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ACT English Strategies

StanfordCSStanfordCS Posts: 1,160- Senior Member
edited June 2011 in ACT Preparation
Can someone please give me the BEST tips available for the ACT English? This is my lowest sub score, and I need assistance to bring it up.

Taking ACT in June 2011.
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Replies to: ACT English Strategies

  • smarts1smarts1 Posts: 680Registered User Member
    Just know your grammar.
  • Eed5712Eed5712 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    Trust your ear
  • StanfordCSStanfordCS Posts: 1,160- Senior Member
    Any other strategies? This is by far my worst section.
  • LoremIpsumLoremIpsum Posts: 3,497Registered User Senior Member
    Carefully go through Silverturtle's grammar guide for the SAT. English grammar rules are English grammar rules for ACT or SAT!:
    SAT Preparation - College Confidential

    The ACT tries to trap you by using sentences that often sound OK in casual conversation, but are not correct in formal English. So the "what sounds right" rule-of-thumb can get you in trouble. Be sure you know the rules and can explain why a given answer is correct or not and you should ace the section.
  • LoremIpsumLoremIpsum Posts: 3,497Registered User Senior Member
    Advice from my son, who aced the ACT twice:


    The English and reading sections both tend to have questions where none of the answers seem to make any sense. It's important to note that anything that's not entirely true in an answer — even if it's a minor detail — seems to automatically make that answer wrong. If only one answer is completely factually correct, you must choose it, even if it doesn't quite answer the question. Also, the English section is obsessive about comma placement, so that's always a useful topic to review.
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