Learning to write well is an important skill to master. Improving your writing will help you not only help you on the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ Writing subtest but also communicate clearly and present yourself as a composed, well-educated person.
Adding variety through phrases and clauses to convey specific meanings is a high emphasis topic within the TASC Writing subtest.
These general writing tips from Purdue’s Online Writing Lab will help you diversify sentences:
- Too many sentences with the same structure and length can grow boring for readers.
- Varying sentence style and structure can also decrease repetition and add emphasis.
- You might use long sentences when communicating a lot of information.
- Short sentences can clear up and emphasize crucial points.
Vary Syntax for Effect
Syntax is the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences. When you vary the order of your words and phrases, you’re able to emphasize or de-emphasize certain ideas based on where and how you place them.
As you practice your writing, try these tips to vary syntax and add interest without messing up the grammar or meaning:
- Start with a description. (Dangling over the cliff, Martha considered her options.)
- Combine sentences by inserting one idea into another. (Martha, who hated heights, looked at the ground.)
- Cut unnecessary words. (The mountain was 3,000 feet high in altitude.)
- Look for strong verbs. (Use strolled or rushed instead of went, for example)
- Begin an occasional sentence with an adverb. (Wildly, he rushed into the room.)