The ACT English section contains 75-question to be completed in a test of 45-minute duration. That works out to be roughly 36 seconds per question, and it means that you have to be fast enough
Each ACT English test has 5 essays / passages, which will be followed by a couple of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Specific phrases, sentences, paragraph or the entire passage as a whole could be the test piece.
Scope of ACT English
There are two broad classifications namely
- Usage and Mechanics (including punctuation, grammar, usage, and sentence structure). For this in-depth knowledge of grammar and punctuations are required.
- Rhetorical Skills (including strategy, organisation, and style). Better comprehending power is the basic requirement of this section.
Even though there is a sub score for each of the above two categories, they are negligible in the overall scenario of ACT English exam. Incidentally, specific testing on Spelling and vocabulary is not a part of the test.
A. Punctuation (10-15%)
These questions test conventions of internal and end-of-sentence punctuation. You have to understand correct comma, apostrophe, period, and semicolon use.
Punctuation questions emphasise the relationship of punctuation to meaning.
B. Grammar and Usage (15-20%)
This to test your understanding of grammar rules like an ag
C. Sentence Structure (20-25%)
This is to test your understanding of relationships between and among clauses, placement of modifiers, and shifts in construction.
You are now thinking about the passage an argument as a whole. You have to find the answer choices that make the ideas, organization, and style of the passage clearer.
A. Strategy (15-20%)
By choosing words or phrases that match the audience and purpose, You also have to judge the effect of adding, revising, or deleting supporting material.
B. Organization (10-15%)
This is to test how well you organise ideas and choose effective opening, transitional, and closing sentences.
C. Style (15-20%)
This is to test how well you select precise and appropriate words as well as images,
To maintain the level of style and tone you should have a good grasp of the passage's tone and meaning to get these questions right.
Knowing ACT Format better is helpful
The ACT English test being a predictable test, your consistent work should help to come out in flying colour.
Although there have been a few recent changes, the test format has (in general) stayed pretty consistent over the past few decades. This works to your advantage for a few very important reasons.