Reference Books for Writing Skills

Most reference books on grammar and punctuation may be used to prepare for the test section for writing skills. Review the books that may be available in paperback in your local bookstore, and select one that you are comfortable with. The references listed below are books that may be helpful. The first chapter, "Elementary Rules of Usage," by Strunk and White, covers many of the topics in the test section for writing skills. The books listed below are references only and questions may not be taken directly from these sources; however, they do cover many of the topics and rules that may apply to the test questions. Books on grammar and punctuation may also be available from your institution’s training library.

  • The Elements of Style by Strunk and White.
  • Write Right by Jan Venolia.
  • Punctuation for Review and Reference by Edward Voeller.
  • Other basic grammar reference manual or book.