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ACT English: Organization - Chapter Summary
Watch the engaging videos and complete the self-assessment quizzes to review the key concepts for well-organized writing, such as:
- Identifying and avoiding sentences with mixed structures
- Writing better by improving sentence structure
- Composing clear sentences
Learn to identify mixed structures in sentences and why you should avoid them. Practice writing well-organized and concise sentences that clearly express your intent. This chapter also provides you with helpful examples of how the ACT assesses both sentence and paragraph organization.
ACT English Objectives
You can demonstrate your readiness for college-level courses through successful completion of this 75-question, 45-minute portion of the ACT. The following English lessons address the basic elements of rhetorical skills and mechanics:
- Sentence Structure
- Grammar and Usage
The portion of the English section of the ACT that's dedicated to organizational skills makes up 15% of the exam. The multiple-choice questions are based on five reading passages. They test your ability to organize ideas, in addition to your effectiveness in choosing appropriate transitional, opening and closing sentences. You'll receive three scores for the English test, including an overall score and sub scores in rhetorical skills and usage/mechanics. The 35 questions concerned with organization, style and strategy all contribute to the sub score in rhetorical skills.
1. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure
Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.
2. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences
A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.
3. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences
Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.
4. ACT English Practice: Paragraph Organization
Many students struggle with ACT paragraph organization questions, but with the right strategy for approaching them, they're really not that bad. Learn how to tackle them and get some practice here.
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