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Four Guiding Principles. ACT English Prep. Structure. 75 questions Usage/Mechanics: 40 Punctuation: 10 Basic Grammar and Usage: 12 Sentence Structure: 18 Rhetorical Skills 35 Strategy: 12 Organization: 11 Style: 12 5 Selections 45 Minutes. Scores. 36 Point Scale

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structure
Structure

75 questions

Usage/Mechanics: 40

Punctuation: 10

Basic Grammar and Usage: 12

Sentence Structure: 18

Rhetorical Skills 35

Strategy: 12

Organization: 11

Style: 12

5 Selections

45 Minutes

scores
Scores

36 Point Scale

33 is 99th percentile (91.667)

20 is 53rd percentile (55.556)

Know what you Need

ACT's Purpose is to Stratify

1 act loves brevity
1: ACT Loves Brevity

Redundancy is wrong.

Specific language is best.

Modifiers and details will be tested.

“Less is more.”

2 act loves parallelism
2: ACT Loves Parallelism

Components of lists and comparisons must be of the same grammatical structure.

Franklin likes to hunt, to fish, and camping.

Janet enjoys sketching children at play, but she dislikes to paint them in watercolors (Wrong, wrong…fix it).

3 act loves verb tense
3: ACT Loves Verb Tense

Look at the big picture; determine from the whole selection the tense.

Does the questioned section deviate from that?

4 act loves antecedents
4: ACT Loves Antecedents

Look at the big picture; know the nouns to which pronouns refer back.

His/Her versus Their

Beginning sentences/paragraphs with pronouns usually wrong.

determine purpose
Determine Purpose

What is the selection about?

For whom is this written?

How formal is the tone?

What does this selection hope to achieve?

Inform

Persuade

Entertain