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09/04/2019

Written Communications for Penn Foster High School?

QUESTION
Written Communications for Penn Foster High School?
I’m taking Penn Foster High School courses right now, and I’m currently waiting to begin my Written Communications class… but it’s taking quite awhile for the ‘take exam’ option to become available. Is this class online or will I be receiving shipments through the mail?

Also, how will my exams be graded?
Am I going to be doing essays or multiple choice?
Am I able to retake exams like my other courses allowed me to?

I currently have a lesson average of 100, and I strive to keep it that way.

Thank you in advance!

ANSWER
Hi there.

If you’ve already completed your preceding course, the Written Communication block should have been automatically “unlocked” to you already – you may want to contact the Penn Foster Help Center if it hasn’t been. Are you able to access the study guide online already?

There is a course textbook, “Word Power Made Easy” by Norman Lewis (ISBN-13: 978-0-671-74190-7) so if that hasn’t been shipped yet, that’s possibly why the course exams remain locked – to ensure you don’t attempt the exams before you have all the study material. That’s a nuisance, because you don’t actually *need* the Norman Lewis book until the second half of the course for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth exams.

My teen took this course about a year ago, before the immediate exam retake option was introduced. At that point the first, second and third exams were multiple-choice; the fourth required an essay on a subject of your own choice, applying the techniques discussed in the first three sections of the study guide; and the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth were multiple choice and based upon the vocabulary covered in the Norman Lewis book. I can’t say for absolute certain, but I imagine you’d be able to retake any or all of the multiple choice exams to bring your grade up if necessary; but the essay is probably a once-only thing unless you fail it outright.

Best of luck with Written Communication – it’s a fun course, especially the second half!