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Ch 1: HiSET: Language Facility

About This Chapter

Find out about all the components of effective language facility as you prepare for the HiSET Language Arts - Writing test. Through video lessons and quizzes, you will learn how sentences and paragraphs are structured in a way that is fun and easy to follow.

HiSET: Language Facility - Chapter Summary

Master the formation of sentences and paragraphs in written English using the effective lessons in this chapter. These brief video lessons teach about sentence and paragraph structure as well as verb tense and subject-verb agreement in an absorbing and simple way. Lessons in this chapter address the following topics that you will find on the HiSET Language Arts - Writing exam:

  • Sentence structure
  • Identifying subjects
  • Subordination and coordination clauses
  • Writing clear sentences
  • Sentence and paragraph structure
  • Parallel sentences
  • Sentence fragments
  • Verb tense and subject-verb agreement
  • Shifts in verb voice and mood
  • Sentence agreement

The lessons in this chapter review all aspects of writing effective sentences and paragraphs. They also give you practice questions and quizzes to test your comprehension. All the elements of sentence and paragraph formation are divided into easy-to-digest video lessons so you will be sure you understand every aspect.

HiSET: Language Facility Objectives

The HiSET is a high school equivalency exam that tests your knowledge of high school level academics. The Language Arts - Writing portion of the test includes a multiple-choice part and an essay part. The first part includes 50 multiple-choice questions, of which about 41% of the questions are on language facility. In the essay portion, you will be asked to develop an essay in response to a prompt, and generate and organize your ideas. Your essay will be evaluated on development, organization, language facility and use of writing conventions. Our lessons on language facility teach all of the topics you will be tested on in the actual HiSET exam.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: HiSET: Language Facility
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How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

1. 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.

Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

2. Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

Learn the meaning of sentence structure and the importance of varying sentence structure in writing in this lesson. Four strategies to help you vary your sentence structure will also be described.

How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

3. How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

Don't pass over this lesson! You may think you know how to find subjects and verbs in a sentence, but picking them out can be harder than you think. Identifying subjects and verbs is the first step to unlocking nearly everything else about English composition.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

4. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

5. Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

This lesson is about independent and dependent clauses, and how they make up a sentence. Dependent clauses, like the name suggests, rely on other elements in a sentence. Independent clauses, on the other hand, can stand alone. Learn more in this lesson.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

6. 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 Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

7. 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.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

8. Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

Once you've developed an outline, it's time to begin drafting your essay. This lesson will walk you through the steps of putting together a body paragraph and show you how to ensure that your paragraphs are unified, coherent and well-developed.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

9. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

10. Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

Learn all about verb tense and subject-verb agreement in our first lesson on this tricky topic. We'll look at examples to help you understand this concept.

Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

11. Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

Subject-verb agreement is a tricky beast. Learn which uncommon singular and plural nouns and pronouns are most likely to trip you up when trying to craft essays with good grammar.

Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

12. Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

If a person's attitude or tone of voice is constantly changing, he or she can be hard to read or understand. This can be applied to how we write. To communicate clearly, we need to recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.

Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

13. Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

A common error occurs whenever a writer uses wording that suggests that a lot of people own or use just one thing, when really they all own or use their own separate things. This video will explain how to identify and fix this type of error.

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