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Kristin Fracchia

TuesdACT Video: Top 3 Tips to Improve Your ACT English Score


Sometimes you just want the quickest and most effective ways to give your ACT score a boost–maybe it’s the week before the test or maybe you just need a surge of confidence early on in your test prep. Well, we hear you. This video walks you through our top three tips (no more, no less!) to improve your ACT English score. Here’s the gist:

Tip 1: Read well before and after the underlined portion

This is both a rookie mistake and a veteran one (heck, even I do it when I am not being careful). Many times an answer choice will seem just fine in the part of the sentence where it is, but it is not fine in the grander scheme of things. Something earlier in the same sentence, or– even trickier–something later in the following sentences may make this answer choice incorrect. So make sure you are vigilant!

Tip 2: Learn Punctuation

There are SO many punctuation questions on this test. Around 20% of the questions have something to do with commas alone, so you can see huge gains by studying the major punctuation marks: commas, semicolons, colons, apostrophes, and dashes.

Tip 3: Be Concise

The correct answer is often the shortest one, particularly on questions that provide different phrasing options for a portion of a sentence. It is not always correct, so you need to be careful to check for errors, but when in doubt, keep it short and simple. Generally speaking, the ACT really likes for you to choose the answer that states things in the simplest, most direct manner.

And there you have it! Stay tuned for the other episodes in this TuesdACT series of ACT top tips–we’ll be doling them out for each section of the test.

About Kristin Fracchia

Kristin makes sure Magoosh's blogs are chock-full of awesome, free resources for students preparing for standardized tests. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004 and has helped students prepare for standardized tests, as well as college and graduate school admissions, since 2007. She enjoys the agonizing bliss of marathon running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.

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