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Punctuation - Chapter Summary
Use this chapter to review the basics of writing mechanics and punctuation to prepare for the writing portion of the HiSET Language Arts test. The engaging videos in this chapter cover a variety of topics:
- Semicolons and colons
- Quotation marks
The lessons in this chapter are taught by experienced instructors and cover the basic rules of punctuation for the English language. The videos use illustrations and examples to present the concepts in a fun way, and practice questions and quizzes are also available to test your comprehension.
HiSET Language Arts - Writing Objectives
The HiSET is a high school equivalency test exam, similar to the GED, which tests a student's knowledge in five core areas. The Language Arts - Writing exam is divided into two parts. Part one uses 50 multiple-choice questions to evaluate your understanding of writing mechanics and your ability to revise written text. The questions include a draft of text with an underlined portion, and the answers include options for correcting or improving the text. Our lessons on punctuation cover topics often addressed in these questions, such as sentence structure, comma usage and basic writing mechanics.
1. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules
Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.
2. Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts
Learn more about comma usage from the pros! There are just too many ways to use the comma (it's a basic punctuation mark, after all) to fit in one sentence. Watch here to learn about some of the more common traps students fall into when trying to put commas in the right place.
3. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences
Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences are grammatical and stylistic bugs that can seriously derail an otherwise polished academic paper. Learn how to identify and eliminate these errors in your own writing here.
4. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods
Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.
5. Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage
Parentheses and dashes are two different (but often confused) ways of setting off a chunk of information within a sentence - do you know how to use them correctly?
6. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks
Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.
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