Strategies to Help You Test Better on the ACT English Test


Read the 5 essays and answer the questions quickly; 75 questions must be answered in 45 minutes; that allows 36 seconds per question. Put another way English test for british citizenship, you have 45 minutes to read 5 essays and answer their questions, or at most 9 minutes for each essay and its questions.

ACT ENGLISH Test Strategies:

• You may want to quickly skim an essay and its questions before you start to answer the questions, just to get a feel for the writing style and types of questions.
• Select the answer which considers the context of the question in relation to the writing style of the essay. Be sure and read a sentence or two beyond the sentence containing the portion being questioned.
• Try to get an understanding of what the writer is trying to say.
• Eliminate answer choices that are clearly wrong or ridiculous; Look for degrees of correctness as several answers may appear to be correct.
• Avoid making new mistakes when selecting answers to correct mistakes in an essay; do not be too quick to judge. A comma or apostrophe can change the meaning and make a real difference.
• Pay attention to the wording of each question. Watch out for absolutes in the answer choices (for example; Always, Never). Some questions will ask you to choose the alternative for the underlined portions that is NOT acceptable or LEAST acceptable, rather than the best choice.
• Choose the BEST answer based on the question and the essay. Reread the sentence and substitute each answer choice and decide which is best. Reread your selected answer. If the underlined portion is already correct, then select the NO CHANGE answer.
• Some questions ask about a section of the entire essay. They are identified by a question number contained in a box after the relevant section. At the end of an essay, you may find questions which ask about the essay as a whole with instructions in a box telling you this.
• Use care in 2 part questions such as those with a yes or no answer, followed by a supporting reason for the answer. You have to decide which option is best, and then which reason best supports that option and most accurately reflects the essay.
• Awareness of the type of question helps, but the most important thing is for you to focus on exactly what the question asks and then select the best answer.

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