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Writing and Grammar
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Practice Tests

  • Agreement : This test is number x-7 in the Writing Center. It tests subject/verb (I go, he goes) and pronoun/antecedent (Anyone can exercise, but he/she should warm up first.) agreement.
  • Capitalization and Apostrophes : This test is called y-1 in the Writing Center. It tests the use of capital letters (math, History 1010, American) and apostrophes (the girl's books, the girls' books).
  • Run-on, Comma Splice, and Fragment : This test is called x-3 in the Writing Center. It tests the use of commas and periods, where to end a sentence, and whether a sentence is complete.
  • Non-Essential and Introductory Elements : This test is called x-6 in the Writing Center. It tests phrases (in the morning, under a tree) and clauses (when I start, which I saw), commas, and sentence combining.
  • Modifiers : This test is called x-9 in the Writing Center. It tests adjectives (good, bad, happy) and adverbs (well, poorly, happily), and misplaced, dangling, and misused modifying words and phrases.
  • Parts of Speech : This test is called x-1 in the Writing Center. It tests identification of nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, and interjections.
  • Pronouns : This test is called x-8 in the Writing Center. It tests pronoun case (I, me, my, or mine) and clear reference ("I have heard that in California they drive fast" vs. "I have heard that motorists in California drive fast".)
  • Punctuation and Mechanics : This test is called x-10 in the Writing Center. It tests the use of quotation marks, semicolons, commas, colons, and italics.
  • Sentence Parts : This test is called x-4 in the Writing Center. It tests identification of the subject, verb, direct object, indirect object, and subject complements in sentences.
  • Usage : This test is called x-2 in the Writing Center. It tests easily confused words (effect/affect) and expressions ("might of stayed" vs. "might have stayed", "can't hardly wait" vs. "can hardly wait").
  • Verbs : This test is called x-5 in the Writing Center. It tests verb forms (lie/lay, eat/ate) and tenses (Yesterday, I went to work. I have worked for that company for 10 years.).
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