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Language Arts Writing

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Part 1

There are 50 multiple-choice questions on the Language Arts, Writing Test, Part I. These questions require you to revise and edit workplace, how to, and informational documents. They test in the following content areas:

  • Sentence Structure (30%): Apply basic rules of sentence structure: avoidance of sentence fragments, run-ons, and comma splices; use of parallel elements (parallelism)
  • Usage (30%): Apply basic rules of grammar usage, including subject-verb agreement, verb tense, verb forms, and use of pronouns
  • Mechanics (25%): Apply basic rules of mechanics including capitalization, punctuation, and spelling related to possessives, contractions, and homonyms.
  • Organization (15%): Revise the organization of documents demonstrating unity, coherence, effective text divisions, and topic sentences.

Types of questions:

Correction: These questions involve correction of an error in

  • sentence structure (fragments, run-ons, and comma splices; use of parallel elements [parallelism])
  • usage (subject-verb agreement, verb tense, verb forms, and use of pronouns),
  • mechanics (capitalization, punctuation, and spelling related to possessives, contractions, and homonyms)
  • organization (unity, coherence, effective text divisions, and topic sentences)

Revision: These questions involve choosing the correct choice of a revision in

  • sentence structure (fragments, run-ons, and comma splices; use of parallel elements [brackets])
  • usage (subject-verb agreement, verb tense, verb forms, and use of pronouns), or
  • mechanics (capitalization, punctuation, and spelling related to possessives, contractions, and homonyms).

Construction Shift: These questions involve choosing the correct choice in

  • sentence structure (avoidance of fragments, run-ons, and comma splice; use of parallel elements [parallelism])
  • organization (unity, coherence, effective text divisions, and topic sentences)

These questions involve showing the proper order of parts of a sentence or of sentences in a paragraph.