Scheduling the Diagnostic, PowerPoint Presentations, or Write @Vice Lessons

The Writing Lab has created an internal webpage to better serve faculty requests. Within the internal page, you will find links to the following services:

  • Lab Services PowerPoint Presentation
  • Diagnostic Test Administration Request Form
  • Presentation Request Form
  • Write @Vice Classroom Lessons

To access the internal webpage, do the following:
1. Access
2. Type "Writing Lab" in the search box.
3. Click the "Diagnostic Test and Presentation Lab Services" link.
4. Click on one of the four links to proceed to a form or PowerPoint presentation. 

Diagnostic Test

During the first two weeks of each semester, a member of the Writing Lab staff can be scheduled to administer the Diagnostic Test to a class upon request by the professor. The Lab staff will score the tests, and a lab assistant will return the test scores to the professor’s class at the next scheduled class meeting. During this second visit, the lab assistant will also explain the Lab Work forms, the deadline policies, and other Lab services.  

The 14 skills covered on the Diagnostic Test are as follows:

  • Commas – use of commas for clarity, purpose, and effect
  • Semicolons and Colons – use of semicolons to separate sentences and to separate items in a series; use of colons to precede lists, quotations, and explanations
  • Sentence Errors (Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices) – recognition of incomplete thoughts, two sentences with no punctuation separating them, and two sentences with only a comma separating them
  • Subject-Verb Agreement – grammatical use of singular subjects with singular verb forms ending in –s and plural subjects with plural verb forms not ending in –s
  • Pronoun Reference and Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement – use of pronouns to substitute for a specific noun or pronoun, not an idea or entire sentence; grammatical use of pronouns with antecedents that agree in number and gender
  • Pronoun Case – grammatical use of pronouns depending on their function in the sentence
  • Diction – correct use of words that are commonly misused and confused such as affect and effect, advice and advise, lead and led, and principle and principal
  • Possessives – use of the apostrophe with singular and plural possessive words and with letters, numbers, and words used as words
  • Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers – correct placement of modifying elements and correct wording of sentences with opening participles
  • Verb Forms and Tenses – correct use of the principal parts of verbs, especially the past participle form (has done, has gone, has written, has seen, etc.); correct use of historical past tense, literary present tense, and other troublesome tenses
  • Faulty Comparisons – identification of illogical, double, and incomplete comparisons; use of the comparative and superlative degrees of adjectives and adverbs
  • Parallelism – correct use of conjunctions to connect structurally similar items in a series
  • Adjective and Adverb Use – correct use of adjectives such as good and bad with linking verbs; correct use of adverbs with other kinds of verbs
  • Capitalization, Hyphenation, Italicization, and Quotation Technique – use of capital letters with specific people, places, dates, courses; professional titles and departments; trademarks; etc.; use of hyphens; use of italics for long titles and quotation marks for short titles, dialogue, and other quoted material

PowerPoint Presentations

Write @Vice Presentations