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JOHN BAYLOR TEST PREP Jumping Your Score: the Best Paying Job a High School Student Could Ever Have!
THE ACT Test #1 ENGLISH • 75 Questions • 45 Minutes • 40 Questions • 35 Minutes Test #2 READING
THE ACT Test #5 WRITING • 30 minutes
FINISH EACH TEST • Narrow the answers down to TWO. • Make a choice • Don’t leave any unanswered questions.
ENGLISH (JBTP Strategy) • Read first time through with ‘a’: in or out • Reread, plugging in ‘b’” in or out • Look at shortened version with ‘c’: in or out • Look at shortened version with ‘d’: in or out • GET IT DOWN TO TWO • Armed with JBTP’s Grammar Rules, reread each and make a choice. • QUICK-CHECK: reread, plugging in your choice
The JBTP Grammar Rules 1. Less is More Go with the shortest answer unless the shortest is horrible. • Honor thy Commas Exaggerate the pause and the inflection change.
The JBTP Grammar Rules 3. A full sentence: has three components. • A subject • A verb • A complete thought • Subject – Verb agreement: subjects agree with their verbs in number (singular or plural). When there is a single word underlined it is probably a verb. Every verb has a subject. When hunting down the subject, slash the prep phrase.
The JBTP Grammar Rules 5. Each, none, neither, either, anybody, someone, everyone, everybody: are all singular. • Apostrophes: Show possession. • If one owner: ‘s • If more than one owner: s’ • Men’s, women’s, children’s, and people’s are always ‘s.
The JBTP Grammar Rules 7. Contractions • ALWAYS say both words. • Less formal…less urgent • Who’s v Whose 8. Semi-colons, colons, and dashes • ; = ,and • : = example(s) to follow c. - = comma or colon
The JBTP Grammar Rules 9. The PRINCIPAL is your Pal; while your PRINCIPLES are your values. Effect is a noun. Affect is a verb. • How to put two sentences into one sentence (two independent clauses). • ; • , and
The JBTP Grammar Rules 11. Irregular Verbs • Today I present. • Yesterday I past. • For years I have perfect. 12. Prepositions
The JBTP Grammar Rules 13. Extra information has commas or dashes around it. • Parallelism Stay with the trend within a sentence.
The JBTP Grammar Rules • Pronouns • Clear antecedent • Agree in number and gender with its antecedent • Get rid of names around the pronoun • Thin of something identical that you do understand. e. Comparison with a pronoun at the end: add the verb in your head. f. The verb ‘to be’ g. Who v Whom -take it out and plug in ‘he.’ If it works go with ‘who.’
The JBTP Grammar Rules 16. Transition Words a. EXPECTATIONS… 17. A descriptive clause modifies only what immediately comes before or after.
The JBTP Grammar Rules 18. Voice cannot change within a sentence. • Comparing multiple things. • Two things use – er, more, or less • Three or more use - est, most, or least
The JBTP Grammar Rules 20. Non-words 21. Idioms
The JBTP Grammar Rules 22. Subjunctive mood a. If a sentence has ‘if’, ‘suppose’, or ‘I wish’ go with ‘were’ as the verb. • When truly torn between two answers, cross out all the gunk: • Prep phrases • Adjectives • Adverbs • Extra info.
The JBTP Grammar Rules 24. Conjunctions • neither…nor • Either…or • Not only…but also *identical word order follows each conjunction.