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Select a score band

Manage phrases and clauses in a sentence

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Recognize proper placement of multiple parallel structures within a single sentence

SKILL 2: Recognize the correct use of the colon to join ideas in a sentence

SKILL 3: Recognize correct use of complex syntax

 

  1. 1

    Recognize proper placement of multiple parallel structures within a single sentence

    Example

    The following sentence tests correctness and effectiveness of expression. Part of the sentence or the entire sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Choice A repeats the original phrasing; the other four choices are different. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A; if not, select one of the other choices.

    In making your selection, follow the requirements of standard written English; that is, pay attention to grammar, choice of words, sentence construction, and punctuation. Your selection should result in the most effective sentence-clear and precise, without awkwardness or ambiguity.

    Medical students must learn to pay attention and be respectful of the needs of both their patients and their patients’ families.

    Answer Choices
  2. 2

    Recognize the correct use of the colon to join ideas in a sentence

    Example

    The following sentence tests correctness and effectiveness of expression. Part of the sentence or the entire sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Choice A repeats the original phrasing; the other four choices are different. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A; if not, select one of the other choices.

    In making your selection, follow the requirements of standard written English; that is, pay attention to grammar, choice of words, sentence construction, and punctuation. Your selection should result in the most effective sentence-clear and precise, without awkwardness or ambiguity.

    The rock band's first album was a hit in the United States but not in the band's home country of Australia, in Sydney the band's album sales were quite low.

    Answer Choices
  3. 3

    Recognize correct use of complex syntax

    Example

    The following sentence tests correctness and effectiveness of expression. Part of the sentence or the entire sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Choice A repeats the original phrasing; the other four choices are different. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A; if not, select one of the other choices.

    In making your selection, follow the requirements of standard written English; that is, pay attention to grammar, choice of words, sentence construction, and punctuation. Your selection should result in the most effective sentence-clear and precise, without awkwardness or ambiguity.

    Medical students must learn to pay attention and be respectful of the needs of both their patients and their patients’ families.

    Answer Choices

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