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* The book's full subject review refreshes knowledge and covers all topics on the official exam, including vocabulary, reading skills and strategies via interpreting, evaluating, and analyzing a wide variety of texts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738601922
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 9/11/2006
  • Series: Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) Test Prep
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,015,420
  • Age range: 15 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Passing the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) in Reading and Writing
About This Book
This book will provide you with accurate and complete representation of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) in reading and the OGT
in writing. Inside are reviews designed to give you the information and strategies you need to do well on these tests. Four
practice tests are provided, two based on the official OGT in reading and two based on the official OGT in writing. The
practice tests contain every type of question you can expect to encounter on the actual tests. Following each practice test
is an answer key with detailed explanations to help you completely understand the test material.
About the Test
Who Takes These Tests, and What Are They Used For?
The OGT is given to all students throughout Ohio beginning in the spring of students' tenth-grade year. It is given to ensure
that graduating students have mastered essential core academic content and skills. The test is given in five content areas:
reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Students who do not pass the OGT in the tenth grade will have four
more opportunities to retake and pass the OGT before the end of their twelfth-grade year.
 The OGT measures achievement in the skills and competencies outlined in Ohio's Academic Content Standards. The OGT in
reading and OGT in writing measure achievement specifically according to the state's English Language Arts (ELA) Academic
Content Standards. The OGT ensures that all graduating students demonstrate at least a tenth-grade proficiency in all five
content areas. Students must pass each test to earn a high school diploma. A student who does not pass all five tests can
still earn a diploma if he or she meets all the following requirements:
• Passed four of the five tests and missed passing the fifth test by no more than 10 points
• Has a 97 percent attendance rate (excluding excused absences) for all four years of high school and no expulsion in
high school
• Has a grade point average of 2.5 out of 4.0 in the subject area missed and completed the curriculum requirement in
the subject area missed
• Has participated in any intervention programs offered by the school and has a
97 percent attendance rate in any program offered outside the normal school day
• Obtains letters of recommendation from each teacher in the subject area not missed
Is There a Registration Fee?
No. Because all Ohio public and community or nonchartered high school students are required to take the OGT and pass the
tests to receive a high school diploma, no fee is required.
When and Where Is the Test Given?
The OGT is first administered to Ohio high school students in the spring of their tenth-grade year. Makeup testing is offered
a week after administration. Students will have several opportunities to take the OGT in each content area before the end of
their twelfth-grade year. Tests are administered as follows:
• Spring of tenth grade
• Summer between tenth and eleventh grades (optional)
• Fall and spring of eleventh grade
• Summer between eleventh and twelfth grades (optional)
• Fall and spring of twelfth grade
Test Accommodations and Special Situations
Every student in Ohio must take the OGT or an alternative assessment. Every effort is made to provide a level playing field
for students with disabilities taking the OGT and seeking a standard high school diploma. Accommodations are made for
students who meet certain criteria, such as students with disabilities or limited English proficiency.
 A student with significant cognitive disabilities and whose Individual Education Plan requires the student to take a
different test can take the OGT Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities. This test measures achievement based on
criteria that reflect the achievement of the individual student. For more information about accommodations and the OGT
Alternate Assessment, go to the Ohio Department of Education website at Students can also ask questions of their school counselors.
Additional Information and Support
Additional resources to help you prepare to take the OGT can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website at
How to Use This Book
What Do I Study First?
Read over the review sections and the suggestions for test taking. Studying the review sections thoroughly will reinforce the
basic skills you need to do well on the test. Be sure to take the practice tests to become familiar with the format and
procedures involved with taking the actual OGT.
When Should I Start Studying?
It is never too early to start studying for the OGT. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your
skills. Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study, because it does now allow you the time needed to
learn the test material. The sooner you learn the format of the exam, the more time you will have to familiarize yourself
with its content.
Format of the OGT
Overview of the OGT
The OGT in reading and writing are designed to test students' abilities to read and write, and also tests their knowledge of
basic literary concepts and familiarity with basic writing strategies. The OGT in reading requires students to answer
thirty-two multiple-choice questions, four short-response questions and two extended-response questions on the reading
process, reading application and vocabulary. Passages on this test may be literary or informational.
