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Sentence Skills
Standard Use of Verbs
Standard Use of Pronouns
Modifiers - Adverbs, Adjectives, Prepositional Phrases
How Language Varies According to Context
Sentence Structure: Fragments and Run-ons
Standard Use of Punctuation
Standard Use of Capitalization
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Sentence Skills Competencies Tested on the ACCUPLACER

The Sentence Skills section of the Accuplacer covers several skill areas with each skill area addressing a number of sub-skills. An outline showing these skill areas and their major sub-skills is shown below..

Recognize and Apply the Standard Use of Verbs

  • Recognizing Standard Subject-Verb Agreement (Number and Person)
  • Using Standard Verb Tense
  • Identifying Consistency of Tense (e.g., Verb Endings)

Recognize and Apply the Standard Use of Pronouns

  • Recognizing Standard Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement (Number, Gender)
  • Using Standard Pronoun Case
  • Identifying Standard Use of Possessive, Relative, and Demonstrative Pronouns

Recognize and Apply the Standard Use of Modifiers (e.g., Adverbs, Adjectives, Prepositional Phrases)

  • Recognizing Standard Use of Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Applying Standard Use of the Comparative and Superlative Forms
  • Identifying Standard Placement of Modifiers in Sentences (including negative Modifiers and Prepositional Phrases)

Understand how Language Varies According to the Context in which it Occurs

  • Recognizing the Appropriate Use of Standard English and Formal and Informal Language in Various Situations

Identify Standard Sentence Structure (e.g., Sentence Fragments, Run-on Sentences)

  • Recognizing Sentence Fragments, Run-on Sentences, and Complete Sentences

Identify the Standard Use of Punctuation

  • Recognizing Instances in which necessary Punctuation has Been Omitted and Identifying Instances in which Incorrect or Extraneous Punctuation has Been Used

Identify the Standard Use of Capitalization

  • Recognizing Standard Initial Capitalization and Capitalization of Proper Words and Titles