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Mechanics

Mechanics items comprise 25 percent of the multiple-choice section of the Language Arts Writing Test. These questions assess the following topics:

  • Capitalization
    • proper nouns and adjectives
    • titles
    • months/seasons
  • Punctuation
    • commas in a series
    • commas in compound sentences
    • commas with introductory elements
    • commas with appositives
    • comma overuse

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