 The OGT in writing requires students to compose essays in response to two writing prompts and to answer ten
multiple-choice questions and one short-response question on the writing process.
Scoring of the OGT
On the OGT in reading, each multiple-choice question is worth 1 point, each short-response question is worth 2 points, and
each extended-response question is worth 4 points, for a total of 38 items and 48 possible points.
 Student responses on the OGT in writing are assessed by two readers. Each reader assigns a score of 0 to 6 for
writing applications and a score of 0 to 3 for writing conventions. The scores assigned by each reader are then added
together. Because students are required to respond to two writing prompts, a total of 36 points may be achieved on the
writing prompt portion of the OGT in writing. Additionally, each multiple-choice question is worth 1 point, and the
short-response question is worth 2 points, for a total of 13 items and 48 possible points.
Test-Taking Strategies
What to Do Before the Test
• Pay attention in class.
• Carefully work through the review sections of this book. Mark any topics that you find difficult so you can focus on
them while studying and get extra help if necessary.
• Take the practice tests and become familiar with the format of the OGT. When you are practicing, simulate the
conditions under which you will be taking the actual test. Stay calm and pace yourself. After simulating the test only a
couple of times, you will feel more confident, and this will boost your chances of doing well.
• You can relieve test anxiety, build confidence, and increase test success by being well prepared. A lot of test
anxiety and stress will go away if you keep up with homework assignments and class work. Then, you can focus on the test with
a clearer, more confident mind. It will help to talk to your parents and teachers if you are feeling nervous about this test
or tests in general. They may be able to suggest some useful strategies to help you feel more relaxed so you can do your best
on tests.
What to Do During the Test
• Read all the possible answers. Just because you think you have found the correct response, do not automatically
assume that it is the best answer. Read through each answer choice to be sure that you are not making a mistake by jumping to
• Use the process of elimination. Go through each answer to a question and eliminate as many of the answer choices as
possible. By eliminating two answer choices, you will give yourself a better chance of getting the item correct, because you
will have only two other choices to choose from.
• Work quickly and steadily, and avoid focusing on any one question for too long. Taking the practice tests in this
book will help you learn to budget your time on the actual test.
• Work on the easiest questions first. If you find yourself working too long on one question, make a mark next to it on
your test booklet and continue. After you have answered all the questions you know, go back to the ones you skipped.
• Be sure that the answer oval you are marking corresponds to the number of the question in the test booklet. Because
the multiple-choice sections are graded by machine, marking one wrong answer can throw off your answer key and your score. Be
extremely careful.
• Work from the answer choices. You can use a multiple-choice format to your advantage by working backward from the
answer choices to answer the question. You may be able to make an educated guess after eliminating choices that you know do
not fit the question.
Benchmarks of the OGT
Chapter 1: Vocabulary, Part 1
Acquisition of Vocabulary
Use context clues and text structures to determine the meaning of new vocabulary.
Explain how different events have influenced and changed the English language.
Apply knowledge of roots and affixes to determine the meanings of complex words and subject-area vocabulary.
Grade Level Indicators
Define unknown words through context clues and the author's use of comparison, contrast and cause and effect.
Examine and discuss ways historical events have influenced the English language.
Use knowledge of Greek, Latin and Anglo-Saxon roots, prefixes and suffixes to understand complex words and new subject-area
vocabulary (e.g., unknown words in science, mathematics, social studies).
Chapter 2: Vocabulary, Part 2
Acquisition of Vocabulary
Recognize the importance and function of figurative language.
Grade Level Indicators
Infer the literal and figurative meanings of words and phrases and discuss the function of figurative language, including
metaphors, similes, idioms and puns.
Reading Applications: Literary Text
Identify and analyze how an author uses figurative language, sound devices and literary techniques to shape plot, set meaning
and develop tone.
Grade Level Indicators
Recognize how irony is used in a literary text.
Analyze the author's use of point of view, mood and tone.
Explain how authors use symbols to create broader meanings.
