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0007 Standard Use of Verbs
0008 Standard Use of Pronouns
0009 Modifiers - Adverbs, Adjectives, Prepositional Phrases
0010 How Language Varies According to Context
0011 Sentence Structure: Fragments and Run-ons
0012 Standard Use of Punctuation
0013 Standard Use of Capitalization
0014 Standard Use of Spelling
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0015 Prepare a Developed Composition

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Writing Competencies Tested on the AEPA

The AEPA Writing Test consists of two parts: a 42 selected-response (multiple-choice) test and a written performance assignment (essay).

Each part includes one or more objectives and is expanded upon by descriptive statements. Descriptive statements provide examples of the range, type, and level of content that may appear on the test for questions measuring the objective.

An outline showing the objectives and descriptive statements is shown below.


0007 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)

0008 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

0009 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)

0010 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

0011 Identify Standard Sentence Structure (e.g., Sentence Fragments, Run-on Sentences)

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

0012 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

0013 Identify the Standard Use of Capitalization

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

0014 Identify the Use of Standard Spelling

  • Recognizing the Standard Spelling of Commonly Encountered Words and Education-Related Words (Presented in Context)

Written Performance Assignment (Essay)

0015 Demonstrate the Ability to Prepare a Developed Composition on a Given Topic Using Language and Style Appropriate to a Given Audience, Purpose, and Occasion

  • Composing a Coherent, Focused, and Sustained Composition on a Given Topic
  • Using Language and Style Appropriate to a Specified Audience, Purpose, and Occasion
  • Stating and Maintaining a Clear Thesis Statement
  • Using Organizational Strategies to Enhance Meaning and Clarity
  • Providing Reasoned Support and Specific Examples to Develop the Thesis of the Composition
  • Using Effective Grammar, Sentence Structure, and Word Choice
  • Applying Spelling, Capitalization, and Punctuation According to the Conventions of Standard American English