Ch 10: Essay Clarity

About This Chapter

Let our online video lessons and self-assessment quizzes help you prepare for the GMAT. The concepts presented in these lessons will help you improve your writing style and sentence structure.

Essay Clarity - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons offer instruction in how to write effective sentences and put them together to compose a solid essay. You'll look at common mistakes in sentence structure and learn to recognize wordiness and repetition. Topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Structuring sentences and paragraphs in an essay
  • Writing clear sentences
  • Identifying and avoiding 'mixed structure' sentences
  • Spotting sentence fragments, comma splices and run-on sentences
  • Recognizing effective topic sentences and development of ideas
  • Avoiding redundancy, wordiness and ineffective repetition in writing
  • Understanding paragraph unity

These engaging videos will aid you in understanding how to compose coherent, effective sentences for your essays. The self-assessment quizzes that follow each lesson will help you gauge your knowledge as you get ready for the GMAT.

Essay Clarity Objectives

Many colleges use the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) to screen applicants to their business schools. The GMAT contains 90 multiple-choice questions, divided into four sections, and an essay requirement. You have a time limit of three-and-a-half-hours to complete the entire test.

Material covered in this chapter's lessons may help you in preparing for the sentence correction questions in the verbal section of the GMAT. This section contains 41 questions and has a 75-minute time limit. You will see a sentence with one portion underlined. You will be given five choices, and, from those options, you must choose the best way to state the underlined portion. Some of the lessons in this chapter may also help you with the analytical writing section of the GMAT. In that section, you will be given a brief argument to read, and you must write a critique of that argument and analyze the reasoning it uses. The essay has a 30-minute time limit.

6 Lessons in Chapter 10: Essay Clarity
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

1. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

2. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

3. 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.

Topic Sentences: Identification & Analysis

4. Topic Sentences: Identification & Analysis

The topic sentence is a very important structure in written language. This lesson not only defines this term, but gives tips on how to analyze your own topic sentences in order to make them as strong as can be.

How to Identify & Reduce Wordiness in Writing

5. How to Identify & Reduce Wordiness in Writing

The overuse of words is a very problematic issue in any form of writing. But how do you actually cut down on wordiness? This lesson gives tips on how to identify and reduce wordiness.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

6. 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!

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 160 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.