Question on retake part(s) of the CBEST

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    Hugs, Sam1975. Is your first language English?
     
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    No I started with Hindi at home but all our education in Fiji is in English, British English
    I was even thinking of having a recheck done but 29 is far below to reach 37. My cbest have a one year waiver which is about to expire. During my degree program I did my English for academic purposes, is that of some help. I am worried because though I worked with a tutor and revised my conventions I still get 29. Please help me out to reach my goal
     
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    That's a remarkable linguistic background, Sam!

    If you did ELM along with EAP and passed both, you can certainly use the pair of them in lieu of CBEST. If you didn't do both, alas, you can't just use one.

    Is your tutor someone who was familiar with CBEST?
     
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    I did LL114 but that was in Fiji. My tutor is from Wyzant. I searched her through net
     
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    Will an English for Academic Purposes approach to CBEST essays help? I suspect so, yes. Your post #22 above is punctuated very differently - especially as regards comma use - than it would be if I had written it. I don't mean this as a criticism, but rather as an observation that informal British English and informal American English seem to differ more when it comes to conventions than do formal British English and formal American English. If you follow formal British standards in punctuation, the scorers may well be happier with your command of conventions. In particular, pay attention to comma usage (and you might look up the phrase "comma splice": I see one in your post).

    As to usage, what feedback did your tutor give you?
     
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    Thanks, I am going to revise comma usage to improve my writing. As for usage she is only helping me in sentence flow, I would be happy if you could highlight on what to revise for usage.
    Thanks
     
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    Well, here's one: in American English one doesn't "revise" for an exam, one "reviews". (The word revise does exist in American English, but in the meaning 'change or redo': after reviewing American use of commas, you could be motivated to revise some sentences.)

    Oh, and in American English a noun that refers to a group but is singular in form generally takes singular verb agreement: "My family has visited...", "The government is issuing", "The company installs..." The exception is police, which is stubbornly plural even among us Yanks: "The police have arrested..."

    These are examples of American English idiom. The category "usage" covers two other key aspects that you may find easier to control. One aspect is precision or vividness in word choices: for instance, in a personal narrative, the word said is likely to be less precise and certainly is less vivid than whispered, shouted, moaned, asserted, and requested vs. demanded. Another aspect is overuse of a word: given five instances in a paragraph of the word shoes, the chances are good that at least one of them can be replaced with a pronoun and another with a synonym (brogans, sneakers, stilettos,...)
     
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    Hi!
    Have you passed the cbestwriting section?
     

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