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How to Improve Your ACT English Score: 9 Tips From a Perfect Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 15, 2017 9:02:00 AM

ACT English

Are you struggling with ACT English scores between 14-24? You're not alone - hundreds of thousands of other students are scoring in this range. But many don't know the best ways to break out of this score range and get 26+ on the ACT.

Here we'll discuss how to improve ACT English score effectively, and why it's so important to do so. Put these principles to work and I'm confident you'll be able to improve your score.

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How to Get 36 on ACT English: 10 Strategies From a Perfect Scorer

Posted by Allen Cheng | Oct 14, 2017 7:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies, ACT English

Are you scoring in the 26–34 range on ACT English? Do you want to raise that score as high as possible—to a perfect 36?

Getting to a 36 ACT English score isn't easy. It'll require near perfection and mastery of both grammar rules and rhetorical skills. But with hard work and my ACT English strategies below, you'll be able to do it. I've consistently scored 36 on English on my real ACTs, and I know what it takes. Follow my advice, and you'll get a perfect score—or get very close.

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ACT English: Word Choice and Diction Errors

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Aug 27, 2017 7:30:00 AM

ACT English

One of the trickier concepts that you will be tested on ACT English is your ability to choose the right word from among many that are not quite right, and to spot when words are being used incorrectly.

Are you confident in your ability to find the differences in a group of similar words? Can you distinguish what’s needed from the context of a question?

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The Complete Guide to ACT Grammar Rules

Posted by Laura Registrato | Aug 10, 2017 7:30:00 PM

ACT Strategies, ACT English

Even though the English language is complex, ACT English tests a specific set of grammar rules. Furthermore, it tests these rules the same way, over and over again.

In this complete guide, we've compiled the comprehensive list of ACT English grammar rules you need to know to ace the ACT English section. If you master all these rules and practice them with realistic ACT questions, you'll have a huge advantage on the English section.

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The 18 Hardest ACT English Questions Ever

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Aug 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

ACT English

If you’ve been hard at work studying for the ACT, you’ve mastered the basics of the test. But are you ready to tackle the hardest grammar, punctuation, syntax, and writing logic questions that ACT English will throw at you?

Read this article to try your hand at 18 of the toughest, most confusing challenges ACT English poses. Then check out the detailed explanations of what makes each question tick, how to solve it and others like it, and what to watch out for when faced with similar questions on the real test.

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The 14 ACT Grammar Rules You Must Know

Posted by Justin Berkman | Feb 4, 2016 8:30:00 AM

ACT English

 The ACT English section consists of questions that test your knowledge of grammar and writing style. If you learn and understand the grammatical rules that are tested on the ACT, you'll be well on your way to getting an excellent ACT English score. In this article, I'll explain the most important ACT English grammar rules and provide related example questions from real ACTs.

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Full Analysis of ACT Grammar Rules: Which Are Most Important?

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Aug 22, 2015 7:00:00 PM

ACT English

When you are planning your study approach for ACT English, it’s important to know where your time is best spent.

Which grammar rules are really the most important to learn? What can help you make the greatest improvement to your score?

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The Top Prep Books for ACT English

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Aug 22, 2015 4:00:00 PM

ACT English

You’ve decided to use a book to study for ACT English, but do you know which books out there will actually help you reach your goals?

In this article, I will give you an overview of the best ACT English prep books on the market today, and which ones you should choose depending on what score you're aiming for.

These books can be found at bookstores, the library, or online. Focus on using these books with high quality practice and review, and you'll be sure to improve your English score.

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The Top 9 ACT English Strategies You Must Use

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 14, 2015 8:30:00 PM

ACT English

The ACT English section can be intimidating. You have to know grammar rules that may seem obscure to you, and the ACT folks even expect you to know how to properly use commas. Not only do you have to know your grammar, but also you have to to know how to analyze ACT English passages, and you have to know how to organize them. You're tested on a wide range of skills and you don’t have much time to answer each question. If you’re wondering how to possibly go about studying for ACT English and improving your score, then this is the post for you. 

In this article, I’ll give you my top 9 strategies to help you ace the ACT English section. These are meant to be study tips that will require time and diligence. The most important advice I can give you is to keep practicing. Focus your studying on areas that need improvement. However, that's advice that anyone can give. If you can successfully execute the following specific strategies, I guarantee your ACT English success:

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ACT English Prep: The Best Methods and Strategies

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 14, 2015 8:23:17 PM

ACT English

Preparing for the ACT English section can feel overwhelming. This section covers a lot of material that is often not taught in school, and the format is probably different from that of any other test you’ve taken.

Even more confusing, there are a ton of different sources for ACT English prep. How do you decide which ones to use? How do you make the most efficient use of your study time? What should you do to prepare for ACT English to reach your target score?

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The 8 ACT English Tips You Must Use in Your Prep

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 12, 2015 8:30:00 AM

ACT English

The ACT English section can feel a bit overwhelming. You have to answer 75 questions in 45 minutes. You have to know and understand grammar rules. You have to analyze phrases, sentences, paragraphs, and whole passages. It can be scary stuff.

If you can focus on a few basic tips, you can simplify the ACT English section and feel more confident when attempting to slay the ACT English beast. Whether you spend ample time diligently studying for the ACT or start your ACT preparation the night before the test, remembering these tips for the ACT English section will be beneficial on test day.

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Add/Delete Questions in ACT English: 6 Strategies

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 10, 2015 6:53:41 PM

ACT English

Brace yourself for some more ACT English fun. Add/Delete questions are a common type of rhetorical skills question on the ACT English section.

These questions ask whether you should add or delete a sentence or phrase within a passage. They test your reading comprehension and ability to analyze sentences within a passage.

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The Ultimate Study Guide for ACT English: Tips, Rules, Practice, and Strategies

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

ACT English

This guide collects the best ACT English prep material on the Internet. We've created everything here from scratch, and we think it's the best guide available anywhere.

In writing it, we pored over real ACTs, consulted the best existing books, and thought deeply about what you'll need to excel in ACT English. Our subject guides closely reflect what you’ll see on the actual test and our strategies have all been used successfully by our past students. We’ve covered everything you need to know about ACT English.

This post is a table of contents, designed to lead you through the different articles you’ll want to study in a logical order and explain how to get the most out of them. It starts with the big-picture, high-level ideas that will get you thinking about the best way to approach ACT English. Then it moves on to our coverage of the skills and concepts you’ll see on the test. The last section includes a variety of ACT English tips and strategies that can help you create a study plan and learn to attack the test in the most efficient way.

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Formality on ACT English: Strategies and Tips

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Aug 1, 2015 3:00:00 PM

ACT English

You wouldn’t wear a tux on a first date or jeans to a wedding. The ACT also tests you on whether or not you understand what level of formality is appropriate in different circumstances.

Read on to learn more about one of the most unusual topics covered on the ACT!

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Verb Tenses and Forms on ACT English: Grammar Rule Strategy

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 1, 2015 2:00:00 PM

ACT English

Knowing when to use different verb tenses and forms will be extremely beneficial to you on the ACT English section because these concepts are tested repeatedly on the ACT. Get excited for a fun-filled journey into the vivid, action-filled world of verbs.

 In this post, I’ll do the following:

  •  Define the verb tenses and forms that are tested on the ACT.
  • Provide information about when to use different verb tenses.
  • Detail how to construct verbs in different tenses.
  • Explain and demonstrate how verbs are tested on the ACT.
  • Provide practice questions to test you on what you’ve learned.
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