Business & Technical Communications Program
Grammar-Terminology Diagnostic

Welcome to the Grammar-Terminology Diagnostic for students in the Business & Technical Communications Program at Austin Community college, Austin, Texas. This sentence diagnostic is a 50-item quiz that asks you to identify parts of speech, parts of the sentence, and types of phrases and clauses in highlighted versions of the same sentence.

This diagnostic covers the following categories:

Nouns Subjects in independent & dependent clauses Appositives
Pronouns Verbs in independent & dependent clauses Participial phrases
Adjectives Direct objects in independent & dependent clauses Gerunds and gerund phrases
Adverbs Predicates Infinitives and infinitive phrases
Conjunctions: coordinating, subordinating, adverbial Subject complements Noun clauses
Prepositions & prepositional phrases Independent & dependent clauses Adjective clauses
Objects of prepositions Verbs: transitive, intransitive, linking, auxiliary Adverb clauses

The preceding is certainly a load of terminology, but you can do nicely if you are fairly confident in recognizing between a half-dozen and a dozen of the most important terms above. Before taking this diagnostic, you are welcome to review grammar terminology. (Terminology for this diagnostic is based on Alred, Brusaw, and Oliu, Handbook of Technical Writing, any edition. New York: Bedford/St. Martin.)

The 50 items may take you up to an hour and a half to complete. You can pause and then resume (jot down your ID code). When you finish, you see how you did in each category as well as on the whole. The diagnostic saves your results page which will indicate areas to study and link you to readings and exercises. It will also enable you to specify due dates for the categories to study and then mark them off when you complete them.

  • You cannot use Favorites or Bookmarks during the diagnostic. The only way to pause is to press Take a break.
  • Your answers are saved every 10 items. If you crash, return to this page and use your ID to resume.

If you are ready to start this diagnostic from the beginning, enter your name and e-mail address and press Start:
Your name:
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If you are returning, just enter your ID code and press Resume:

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