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College Composition Modular

The following sample questions do not appear on an actual CLEP examination. They are intended to give potential test-takers an indication of the format and difficulty level of the examination and provide content for practice and review. For more sample questions and information about the test, see the CLEP Official Study Guide.

Question 3 of 9

Part 1 of 3

The following passage is an early draft of an essay.

Read the passage and then answer the questions that follow. Some questions refer to particular sentences or parts of sentences and ask you to improve sentence structure or diction (word choice). Other questions refer to the entire essay or to parts of the essay and ask you to consider the essay’s organization, development or effectiveness of language. In selecting your answers, follow the conventions of Standard Written English.

1) Taking great notes is one of the best ways to ensure a high grade on a test or exam. 2) We are so used to instant gratification and getting results immediately that we have learned to organize our information into many neatly organized pieces of information. 3) Actually, supposedly, that’s the best way to remember things more readily and easily. 4) This must carry over to our note-taking strategies. 5) If our notes are messy and fragmented, our brains will be less likely to retain the information because it is busy organizing and making sense of a bunch of jumbled information.

6) The Cornell Method of note-taking is a great way to organize notes. 7) Sometimes referred to as “two-column notes,” the Cornell Method uses two columns to organize information. 8) The left-hand column is the cue column, which only contains key words. 9) The right-hand column is much larger and is used to record important points and questions you may have that must be answered later. 10) At the bottom of the page, leave a large enough section for a summary. 11) The summary is most effective if it is one sentence because this forces you to synthesize a large amount of information into one small segment.

In context, which of the following revisions must be made to sentence 1 (reproduced below)?

Taking great notes is one of the best ways to ensure a high grade on a test or exam.

  • A.

    Add “Usually” to the beginning of the sentence.

  • B.

    Add “definitely” after the word “is.”

  • C.

    Change “to ensure” to “of ensuring.”

  • D.

    Change “grade” to “mark.”

  • E.

    Add “normally” to the end of the sentence.

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