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ACT English: Rhetorical Strategy - Chapter Summary
The rhetorical skills assessed on the English exam of the ACT include strategy, organization and style. You can review rhetorical strategy by watching short videos and completing informative quizzes on the following essential topics:
- Writing strong transitions and transitional sentences
- Using examples and evidence to support writing
Additionally, one of the lessons provides writing practice in rhetorical strategy, to ensure that your essays will have adequate and logical supporting information, in the manner that the ACT tests.
ACT English Objectives
You'll have 45 minutes to complete the 75-question English test. Multiple-choice questions, in which you choose the best answer, follow five reading passages. Many questions refer to a specific portion of the text, while others may concern a complete passage. The English test assesses six crucial elements of effective writing:
The strategy portion of the test constitutes 16% of the questions. You'll want to review the following important skills through our lessons and writing practice to prepare for test day:
- Choosing expressions appropriate for an essay's purpose and audience
- Determining effects of revising, adding or deleting material
- Deciding on the relevancy of statements within the context of essays
Your three scores for the English test will include a total test score, in addition to two sub scores in rhetorical skills and usage/mechanics.
1. How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences
Transitions are the words and sentences that tie a work of writing together. They guide the reader from idea to idea, making connections that turns pieces into a whole. Find out more in this lesson.
2. Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence
Watch this lesson to learn how to make strong arguments and write better papers by using evidence effectively. It's not just about piling on a bunch of facts!
3. ACT English Practice: Rhetorical Strategy
Learn how to answer ACT English questions about details, adding and removing different words or phrases, and other rhetorical strategy issues. See three sample questions with explanations, and then try five more on your own.
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