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Ch 14: THEA Test: Proofreading & Editing Your Writing

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Get reacquainted with the basics of proofreading and editing with help from this chapter. Short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes provide you with a complete overview of this subject area as you study for THEA test in Texas.

THEA Test: Proofreading & Editing Your Writing - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can simplify your preparations for the THEA test by allowing you to explore tips and strategies for proofreading and editing writing passages. After watching the videos, you will be ready to:

  • Write a great essay quickly using four basic steps
  • Feel confident that you've addressed an essay's purpose when writing
  • Edit and improve essay content using specific principles
  • Avoid writing in a redundant fashion
  • Proofread an essay for spelling and grammar
  • Show your understanding of editing for content
  • Exhibit knowledge of editing for mechanics

Expert instructors offer a wealth of knowledge on proofreading and editing strategies to help refresh your knowledge of this subject area. Watch the lessons anytime and revisit them often until you're comfortable in the knowledge that you understand the materials.

THEA Test: Proofreading & Editing Your Writing Objectives

Topics covered in this chapter on proofreading and editing your writing are found in the writing section of the THEA test, which is one of three total sections. It consists of 40 multiple-choice questions and 1 writing sample, and it requires a score of 220 to pass. In addition to watching the video lessons, you can review full lesson transcripts that feature helpful vocabulary words. After examining the lessons, take short quizzes and a chapter exam to assess your comprehension of the materials.

The THEA test is known as an Internet-Based Test (IBT) because it requires individuals to answer questions on a computer, as opposed to paper. Students may be required to take this exam if they're interested in entering as freshmen at Texas public colleges or universities.

7 Lessons in Chapter 14: THEA Test: Proofreading & Editing Your Writing
How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

1. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.

How to Determine if Your Essay Addresses its Purpose

2. How to Determine if Your Essay Addresses its Purpose

Have you ever written an essay, but had no idea if you actually accomplished your goal? In this lesson, you will get several tips on how to know if you actually achieved the purpose of your essay.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

3. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

4. 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!

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

5. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

Editing for Content: Definition & Concept

6. Editing for Content: Definition & Concept

Learn what editing for content means and how it's different from editing for spelling, punctuation and grammar. Review the list of things to look for in a content edit. Read the lesson, and then take the quiz to test your new knowledge.

Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

7. Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

Find out what 'editing for mechanics' means and how to apply it to your writing. Learn what to look for when you're editing for mechanics, and then take a quiz to test your new skills.

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