Writing - Finishing Touches for CBEST Exam Study Guide
The scorers who read your essay will be on the lookout for precise wording and careful, accurate usage. This lesson will review some common errors.
A question mark goes at the end of a question. Use few, if any, exclamation points in your essay and always end your sentences with a period. There are many rules for using commas. Here are the most common places for a comma:
- at the end of long clauses
- to separate three or more words in a series
- between the clauses of a compound sentence
- around nonessential words and clauses
- wherever the meaning of the sentence would not be clear without one
If these rules aren't familiar, you can find more information in the same books listed at the end of this chapter.
As you proofread, check to see whether your essay flows well. If additional punctuation is necessary to get your point across, use it—but don't go overboard by throwing in commas where they are not necessary. Can you find the punctuation errors in the following paragraph?
Not only are parents happy to see a uniform policy in place, but their children benefit as well. If you were from a low-income home wouldn't you feel bad if you were not dressed as well as your peers. Children who dress differently are usually alienated from cliques at school and left to feel like outsiders. Often they are teased unmercifully. Dressing in uniform eliminates that problem. Instead you feel a sense of belonging. You are less distractd by cumparing your clothes to others so you are more apd to be relaxed and queiter in school. This enables them to learn more. Children might be happy with the school uniform policy but not as happy as their teachers and principals
Spend the last few minutes of exam time proofreading to see whether you included everything you had to say, used the same verb tense and person throughout, and whether your words are clear. There is no time for big revisions, but check for such details as periods after sentences and spelling.
The second sentence is a question; it should have a question mark. Because the question doesn't start until after a phrase, the phrase should be set off by a comma.
If you were from a low-income home, wouldn't you feel bad if you were not dressed as well as your peers?
There could be a comma after Instead at the beginning of the fifth sentence. This comma may not be necessary in some circumstances, but you are changing the flow of thought here, and you want the readers to know it.
Instead, you feel a sense of belonging.
The sixth sentence contains a compound sentence that should be set off with a comma. The last sentence could also use a comma to separate a long clause from the main sentence, particularly since you are once again switching gears. Lastly, don't let the fact that you're almost done make you forget to put a period at the end of the last sentence.
You are less distractd by cumparing your clothes to others, so you are more apd to be relaxed and queiter in school. This enables them to learn more. Children might be happy with the school uniform policy, but not as happy as their teachers and principals.
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