The ACT English Test assesses your knowledge of the conventions of standard written English. This means your understanding of usage/mechanics issues such as grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure and also your comprehension of rhetorical skills, such effective writing strategy, organization, and style.
What to Know:
- It’s the first section of the ACT
- You have a 45-minute time limit
- You will see 75 multiple choice questions (yeah, that is a lot!)
What to Study:
- Punctuation (including commas, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, and dashes)
- Subject-verb agreement
- Verb forms and verb agreement
- Pronoun forms and pronoun agreement
- Adjectives and adverbs
- Comparative and superlative modifiers (such as “Magoosh is more fun than my most entertaining friend.”)
- Idioms (common English phrases or two-part phrases that always go together like “Not only did Magoosh help me improve my grammar, but also it helped me learn math.”)
- Sentence structure (such as independent and dependent clauses, misplaced modifiers, run-on sentences and comma splices)
- Effective essay and paragraph organization and clear, concise writing style
*For even more detail on what to study for ACT English, check out this nifty guide!
What Not to Study:
- Rote memorization of grammar rules (you will be asked to correct grammar, but not asked to explain why)
- Slang (urbandictionary.com is not going to help you here)
Where to Start:
This page. You’re in luck! Here we are compiling all the essential grammar rules, writing know-how, and test-specific strategies you need to become an ACT English rockstar. Check out our ACT English posts, listed below!
ACT English Test