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Ch 9: CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Effective Writing

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Prepare for the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing with our engaging videos that can help improve your understanding of the parts of a strong essay and the qualities of them that add to your writing. Each lesson has a corresponding quiz that you can use to test your comprehension.

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Effective Writing - Chapter Summary

Our professional instructors have created this series of short, engaging lesson videos to help you review the structure of essays. Use the material from this chapter to ensure you write a strong essay on the City University of New York (CUNY) Assessment Test in Writing (CATW) exam. These videos cover:

  • Theses that capture the attention of your audience
  • Using summary previews to clearly introduce main topics
  • Constructing a strong essay body
  • Importance of transitional sentences
  • Writing clear sentences
  • Elements of an effective conclusion
  • Using precise language and avoiding redundancy

For an additional review of the material, read the lesson transcripts that present you with written overviews of the lessons and identify the key vocabulary of the chapter. After you complete a lesson, take the quiz that accompanies it to discover any topics you don't understand. When you get your quiz results, be sure to identify your areas of weakness, and then reinforce your understanding of them by using the video tags to review the parts of the lesson that discuss them.

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Effective Writing Chapter Objectives

The CUNY Skills Assessment Tests (CATs) are given to students applying for admissions at CUNY who did not achieve the required scores on the SAT or Regents Exams. These tests include three different subject tests, including the CATW, an essay test that has you read a passage and then write a response in 90 minutes. This chapter will help you prepare the CATW by reviewing the structures of essays and how to write them so that you improve the quality of your essay.

8 Lessons in Chapter 9: CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Effective Writing
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Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

1. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Preview

2. How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Preview

Here's a simple, surefire way to write an introduction for your paper, including a summary preview (or what some teachers call a thesis statement). This works for almost all papers, including definition, classification, comparison/contrast or cause/effect papers. Try this simple approach to set up your paper easily.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

3. How to Write a Strong Essay Body

This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

4. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

5. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

6. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

Follow this easy method to write a wonderful conclusion to your paper. Here you will find everything you need, including some most excellent writing tips!

The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

7. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

8. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!

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Practice Final Exam
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