The Writing and Language Test asks you to edit and revise passages written by an anonymous author.
You will encounter a variety of passages from four content areas: Careers, History/Social Studies, Science, and Humanities.Each passage will be 400-450 words in length.
- Careers — Includes passages that deal with trends, issues, and debates related to major career paths, such as healthcare and information technology, as well as general-interest topics related to jobs, business, and industry.
- History/Social Studies — Includes passages that deal with information and ideas drawn from the fields of anthropology, communication studies, economics, education, human
geography, history, law, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology and their various subfields. Passages can discuss such matters as emerging trends, interesting hypotheses and theories, and innovative research studies and methods.
- Science — Includes passages that deal with information and ideas drawn from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and Earth science and their various subfields. Passages can discuss such matters as recent discoveries, interesting hypotheses and theories, and innovative research studies and methods.
- Humanities — Includes passages that deal with information and ideas drawn from the fields of classics, language, law, the performing arts, philosophy, religion, theater, and the visual arts and their various subfields.
You may have noticed that some of the passages include informational graphics with data. Passages in any of the content areas can appear with graphics, although it is more common for Careers, History/Social Studies, and Science.Passages will be one of three core text types: argument, informative/explanatory text, and nonfiction narrative. Argument passages aim to convince the reader of a claim; informative/explanatory text provides factual information about a given topic; and nonfiction narrative follows a story, often from history, with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Any of the content areas can go with any of these text types; for example, you may see an informative/explanatory text about careers or an argument text about science.
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