Guidelines for the Basic Syntax, Grammar, and Written Usage Diagnostic
General Instructions: These guidelines will assist you in preparing for the Basic Syntax, Grammar, and Written Usage Diagnostic. This Diagnostic is aimed to help you to evaluate and diagnose your knowledge in the areas of grammar, written conventions, and standard usage. Please contact the Subject Matter Adviser or Subject Matter Secretary when you are ready to take the Diagnostic.
The Diagnostic has four sections. You should be able to identify the items in Sections I-III and then be able to apply this knowledge in Section IV.
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The following resources will assist you in preparing for this assessment:
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides explanations and worksheets to review grammatical terms.
Edufind.com's Online English Grammar provides direct instruction, practice and tests to further your knowledge.
Criticalreading.com is another very useful site.
Jack Lynch's Guide to Grammar and Style (Rutgers University)
The Grammar Gorillas — a fun site
Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum, A Student’s Guide to English Grammar (Cambridge University Press, 2005).
James R. Hurford, Grammar: A Student’s Guide (Cambridge University Press, 1994).
Penelope Choy and Dorothy Goldbart Clark, Basic Grammar and Usage, 7th edn (Heinle, 2005). Older editions are acceptable. This text is available on reserve from Karin Castillo in Sierra Tower 707.