# The power of the written word

Have you heard the saying: "The pen is mightier than the sword"? We have all felt the power of words: the simple STOP on a stop sign, the word "poison" on a container, the words "Could try harder ... " on a child's report card.

We think of speaking as our main form of communication; but when we write, we are able to reach,
many more people.

## What it says about us individually

How we write says a lot about us. Whether we are writing a simple "thank you" note for a gift, a note to a friend, or an important resumé, we are concerned about how our writing looks to others.

If we aren't, we should be, especially if a job we really want hangs on it!

## How we can make those good things happen

The recipe for improving your writing includes two main ingredients:

• understanding basic grammar, punctuation and spelling rules
• knowing how to express what you want to say clearly

Oh, and practice, practice, practice!

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# The GED Writing Skills test

The test is in two parts:

The first part is a multiple-choice test on the "Conventions of English"; it tests your knowledge of the rules of English grammar.

There are three kinds of rules that you will be tested on:

sentence structure - knowing how to recognize when a sentence
is too long or too short;

usage - knowing how to make sure that the words (subjects,
verbs, pronouns) inside a sentence are correct, and

mechanics - knowing how to make sure that spelling and
punctuation are correct.


The second part of the GED Writing Skills test asks you to

Write an essay on a topic given to you.


The essay is to be about 200 words long, that is, approximately a page and a half. The topic
you will be given to write about will be something quite simple - "the advantages and disadvantages of television", for example.

It is important to remember that writing a well-formed essay requires first of all good organization and writing skills; you don't need a lot of background knowledge.

      If you would like to see a list of the skills covered
in GED Writing Skills, have a look at the Skill List
for the GED. You can scroll down the page to see the
entire list. This might look like a lot of skills to
cover, but you probably know some of them already.


## How the Course is organized

This "GED Online" Writing Skills course covers all of the basic GED writing skills. Each skill is presented