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Ch 2: ACT English: Section Overview

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Review the questions on English usage and mechanics and rhetorical skills for the college-entry ACT exam. Video lessons cover all of the components of the English portion of the test in a clear and engaging manner.

ACT English: Section Overview - Chapter Summary

The ACT English exam will test your knowledge of six writing elements. These elements are organized into two main areas: usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills. Our video lessons will show you the types of questions you can expect to find in both of these exam areas. You'll get info on how to answer questions about:

  • Punctuation
  • Grammar and usage
  • Sentence structure
  • Strategy
  • Style
  • Organization

In this chapter, you'll learn about the structure of the English portion of the ACT and get strategy hints for answering the usage and mechanics and rhetorical questions on the exam. This chapter also offers tips for making smart guesses on the questions that have you stumped. Each of the short video lessons in this chapter is accompanied by a quiz that you can use to practice for the multiple-choice questions that are asked on the exam.

ACT English Objectives

The ACT test assesses your readiness for college coursework. In the English portion of the test, you'll answer 75 questions in a 45-minute test period. Our English lessons cover all of the topics you'll find on the actual ACT exam, including:

  • The relationship between punctuation and meaning
  • Punctuation conventions
  • Subject and verb agreement
  • Sentence construction
  • Opening and closing sentence usage
  • Topic development and statement relevance
  • Word selection, essay tone and sentence effectiveness

The multiple-choice questions in the English portion of the test are arranged around five prose passages. You'll be asked to look at underlined portions of each passage, certain sections or the entire passage when answering questions. The questions in the English portion of the ACT are almost evenly divided between the two main areas of usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills.

6 Lessons in Chapter 2: ACT English: Section Overview
Structure of the ACT English Section

1. Structure of the ACT English Section

Learn the main features of the ACT English section, including the number of questions, the test organization, and the types of questions you can expect to see. Practice identifying different question types so that you can nail them on the exam!

Types of Usage/Mechanics Questions on the ACT English

2. Types of Usage/Mechanics Questions on the ACT English

There are three main types of Usage and Mechanics questions on the English section of the ACT. Learn the three types of questions and practice with sample questions.

Strategy for Usage/Mechanics Questions on the ACT English

3. Strategy for Usage/Mechanics Questions on the ACT English

Learn three strategies for Usage and Mechanics questions on the English section of the ACT exam. These strategies will help you avoid making careless mistakes. Using them successfully can lead to a higher score on the exam.

Types of Rhetorical Skills Questions on the ACT English

4. Types of Rhetorical Skills Questions on the ACT English

Learn about the three main types of rhetorical skills questions on the ACT English as well as some helpful strategies for answering these questions correctly.

Strategy for Rhetorical Skills Questions on the ACT English

5. Strategy for Rhetorical Skills Questions on the ACT English

Learn strategies for answering style, strategy, and organization questions on the ACT English exam. You can use these strategies for about 50% of the questions on the ACT English.

How to Make Smart Guesses on the ACT English

6. How to Make Smart Guesses on the ACT English

Learn guessing strategies for the ACT English exam. There's no penalty for guessing incorrectly, and these strategies can help increase your chances of getting the right answer. Use these strategies to boost your score if you don't know the answer or are running out of time.

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