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Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Word Choice - Chapter Summary
This chapter's lessons will help you learn strategies for answering word choice questions correctly, and you can practice your testing skills with self-assessment quizzes. The chapter's videos detail the following topics related to answering word choice questions on the test:
- Identifying errors in idiomatic expressions
- Recognizing when a wrong word is used in a sentence
- Spotting errors with commonly confused words in English
- Identifying redundant word usage
Each lesson focuses on a different type of word choice error. Instructors teach you strategies for working through this section of the test in a manner that is enjoyable and easy to understand.
Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Word Choice Objectives
The Praxis I Core exam is used for admission into teacher education programs, and the test is used as part of the teacher certification process in some states. Questions about word choice are part of the Praxis I Core Academic Writing test's Language and Research Skills for Writing section. This section will be about 40% of the whole Praxis I Core Academic Writing test, and it's designed to assess your ability to use grammar and language appropriately in written communication. The Language and Research Skills for Writing section of the test consists of 28-34 multiple choice questions.
For each question, you'll read a sentence, paying particular attention to the four underlined parts of the sentence, and you'll need to identify the word choice or mechanics error in the sentence. You might also find that there are no word choice or mechanics errors in the sentence. Each lesson's self-assessment quizzes will help you to become familiar with the style of questions that you'll see on testing day. You can also practice answering the questions with speed and accuracy.
1. Commonly Confused Words in English
Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.
2. How to Identify Wrong Word Use
Words are constantly being used incorrectly. Not sure if a word you used in your writing is correct? Watch this video lesson to learn three ways to identify errors in word use.
3. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay
In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.
4. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing
The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.
5. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs
In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself 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!
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Other chapters within the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Writing (5722, 5723): Study Guide & Practice course
- About the Praxis Writing Core Academic Test
- Praxis I Writing: Focusing Your Essay
- Praxis I Writing: Essay Organization
- Praxis I Writing: Writing Arguments
- Praxis I Writing: Informative and Explanatory Texts
- Praxis I Writing: Language and Sentence Structure
- Praxis I Writing: Grammar
- Praxis I Writing: Structural Relationships
- Praxis I Writing: Mechanics
- Praxis I Writing: Research Skills
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing Flashcards