English Test Description
English test is a 165-question, that measures your understanding of the conventions of standard English (punctuation, usage, and sentence structure), production of writing (topic development, organization, unity, and cohesion), and knowledge of language (word choice, style, and tone).
The test consists of five essays, or passages, each accompanied by a sequence of multiple-choice test questions.
The questions are numbered consecutively. Each question number refers to a correspondingly numbered portion underlined in the passage or to a corresponding numeral in a box located at the appropriate point in the passage.
Different passage types are used to provide a variety of rhetorical situations. Passages are chosen not only for their appropriateness in assessing writing skills but also to reflect students’ interests and experiences. Spelling, vocabulary, and rote recall of grammar rules are not tested. Four scores are reported for the English test: a total test score based on all 165 questions, and three reporting category scores based on specific knowledge and skills.
Content Covered by the English Test
Three reporting categories are addressed in the English test covering six elements of effective writing: topic development; organization, unity, and cohesion; knowledge of language; punctuation; usage; and sentence structure and formation. A brief description of the elements of effective writing and the approximate percentage of the test devoted to each reporting category are given below.
The questions in this category require students to apply their understanding of the purpose and focus of a piece of writing.
Knowledge of Language
Demonstrate effective language use through ensuring precision and concision in word choice and maintaining consistency in style and tone
Conventions of Standard English
The questions in this category require students to apply an understanding of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and mechanics to revise and edit text.