Describe the effect of using sound devices in literary texts (e.g., to create rhythm, to appeal to the senses or to establish
Explain ways in which an author develops a point of view and style (e.g., figurative language, sentence structure and tone),
and cite specific examples from the text.
Chapter 3: Main Idea, Theme and Supporting Details
Reading Process: Concepts of Print, Comprehension Strategies and Self-Monitoring Strategies
Apply reading comprehension strategies to understand grade-appropriate text.
Grade Level Indicators
Apply reading comprehension strategies, including making predictions, comparing and contrasting, recalling and summarizing,
and making inferences and drawing conclusions.
Reading Applications: Literary Text
Analyze the use of a genre to express a theme or topic.
Grade Level Indicators
Analyze how an author's choice of genre affects the expression of a theme or topic.
Chapter 4: Evaluating Information
Reading Process: Concepts of Print, Comprehension Strategies and Self-Monitoring Strategies
Apply reading comprehension strategies to understand grade-appropriate text.
Demonstrate comprehension of print and electronic text by responding to questions (literal, inferential, evaluative and
Grade Level Indicators
Apply reading comprehension strategies, including making predictions, comparing and contrasting, recalling and summarizing,
and making inferences and drawing conclusions.
Answer literal, inferential, evaluative and synthesizing questions to demonstrate comprehension of grade-appropriate print
texts and electronic and visual media.
Chapter 5: Author's Purpose
Reading Applications: Informational, Technical and Persuasive Text
Identify examples of rhetorical devices and valid and invalid inferences, and explain how authors use these devices to
achieve their purposes and reach their intended audiences.
Explain and analyze how an author appeals to an audience and develops an argument or viewpoint in text.
Grade Level Indicators
Assess the adequacy, accuracy and appropriateness of an author's details, identifying persuasive techniques (e.g., bandwagon,
testimonial, transfer, glittering generalities, emotional word repetition, bait and switch) and examples of propaganda, bias
and stereotyping.
Analyze an author's implicit and explicit argument, perspective or viewpoint in text.
Identify appeals to authority, reason and emotion.
Identify the features of rhetorical devices used in common types of public documents, including newspaper editorials and
Chapter 6: Literary Texts
Reading Applications: Literary Text
Analyze interactions between characters in literary text and how the interactions affect the plot.
Identify the structural elements of the plot and explain how an author develops conflicts and plot to pace the events in
literary text.
Grade Level Indicators
Compare and contrast an author's use of direct and indirect characterization, and ways in which characters reveal traits
about themselves, including dialect, dramatic monologues and soliloquies.
Distinguish how conflicts, parallel plots and subplots affect the pacing of action in literary text.
Explain how literary techniques, including foreshadowing and flashback, are used to shape the plot of a literary text
Recognize how irony is used in a literary text.
Chapter 7: Nonfiction Texts
Reading Applications: Informational, Technical and Persuasive Text
Evaluate how features and characteristics make information accessible and usable and how structures help authors achieve
their purposes.
Analyze whether graphics supplement textual information and promote the author's purpose.
Grade Level Indicators
Identify and understand organizational patterns (e.g., cause-effect, problem-solution) and techniques, including repetition
of ideas, syntax and word choice, that authors use to accomplish their purposes and reach their intended audiences.
Analyze information found in maps, charts, tables, graphs, diagrams, cutaways and overlays.
Compare and contrast the effectiveness of the features (e.g., format, sequence, headers) used in various consumer documents
(e.g., warranties, product information, instructional materials), functional or workplace documents (e.g., job-related
materials, memoranda, instructions) and public documents (e.g., speeches, newspaper editorials).

Chapter 8: Writing an Essay
Writing Applications
Produce letters (e.g., business letters, letters to the editor, job applications) that follow the conventional style
appropriate to the text, include appropriate details and exclude extraneous details and inconsistencies.
Write a persuasive piece that states a clear position, includes relevant information and offers compelling evidence in the
form of facts and details.
