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English Assessment Preparation

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Essay Preparation
  • The Essay Preparation Guide is to help prepare for the essay portion of the English assessment.
  • Not sure what to expect? Read over What to Expect for more information on the assessment process while in the lab.
  • Review the most Common Errors that the assessors see on the essay.
    *Please note that the Common Errors document is a guide only and is not designed to be an exhaustive list of the types of possible errors.
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    For more information on the assessment content and format, please click here.

Reading Comprehension Sample Questions

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension sample questions are provided in ACCUPLACER Sample Questions for Students.

 

See  pages 4-7.

 

The answer key is on pages 19-22.

Websites for English Skill Review

Websites For Developing Essay Writing Technique 

 

Literacy Education On-Line (LEO) 

Contains numerous links for assisting with the development of writing style including organization, developing introductions, thesis statements and conclusions, and grammar.

 

OWL On-line Writing Lab  

This site offers handouts and exercises on grammar, spelling, and punctuation. There is also an entire section of handouts and resources for  English as a Second Language learners that might also prove useful to all learners.

 

Essay Punch 

Essay Punch is a guided writing program. It will help you to write a short essay that presents and supports a personal opinion. The aim of the essay is to persuade others to your point of view.

 

Websites For Improving Knowledge of Grammar 

 

OWL On-line Writing Lab
This site offers handouts and exercises on grammar, spelling, and punctuation. There is also an entire section of handouts and resources for English as a Second Language learners that might also prove useful to all learners.

Grammar Bytes! 

 Provides exercises and information on a variety of different grammar points.

 

 

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     Looking for more English preparation materials? 

     

    Visit the Tutoring and Learning Centre's English resources page for handouts and useful links!