The ACT Compass Writing Skills Test is a computer adaptive, untimed college placement examination designed to help educators evaluate skill levels and place high school students in level appropriate college courses. The ACT Compass Writing Skills Test is designed to assess students’ readiness for entry-level college courses. There are two separate exams in the ACT Compass Writing Skills Test, a placement exam and a diagnostic exam to evaluate specific skill levels; the placement exam is multiple choice, whereas the diagnostic exam is in essay format.
The ACT Compass Writing Skills Placement Test requires students to discover and correct usage and mechanics errors in pre-written passages, including domains such as:
• Basic grammar
• Sentence structure
• Rhetorical skills
Each ACT Compass Writing Skills Diagnostic Test evaluates skills in the areas of:
• Verb formation/agreement
• Relationships of clauses
• Shifts in construction
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