Ch 9: ACT English: Style

About This Chapter

Prepare for the English portion of the ACT exam by reviewing the concept of style. Watch our educational videos and take the corresponding quizzes to make sure that you're ready on test day.

ACT English: Style - Chapter Summary

This chapter will help you review the important rhetorical skill referred to as 'style'. Understanding the following aspects of style can aid in reading comprehension and assist you in perfecting your own writing style:

  • Interpret meaning in prose: mood vs. tone
  • Avoid redundancy in writing

The chapter defines mood and tone and shows how they provide meaning in prose. The redundancy lesson gives examples that illustrate possible effects redundancy has on good writing. The chapter also includes examples of how the ACT test assesses style.

ACT English Objectives

The English part of the ACT exam is a 45-minute, 75-question assessment. Our short video lessons with informative quizzes address six essential elements of effective writing:

Rhetorical Skills

  • Style
  • Strategy
  • Organization

Usage and Mechanics

  • Grammar and Usage
  • Sentence Structure
  • Punctuation

The portion of the ACT that assesses the style aspect of rhetorical skills constitutes 16% of the English test. The following objectives are evaluated on the ACT:

  • Precise and appropriate word choice
  • Even use of style and tone throughout
  • Ambiguity, wordiness and redundancy

You'll read brief essays and answer the multiple-choice questions following each essay. Some exam questions will refer to specific underlined sentences, while others may appear at the end of passages. You'll receive three scores: a total score for all 75 questions, in addition to sub-scores for rhetorical skills (based on 35 questions) and usage/mechanics (based on 40 questions).

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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