Ch 6: NYSTCE CQST: Sentence Structure, Punctuation & Spelling

About This Chapter

These lessons offer information on sentence structure, punctuation and spelling as a way to help you prepare for the NYSTCE Communication and Quantitative Skills Test. This chapter provides a variety of study aids to assist you in getting ready for these types of exam questions.

NYSTCE CQST: Sentence Structure, Punctuation & Spelling - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons explore sentence structure, punctuation and spelling, including sentence fragments, run on sentences, and punctuation. You will also review common grammar mistakes, parentheses, and question marks. You will update your knowledge topics including:

  • Exclamation marks
  • Hyphens, brackets, ellipses and quotation marks
  • Apostrophes
  • Correct spelling in written work
  • Capitalization rules in writing

Our instructors walk you through each subject using short, engaging video lessons. Use self-assessment quizzes to test your knowledge, or print them as worksheets to help you study. The jump feature under the Timeline tab allows you to skip directly to main subjects within the video lessons.

16 Lessons in Chapter 6: NYSTCE CQST: Sentence Structure, Punctuation & Spelling
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Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

1. 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.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

2. 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.

What is a Sentence Fragment? - Definition & Examples

3. What is a Sentence Fragment? - Definition & Examples

Find out what sentence fragments are and how to correct them. Learn the different ways sentence fragments can happen and how they relate to phrases as well as dependent and independent clauses.

Run On Sentences: Examples & Corrections

4. Run On Sentences: Examples & Corrections

Find out what run-on sentences are and how they can interfere with your writing. Learn about the different types of run-on sentences and how to correct them with punctuation, coordinators and subordinators.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

5. 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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

6. 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.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

7. 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.

Common Grammar Mistakes: Examples & Correction

8. Common Grammar Mistakes: Examples & Correction

Learn about common grammar mistakes and how to correct them. Find out why common mistakes in grammar happen, and then take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Parentheses: Definition & Usage

9. Parentheses: Definition & Usage

Parentheses are a commonly misunderstood type of punctuation mark. This lesson defines the punctuation mark and gauges your understanding with a quiz.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

10. Question Mark: Definition & Use

A question mark (?) is a form of punctuation placed at the end of a sentence. Its main purpose is to specify a query or question. In this lesson, we will take a look at when you should and should not use a question mark in your writing.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

11. Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

The exclamation mark (!), also called the exclamation point, is a form of punctuation that is sometimes used at the end of a single word, phrase or complete sentence. Its goal is to express an extremely strong and intense statement.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

12. 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.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

13. Apostrophe: Use & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the apostrophe and how it's useful to us. See a few examples of common apostrophe mistakes and learn how to correct them.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

14. Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important to have correct spelling in your writing. We will then discuss some tips to be sure you are using correct spelling.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

15. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

16. Capitalization Rules in Writing

Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.

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