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. Through writing, we can "talk" to someone we might otherwise never meet -- or even to someone on the other side of the world. Writing is powerful! If you would like more information on how to get around the lesson pagesclick here. If you would like more information on how to use the course emailClick here.
Howmultiple-choice test on the 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.
The recipe for improving your writing includes two main ingredients:
an understanding of the basic grammar, punctuation and spelling rules practice, practice, practice! The GED Writing Skills 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. 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 ; mechanics-knowing how to make sure that spelling and punctuation are correct.
For the second part of the GED Writing Skills test, you must write an essay on a given topic. The essay is supposed to be quite short (about 200 words) and the topic that you will be given will be quite general: the advantages and disadvantages of TV, for example. You don't need a lot of background knowledge to write a good essay -- just good organization and writing skills.
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 may look like a lot of skills to cover, but you probably know some of them already.
The "GED Online" Writing Skills course covers all of the basic GED writing skills. Each skill is presented in a separate "lesson" that you can read with your web browser program (the same program that you are using now to read this page). At the bottom of each lesson, there is a "link" to the homework for the skill. When you click on the link, the homework page will come up. You can print this page if you like, and work on the homework offline or even away from the computer. Once you have the answers worked out, you can type them into an email message and send them to your tutor. (There will be more details on how to do this when you are ready.) Writing good English begins with writing good sentences. Are you ready to begin?
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