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English ACT prep

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Anna Thomas

on 15 March 2013

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Transcript of English ACT prep

The format The English section of the ACT is 45 minutes long and has 75 questions.

There are usually five essays or passages, and each passage has about 15 questions.

You have 9 minutes per passage, or a little more than 30 seconds per question.

It is basically a test of proofreading and editing. p. 292 #1-15 the basics English ACT Strategies 1. Set your watch to 11:15. Why?

2. Don't read the directions during the test. Read them now! p. 292

3. Answer the questions as you get to them. Common Errors Pronoun - Antecedent Agreement (especially with "they/them" and "he or she/his or her"

Pronoun Usage (I or me)

Confusing words (its/it's, whose/who's, their/they're)

Punctuation - especially semicolons, colons,
and dashes

Who or Whom Wordiness Writing that is "wordy" basically contains too many words -- it might be redundant or just excessive.

On many questions, "OMIT" is one of the answer choices. "OMIT" means to take it out or delete the underlined part of the sentence.

The English ACT seems to value concise (simple) writing. "OMIT" or the shortest answer is often the correct answer if it does not contain a new error! The Bottom Line 1. Remember to read the sentences carefully the first time and notice if, for example, the subject and verb are separated or other tricky aspects.

2. Read all of the answer choices carefully and notice the difference between them. Circle the differences if necessary.

3. After you have chosen an answer, re-read the sentence, substituting the answer you've selected for the underlined portion or the boxed numeral.

4. Always eliminate answers that you are completely sure are wrong by crossing them out in your test booklet. Practice A true friend would never let their friend drive drunk. Is this correct? If you have any questions about math, you should ask your math teacher or me. IS this correct? How can you figure it out? its = possessive
it's = it is

whose = possessive
who's = who is

their = possessive
they're = they are
there = location Punctuation semicolons = function like a period. Complete sentences on both sides.

colons = beginning of a list

dashes = used to set off parenthetical information-you must "close the dash" like you have an opening and closing parenthesis. Who or Whom? Who is a subject (does the action); whom is an object (receives the action) Rephrase the statement as a question.
If you could answer the question with he, use who.
If you could answer the question with him,
use whom.
The phrases "to whom" and "for whom" always use "whom."

Who/Whom is the principal of our school?

John charmed (whoever/whomever) he spoke with. 1. A commas
2. G commas
3. C verb
4. H wordiness
5. B relevance
6. J transitions
7. C commas
8. J transitions
9. B. ambiguous pronouns
10. F punctuation
11. D clarity
12. F verb tense
13. A organization/tone
14. G organization
15. D purpose
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