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- Available Lessons: 57
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Structure of the ACT English Section
Course SummaryIf you need a little help preparing for the English section of the ACT test, check out our engaging test prep course. Our multiple-choice quizzes can help you practice answering questions about the topics you'll be tested on, and our video lessons clearly explain the topics you're struggling with in a way that's easy to understand.
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About The Course
The quick and convenient video lessons in this course can help you get ready for the English section of the ACT. Each of these lessons can be viewed in about 5 minutes and covers an essential element of English that you'll be asked about on the exam. Learn about subject-verb agreement and review comma usage rules, sentence clarity and misplaced modifiers. Study up on phrasal verbs and methods for identifying the subject of a sentence. You can also use these lessons to get up to speed on the ACT English section's structure and the types of questions you'll see on the exam as well as find some strategies and tips for answering questions on the exam. All the concepts you'll be tested on when you take the English section of the ACT are covered in this course and include:
- Usage, mechanics and rhetorical skills questions found on the exam
- Punctuation rules and usage
- Grammar concepts
- Paragraph and sentence organization
- Rhetorical strategies
- Writing style
About the Exam
Colleges and universities can use ACT scores as part of the admissions process; some schools require ACT scores, and some require that applicants also take the ACT Plus Writing exam, which includes an extra writing component. The English section of the test contains five essays or written passages. You'll find a series of multiple-choice questions that accompany these passages, asking about a specific section or area or the entire passage. The English section has two main sections: usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills. You'll need to answer 75 questions in about 45 minutes. The ACT is a paper-based exam that is given six times per year, at designated testing centers.
ACT English Registration and Preparation
The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes in this ACT prep course can help you practice grammar, mechanics, and rhetorical skills, so that you're ready on test day. You'll find an entire section devoted to helping you get familiar with what's on the exam as well as practice lessons that give you hands-on experience before you take the exam. Each lesson comes with a quiz to help you gauge your understanding of the materials. Refer back to topics you need more help with using the video timeline.
There is a registration fee for the ACT, which covers the four subject tests and your score reports. Registering for the ACT includes score reports sent to four postsecondary schools, in addition to you and your high school. If you'd like to change your testing date or location, add the optional writing test, or report to additional schools, there are additional fees. You can register online and upload your photo for test day identification; online registration allows you to print your test day ticket right away. You won't be able to bring any notes into the test with you. You will need your test day ticket, photo identification, and a few #2 pencils.
ACT English Scoring and Score Reports
Your composite score is made up of your section test scores. There's no penalty for wrong answers. The maximum possible composite test score is 36. You can view your score report online two weeks after your test date; mailed score reports take 3-8 weeks, and allow 5-8 weeks if the writing test is included. Score reports also include information that shows how scores measure up to national averages.
ACT: English Section
Number of questions: 75
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Exam topics covered: Standard English grammar and usage rules. Sentence structure and punctuation. Organization and style of writing, rhetoric and writing strategy.
What you'll learn: The video lessons and quizzes in this course can help you practice where to put apostrophes, dashes, and semicolons. You'll also become familiar with rhetorical strategies, sentence structure and paragraph organization as well as grammar rules and punctuation.
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