Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.
We've just launched our new college search tool at http://www.collegeconfidential.com/schools. Use this form to provide feedback as we continue to work toward a more robust solution to best meet your needs.
While general discussion about the ACT test is allowed by ACT, discussion of test questions may violate your agreement with ACT. Please be thoughtful in your posts and replies.

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.
Post edited by StanfordCS on

Replies to: ACT English Strategies

  • smarts1smarts1 Registered User Posts: 681 Member
    Just know your grammar.
  • Eed5712Eed5712 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Trust your ear
  • StanfordCSStanfordCS - Posts: 1,160 Senior Member
    Any other strategies? This is by far my worst section.
  • LoremIpsumLoremIpsum Registered User Posts: 3,501 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 Registered User Posts: 3,501 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.
This discussion has been closed.