Module 8 Outline Review of previous module Writing: Test Taking Strategies Writing Assignments Final Writing Assessment Course Conclusion Summary of Course Material Areas for Improvement
Review of previous modules At the bottom of this page, look for a link to upload your Module 6& 7 feedback document after you have addressed the comments. I hope that you found the comments helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions.
Review of Article UsageCheck your answers with the answer key posted in Module 7. Remember the 3 rules to help avoid article mistakes:Use a, an, or the (or another word such as my or this) in front of a singular count noun. Incorrect: Obama will also end the tax breaks for gas and oil companies. Correct: Obama will also end tax breaks for gas and oil companies. In this case an article is not necessary before tax breaks. If, however, you were referring to a specific set of tax laws “the” could be used. See the next rule.Use the with specific noun references Incorrect: The idea for new taxes came from billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Correct: The idea for the new taxes came from billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Do not use the with general noun references. Incorrect: The reports say the proposal is likely to be called the Buffett Rule. Correct: Reports say the proposal is likely to be called the Buffett Rule.
Test Taking Tips1. Answer the question. Make sure to answer the question clearly and directly. The main points of your response should be at the start of your memorandum.2. Manage your time. Make sure that you are keeping track of your time. In this course, we did not focus too much on time; however, when taking the CPA you will need to outline, write, and proofread your response in approximately 20-25 minutes.3. Brainstorm and organize your response FIRST. Use the first couple of minutes 1) understand the question, 2) brainstorm your ideas and key vocabulary, and 3) organize your response into major ideas. It is common to want to change your response midway through writing. This creates a confusing response. Make sure you know what you want to write BEFORE you start writing.
Test Taking Tips (cont.)4. Support your response. Make sure to include specific details and examples to support your major ideas. If you are explaining the risks of a certain action be specific about what could go wrong.5. Pay attention to grammatical errors. Not all errors are treated equally. Pay special attention to subject verb agreement and verb tenses. Also, remember: Its shows possession while it’s = it is. Eliminate this error by avoiding contractions in formal writing.6. Guide the reader. Use transition words to guide the reader through your response. Be clear when you are introducing examples, discussing a contrasting opinion, or drawing a conclusion.7. Leave time to re-read your response. Although you will be pressed for time, it is important that you proofread your response. Make sure that each sentence has a main subject and verb. Check for basic grammatical errors such as spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.
Final Writing Assessment This week you will be asked to complete one final writing assignment that will act as a second assessment and can be compared to the diagnostic assignment you completed at the start of this course. You will have 25 minutes to respond to the prompt. As always, just do your best. Good luck!
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