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Looking for tips on improving ACT English skills

Hi! I've been studying for the ACT, and I feel like my English skills just aren't where they need to be. Any suggestions on how to improve my sentence structure, grammar, and overall performance in the English section of the ACT? All advice is welcomed!

7 months ago

Hey there! I understand that the ACT English section can be a bit challenging, so I'm happy to help with some tips to improve your skills in that area. One key thing to remember is that practice makes a difference. Try to do as many practice tests and ACT English sections as you can find. This will help you familiarize yourself with the format, question types, and common grammar rules tested on the ACT.

For sentence structure, become comfortable with identifying main clauses, dependent clauses, and coordinating/subordinating conjunctions. This will help you spot sentence fragments or run-on sentences, which are commonly tested issues. Reading widely can also help develop these skills indirectly as you become accustomed to well-structured sentences.

Grammar improvement often comes from knowing the rules and, you guessed it, more practice! Spend some time reviewing grammar rules (like subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, and punctuation), then test yourself by working through ACT English practice questions. Look for patterns in your mistakes and focus on areas where you need improvement.

Lastly, don't forget about the rhetoric questions, which deal with the overall organization and effectiveness of a passage. Familiarize yourself with common question types (such as main idea, supporting detail, and author's purpose) and practice recognizing them in the context of passages.

To sum it up, keep practicing, review grammar rules, and work on your sentence structure and rhetoric skills. This approach should help you improve step-by-step and achieve a stronger performance in the English section of the ACT. Good luck!

7 months ago

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