Ch 3: ACT English: Punctuation

About This Chapter

Need to practice elements of punctuation to prep for the ACT exam? This chapter features video lessons on the most essential forms of punctuation and offers quizzes for you to test your knowledge and understanding of each concept.

ACT English: Punctuation - Chapter Summary

Master the correct use of punctuation in written English with our ACT review lessons. These lessons cover the punctuation you need to know for success on the ACT English section. Lessons in this chapter cover:

  • Commas
  • Semicolons
  • Colons
  • Periods
  • Parentheses
  • Dashes

The lessons in this chapter contain basic rules and correct usage of punctuation within written English as well as practice questions and quizzes that can test your comprehension of the topics. Each component is broken down into easy-to-digest video lessons to make sure you understand the fundamental elements of punctuation and help you pass the ACT exam.

ACT English Objectives

The ACT is a college-entry assessment exam used to determine your readiness for upper-level coursework. The multiple-choice punctuation questions comprise 13% of the English section of the exam. Our lessons on punctuation cover all of the topics you'll be tested on in the actual ACT exam. Some of the objectives of these lessons include:

  • Apostrophe usage with singular, plural and multiple nouns
  • Correct comma usage to offset appositives and clauses
  • The use of colons, semicolons and sentence-ending punctuation
  • Using parentheses or dashes to offset statements

The English portion of the ACT exam includes five passages of text, each followed by a series of questions about the passage. Punctuation questions refer to underlined sections of the preceding passage, asking whether the punctuation used is correct or how it should be changed.

10 Lessons in Chapter 3: ACT English: Punctuation
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

1. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

2. Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

Learn more about comma usage from the pros! There are just too many ways to use the comma (it's a basic punctuation mark, after all) to fit in one sentence. Watch here to learn about some of the more common traps students fall into when trying to put commas in the right place.

ACT English Practice: Commas

3. ACT English Practice: Commas

Comma trouble got you down? Test your skills with some guided practice and become a certifiable comma hero before you tackle some questions on your own in the quiz.

Apostrophes: Possession with Singular, Plural and Multiple Nouns

4. Apostrophes: Possession with Singular, Plural and Multiple Nouns

Confused about possessives and plurals? Don't know your from you're? Well, that's about to change! In this lesson, you'll learn just a few simple rules to help you figure out when to use apostrophes and why.

ACT English Practice: Apostrophes

5. ACT English Practice: Apostrophes

Not quite confident in your apostrophe skills? In this lesson, you'll get some practice working through ACT English questions with apostrophes, including plurals, possessives, plural possessives, and those tricky little words like their/they're/there.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

6. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.

ACT English Practice: Colons, Semicolons & Periods

7. ACT English Practice: Colons, Semicolons & Periods

In this lesson, you'll work on some practice questions using three different punctuation marks that can connect or separate complete thoughts: colons, semicolons and periods.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

8. Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

Parentheses and dashes are two different (but often confused) ways of setting off a chunk of information within a sentence - do you know how to use them correctly?

ACT English Practice: Parentheses and Dashes

9. ACT English Practice: Parentheses and Dashes

Watch this lesson to get some guided practice using parentheses and dashes. You'll walk through three problems with some help, and then try a few more on your own.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

10. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.

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