Ch 2: NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Comma Usage

About This Chapter

Get refreshed on how and when commas should be used in writing. We offer convenient video lessons that explain this topic so that you're prepared for the NES Essential Academic Skills Writing examination, which replaced the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing test.

NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Comma Usage - Chapter Summary

Brushing up on comma use doesn't have to be a stressful process. Use the short video lessons in this chapter to recall the definitions of terms and see examples of usage. This preparation will help you on the National Evaluation Series Essential Academic Skills Writing test, which used to be the New Mexico Teacher Assessments Essential Academic Skills Writing exam. As you work through this chapter, you'll encounter the following topics:

  • Correct usage and rules of commas
  • Examples of restrictive clauses
  • Coordination and subordination of dependent and independent clauses
  • Meaning of relative clause
  • Using commas to prevent confusion in clauses and contrasting sentence parts

The engaging lessons are taught by experts who point out key terms and use examples for easier preparation for the certification exam. To make it easier for you to remember the information, we feature lesson transcripts and the ability to jump to main ideas in a video through video tags.

Objectives of the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Comma Usage Chapter

The licensing test for prospective New Mexico teachers includes one written assignment (25% of score) and 36 multiple-choice questions (75% of score). You'll have 75 minutes to finish the computerized exam. Topics from the Comma Usage chapter are featured in the competency area on standard English grammar, mechanics and usage. You may come across a passage of text where you'll be asked to identify the correct usage. Additionally, there's a section on errors in subject-verb agreement where you may encounter questions about commas.

Regardless of the number of questions on commas, you can get yourself ready by utilizing the lesson's self-assessment quizzes to compare what you already know and what you need a little more work on.

5 Lessons in Chapter 2: NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Comma Usage
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

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.

Restrictive Clause: Examples & Overview

2. Restrictive Clause: Examples & Overview

In this lesson, we will define and explore the functions of the restrictive clause. Restrictive clauses provide specific and necessary information in a sentence and clarify essential details that help improve sentence meaning.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

3. 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.

Relative Clause: Definition & Examples

4. Relative Clause: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define and examine the relative clause. Relative clauses are adjective clauses. They provide more descriptive information about the subject or other nouns in the sentence, but they cannot stand alone.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

5. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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