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ACT English

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More information about the test

The ACT English section is an important component of the ACT exam, which is a standardized test commonly used by colleges and universities in the United States as part of their admissions process. The ACT English Test is not a grammar test or a test of how well you write - there is a separate Writing test for that. Instead, the ACT tests your editing skills—your ability to fix errors in grammar and punctuation and to improve the organization and style of five different passages.

By taking the ACT English test, you can showcase your critical thinking skills, your ability to understand complex ideas, and your capacity to interpret information from a wide range of sources. Doing well on the ACT English section can also help you stand out among other applicants and potentially increase your chances of being accepted into your desired college or university.

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FAQs

How long is the ACT English test?

An actual ACT English Test contains 75 questions to be answered in 45 minutes.

How many passages are there in the ACT English test?

The ACT English test consists of five passages, throughout which you’ll be asked a series of questions. There are no stand-alone grammar questions. All questions will be passage-based. The type of questions break down into two categories:

  1. Grammar or Usage/Mechanics
  2. Effective Writing or Rhetorical Skills

How can I improve my ACT English score?

Here are some tips to ace your ACT English score:

  • Focus on the portions that you are confident you know and then move on to the other sections.
  • Take some practice tests to get a feel of the format.
  • Read all the questions first and don’t worry about the words you don’t know.
  • Look for transition words to help you understand the passages better

What does the ACT English test measure?

The English section measures your ability to identify the purposes of parts of texts, determine whether a text or part of a text has met its intended goal, and evaluate the relevance of material in terms of a text's focus. In short, it assesses your ability to revise and edit a variety of texts.

How is ACT English scored?

Here’s how ACT scoring works. You’re given a point for every question you get right (there’s no penalty or point deduction for wrong answers). The total number of questions you get right on each test (English, Math, Reading, and Science) equals your raw score . Your raw score is then converted for each test into a scale score (1–36).