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THEA Test: Writing Grammar & Mechanics - Chapter Summary
Make studying for the THEA test easier by watching short video lessons that closely examine writing grammar and mechanics. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Use commas to avoid confusion in clauses and contrasting sentence parts
- Understand comma splices, sentence fragments and run-on sentences
- Identify and avoid 'mixed structure' sentences
- Exhibit your ability to use colons, semicolons and periods
- Write and identify parallel sentences
- Identify the subject of a sentence
- Define subject-verb agreement and identify errors in negation
Instructors in the video lessons offer definitions, examples and step-by-step guidance to make sure you fully understand writing grammar and mechanics. You can watch the videos in the order that works best for your study sessions. Any questions you have about lesson topics can be submitted to our experts.
THEA Test: Writing Grammar & Mechanics Chapter Objectives
The Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) is now offered exclusively as an Internet-Based Test (IBT), which means you will be required to take this test on a computer at your testing site. It is taken by students entering their freshman year in college who plan to attend a Texas public college or university. The test is broken into three sections: reading, mathematics and writing. The topics in this writing grammar and mechanics chapter are found in the writing section, which consists of around 40 multiple-choice questions and one writing sample. Passing this section of the test requires a score of at least 220.
You can prepare for the test by watching the short lessons in this chapter or accessing full video transcripts with easily identifiable vocabulary words. Take self-assessment quizzes to gauge your comprehension of the lessons. A chapter exam is also available to test your readiness to answer questions related to writing grammar and mechanics on the exam.
1. 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.
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.
3. 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.
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. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences
Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.
6. How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence
Don't pass over this lesson! You may think you know how to find subjects and verbs in a sentence, but picking them out can be harder than you think. Identifying subjects and verbs is the first step to unlocking nearly everything else about English composition.
7. Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns
Subject-verb agreement is a tricky beast. Learn which uncommon singular and plural nouns and pronouns are most likely to trip you up when trying to craft essays with good grammar.
8. How to Identify Errors in Negation
Negation is an extremely important aspect of all communication. But what is it? Watch this video lesson to learn not only the meaning of negation, but how to avoid making common errors in your writing.
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Other chapters within the THEA Test: Practice & Study Guide course
- THEA Test: Understanding Words & Phrases
- THEA Test: Analyzing Literature
- THEA Test: Reading Comprehension & Interpretation
- THEA Test: Point of View & Meaning in Literature
- THEA Test: Drawing Conclusions from Ideas in Text
- THEA Test: Using Critical Thinking to Evaluate Writing
- THEA Test: Understanding Reading Assignments
- THEA Test: Writing Style
- THEA Test: Writing Organization
- THEA Test: Using Verbs
- THEA Test: Using Modifiers
- THEA Test: Using Nouns & Pronouns
- THEA Test: Proofreading & Editing Your Writing
- THEA Test: Fundamental Arithmetic
- THEA Test: Simplifying Whole Number Expressions
- THEA Test: Negative Numbers
- THEA Test: Absolute Value
- THEA Test: Properties of Basic Math
- THEA Test: Solving Word Problems
- THEA Test: Fractions
- THEA Test: Decimals & Percentages
- THEA Test: Ratios & Proportions
- THEA Test: Units of Measurement
- THEA Test: Scientific Notation
- THEA Test: Radicals & Square Roots
- THEA Test: Radical Expressions
- THEA Test: Exponents
- THEA Test: Calculating & Plotting Data
- THEA Test: Solving Rational Equations
- THEA Test: Graphing Linear Equations
- THEA Test: Principles of Algebra
- THEA Test: Algebraic Expressions & Equations
- THEA Test: Word Problems in Algebra
- THEA Test: Properties of Functions
- THEA Test: Quadratic Equations
- THEA Test: Two-Variable Equations & Systems of Equations
- THEA Test: Properties of Polynomial Functions
- THEA Test: Properties & Theorems of Geometry
- THEA Test: Principles of Geometry
- THEA Test: Area, Perimeter & Volume in Geometry
- THEA Test: Problem Solving in Math