Munzenmaier • Hamilton College • Urbandale, IA
Does anybody besides English teachers care about grammar and punctuation?
According to Maxine Hairston's research, employers notice these common errors:
Employers assume people who make these errors have poor communication skills. Judge for yourself. Who would you hire?
The first letter makes readers work too hard to get the message. Basic errors in spelling and grammar might make employers judge the writer as lazy, stupid, or uneducated. (See Cover Letters from Hell.) Poor writing skills can also kill your chances for promotion. The Business Roundtable calls writing a ticket to work.
How are your written communication skills? To find out, take the Grammar Diagnostic test. This counts for 20 out of 500 possible points. You may retake this diagnostic once. After that, if you wish to raise your score, take one of the other diagnostics.
To complete this CM107 assignment:
1. Start with this 20-question Grammar Diagnostic.
2. Email your final score to yourself and to your instructor.
3. Not happy with your score? You can do review exercises to correct your weaknesses. Print them and hand them in.
4. Looking for a challenge? Take one of these:
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