Grade Level Indicators
Write business letters, letters to the editor and job applications that do the following:
Address audience needs, stated purpose and context in a clear and efficient manner
Follow the conventional style appropriate to the text, using proper technical terms
Include appropriate facts and details
Exclude extraneous details and inconsistencies
Provide a sense of closure to the writing
Write informational essays or reports, including research, that do the following:
Pose relevant and tightly drawn questions that engage the reader
Provide a clear and accurate perspective on the subject
Create an organizing structure appropriate to the purpose, audience and context
Support the main ideas with facts, details, examples and explanations from sources
Document sources and include bibliographies
Write persuasive compositions that do the following:
Support arguments with detailed evidence
Exclude irrelevant information
Cite sources of information
Writing Conventions
Use correct spelling conventions.
Use correct punctuation and capitalization.
Demonstrate understanding of the grammatical conventions of the English language.
Grade Level Indicators
Use correct spelling conventions.
Use correct capitalization and punctuation.
Use clauses (e.g., main, subordinate) and phrases (e.g., gerund, infinitive, participial).
Use parallel structure to present items in a series and items juxtaposed for emphasis.
Use proper placement of modifiers.

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Table of Contents

About Research & Education Association
Passing the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)
in Reading and Writing
About This Book
About the Test
How to Use This Book
Format of the OGT
Test-Taking Strategies
Benchmarks of the OGT
Section 1: Reading
Chapter 1: Vocabulary, Part 1
Deriving Meaning
Context Clues
Word Structure
Passage 1:
Departure (excerpt from Winesburg, Ohio)
Passage 2: Annabel Lee
Passage 3: The Six Nations of the Iroquois
Passage 4: Curious Crop Circles
Answers and Explanations
Chapter 2: Vocabulary, Part 2
Author's Word Choice
Tone and Mood
Passage 1: The Man He Killed
Passage 2:
Excerpt from Up from Slavery:
An Autobiography
Passage 3: William Shakespeare: Poet and Playwright
Passage 4: Excerpt from "The False Gems"
Answers and Explanations
Chapter 3: Main Idea, Theme and Supporting Details
Main Idea
Supporting Details
Passage 1: Excerpt from "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Passage 2: The Coolest Invention
Passage 3: The Thinking Spot
Passage 4: John Mercer Langston: Ohio Abolitionist
Answers and Explanations
Chapter 4: Evaluating Information
How Do You Evaluate Information?
Passage 1:
Safe at Sixteen? Why We Should Raise the Legal Driving Age
Passage 2:
American Aid Essential for First-Rate
Foreign Relations
Passage 3: Lively Lizards: The Colorful Chameleon
Passage 4:
Carbohydrate Craze: Carb-Free Is
Answers and Explanations
Chapter 5: Author's Purpose
Why Do Authors Write?
Passage 1: Unwinding Our Minds
Passage 2: Tarantula Tamer
Passage 3: Don't Sweat Global Warming
Passage 4: The Truth About Year-Round Education
Answers and Explanations
Chapter 6: Literary Texts
Literary Elements
Conflict and Resolution
Passage 1: Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?
Passage 2: Ripe Figs
Passage 3: Excerpt from Hamlet
Passage 4: Excerpt from "The Hypnotist"
Answers and Explanations
Chapter 7: Nonfiction Texts
Reading and Understanding Nonfiction
Passage 1: Fuel of the Future
Passage 2: Daydreams Save the Day
Passage 3:
A Rose by Any Other Name: The Debate over the "Real" Shakespeare
Passage 4: MP3: Decompressed
Answers and Explanations
Section 2: Writing
Chapter 8: Writing an Essay
OGT Writing Prompts
Developing Your Essay
How Essays Are Graded
Sample Essays
Chapter 9: Revising and Editing

Hints for Taking the Multiple-Choice and
Short-Response Portions of the OGT in Writing
Revision Practice for the OGT in Writing
Answers and Explanations
Practice Test 1: Reading
Practice Test 1: Writing
Answers and Explanations: Reading
Answers and Explanations: Writing
Practice Test 2: Reading
Practice Test 2: Writing
Answers and Explanations: Reading
Answers and Explanations: Writing
Answer Sheets
Answer Key
Photo Credits

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