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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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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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The Best Sources for ACT English Practice

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 1, 2015 11:00:00 AM

ACT English

You’re studying ACT English and learning all about important topics like verbs, pronouns, and transitions. Now you just need some practice tests to implement your new skills on!

But before you rush out to take the nearest practice test, make sure it's the right one. Many students use sub-par practice materials—tests that are formatted strangely or full of the wrong types of questions or even just too hard—and it really hurts their progress.

In this post, I'm going to go over everything you need to know about picking out effective practice material and list the very best sources for practice tests.

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Relevance Questions on ACT English: Strategies + Practice

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jul 25, 2015 4:00:00 PM

ACT English

In high school, I had a history teacher who was known for going off on tangents—he would start giving us his lesson on the French Revolution but end up telling us all about the Peregrine falcon. These facts were interesting, but they were hardly relevant to the issue at hand (how Marie Antoinette got her head chopped off). 

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Transition Questions on ACT English: Strategies and Practice

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jul 24, 2015 4:00:00 PM

ACT English

Transitions are one of the most common and trickiest rhetorical topics tested on the ACT English section. However, there are a couple simple rules that can make answering these questions much easier.

In this post, I'll cover everything you need to know to approach all three types of transition question:

  • Types of transitional relationships
  • Transitions between sentences
  • Transitions between clauses
  • Transitions between paragraphs
  • Key strategies for transitions on ACT English questions
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The 8 Most Common Mistakes You Make on ACT English

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jul 24, 2015 9:00:00 AM

ACT English

Over the past five years, I've tutored dozens of students on the ACT and seen them miss the same types of questions over and over again. The ACT English section really only tests a handful of concepts, so it's easy to make the same exact mistake on three or four questions—which really hurts your score.

Don't worry, though! I've come up with eight simple rules you can follow to help you avoid the most common problems on the ACT English and automatically raise your score 1-2 points. Use my ACT English strategies and practice on a lot of realistic questions, and you'll raise your English score.

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Macro Logic in ACT English: Sentence and Paragraph Order

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 22, 2015 5:19:41 PM

ACT English

Macro logic questions on ACT English ask you to determine where to properly place sentences within a paragraph and where to properly place paragraphs within a passage. These rhetorical skills questions test your ability to analyze sentences and determine how to most logically organize a passage. Knowing how to recognize and using my top ACT English strategies to approach these questions will enable you to correctly answer them in an efficient manner.

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Author Main Goal: ACT English Questions

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 12, 2015 1:00:00 PM

ACT English

Generally, ACT English tests two things: grammar and reading comprehension. Author main goal is a specific type of reading comprehension question that appears frequently on the ACT. Having a systematic approach to correctly answer these questions will boost your score and help you maximize your limited time to complete the ACT English section. Read this article for a thorough explanation of and guidance on how to figure out author main goal questions. 

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Relative Pronouns on ACT English: Tips and Practice

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jul 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

ACT English

Relative pronouns tend to inspire a lot of confusion. Is it the boy who cried wolf or the boy whom cried wolf? All's well that ends well or all's well which ends well? 

As much as we may think we need the fancier pronouns, like whom and which, more often than not, the ones we're more familiar with are just fine. In both of those cases, the first version of the saying is the correct one.

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How Often Is NO CHANGE the Right Answer on ACT English?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 1, 2015 1:00:00 PM

ACT English

On the ACT English section, in the majority of questions, the first answer choice is “NO CHANGE." The “NO CHANGE” answer choice indicates that the underlined word or phrase is correct. Sometimes, students are hesitant to select “NO CHANGE” because they think that there should be an error.

In this article, I’ll explore the frequency of correct “NO CHANGE” answers to give you an idea of how often the “NO CHANGE” answer will be the right one. Furthermore, I’ll let you know how to use this information.

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Author Technique on ACT English: Passage Strategy

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jul 1, 2015 7:30:00 AM

ACT English

 

Author technique is a specific type of reading comprehension question that appears frequently on the ACT English section. Author technique questions require you to analyze a specific sentence and determine if it fulfills an author's stated purpose.

Read this article for a thorough explanation of author technique and guidance on how to figure out author technique questions.

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Adjectives vs Adverbs for ACT English: Grammar Rule

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 30, 2015 11:52:49 PM

ACT English

You may recall the good ol’ days of elementary school when you learned about adjectives and adverbs. If you had realized that you would have to know about these parts of speech for the ACT, perhaps you would have paid better attention instead of daydreaming about Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel. Don’t worry. If you’ve forgotten or never learned about these parts of speech, I’ll teach you everything you need to know about them for the ACT English section.

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Parallel Structure for ACT English: Grammar Rule

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 26, 2015 11:50:58 PM

ACT English

Parallel structure is a grammar rule that is often referenced yet often misunderstood. After reading this article, you’ll comprehend parallel structure and be able to correctly answer ACT English questions that test your knowledge of parallel structure.

Because you will most likely see parallel structure questions on the ACT, let’s learn this rule and raise your ACT English score.

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Pronoun Agreement on ACT English: Tips and Practice

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jun 22, 2015 4:00:00 PM

SAT Writing, ACT English

Pronoun agreement errors are an especially confusing type of ACT English question because people often misuse pronouns, especially when you speak. In fact, I just made a pronoun mistake: can you spot it?

Take a closer look at the second half of my first sentence: "people often misuse pronouns, especially when you speak." Who is "you" referring to here: "people." However, the correct pronoun for the third person plural is "they." The correct version of the sentence is "people often misuse pronouns, especially when they speak."

On the ACT English section, you'll be expected to spot these kind of errors in a variety of different contexts. I'll go over both the basic rules for pronouns and the common mistakes you'll see on the test, so that you can approach the test with confidence.

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