Category Archive: ACT English Test Tips

Tips for taking the ACT English Test

Check Your Colons

Every ACT test will likely have a couple of problems that test you on your knowledge of the proper use of colons.  Let’s review the tips for using colons properly. A colon is used after a complete sentence to add additional information.  The information is usually a list, an explanation, or a quotation.  When you …

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ACT English Test: Using Commas in a Series

There are usually quite a few questions on the ACT English test related to the use of the comma. In fact, on many tests, about half of the punctuation questions involve the proper use of the comma.  Here is one rule for dealing with commas. Use a comma to separate three or more items in …

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ACT English Test: Assure/Ensure

The ACT English Test will sometimes use some words that might be a bit confusing.  For example, “assure” and “ensure” and often used incorrectly.  So what’s the difference between “assure” and “ensure”?

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Format of the ACT English Test

The ACT English test consists of five passages with 15 questions for each passage, for a total of 75 questions. There are 40 questions based on usage and mechanics, and 35 questions based on rhetorical skills. There aren’t any questions on spelling or vocabulary, although having a good vocabulary will help you be able to …

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