills Chapter Objectives

If your intentions are to attend a CUNY school, you have the option to take the CATs in place of the other college entrance exam use by other universities. CATW is a subtest of the CATs, used to assess students' writing abilities. On this subtest, you will be given 90 minutes to analyze a passage and then construct an essay response. With this chapter, improve your skills setting up a writing project so that you can write a strong and effective essay on test day.

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Developing Writing Skills
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Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

1. Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

You should learn prewriting techniques, such as brainstorming, mapping, and freewriting, to produce well-planned, focused essays. This lesson explains the basics for how to conduct effective prewriting.

What Is Brainstorming?

2. What Is Brainstorming?

You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

3. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.

Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

4. Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

By following a series of tasks, making sure to decide upon our purpose for writing and tailoring the paper to our audience, we can write stronger essays and reports. Watch this lesson to find out how to do these things.

Essay Organization and Outline Building

5. Essay Organization and Outline Building

Creating an outline before writing an academic essay doesn't take that long to do and can greatly improve the quality of your essay. This lesson covers the basics of how to put together an effective outline that will cover all of the right points.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

6. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.

What is a Thesis Statement?

7. What is a Thesis Statement?

Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.

Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions

8. Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions

One of the most important components of a successful academic essay is a strong thesis statement. Learn how to construct an effective thesis statement for a persuasive essay by watching this lesson.

How to Write an Outline

9. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

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