ACT Test Analysis


Yes, I took three actual but now retired ACT tests, categorized the question types, and alphabetized my findings so you could see what is tested, how often it's tested, and how tests vary from year to year.  (Place a $100 in unmarked bills on my desk as you leave--no questions asked.)


Apostrophe for possession
Apostrophe for possession
Avoiding might of and could of instead of might’ve NC
Best phrase
Best phrase
Best phrase for clarity
Best phrase for contrasting idea
Best phrase for precise meaning
Best phrase NC
Best phrase to introduce subordinate clause
Best phrase—relevant and meaningful
Best placement of sentence
Best sentence as transitional
Best sentence NC
Best sentence placement
Best sentence to strengthen assertion
Best sentence with specific examples
Best sentence—author’s purpose
Best sentence—conclusion
Best sentence—topic sentence
Best sentence—transitional/clincher
Best words  adverb and adjective comb
Colon to avoid comma splice
Comma
Comma
Comma
Comma and clause with no verb NC
Comma splice Not acceptable
Comma splice, colon, comma
Comma splice/faulty subordination
Commas
Comparative adjective
Dashes for appositive phrase
Delete Sentence/Best sentence
Deleting sentence to maintain focus
Essential adjective clause—no commas
Good vs. well
Idiom preposition choice
Idiomatic—best preposition
Misplaced modifier
Misplaced modifier adjective clause
Not acceptable—logic
Parallelism
Parallelism two participles
Passive voice
Passive voice verbs—bad
Pronoun choice—their instead of his or her to match plural referent
Pronoun referent- number issue
Redundancy
Redundancy
Redundancy
Redundancy
Redundancy
Redundancy frenzied = crazy?
Semicolon and unnecessary comma
Subject verb agreement
Subject-verb agreement
Subject-verb agreemet
theirs vs. there’s
Transition- contrasting
Transition plus adverb
Transitional sentence
Transitional sentence inside a paragraph
Transition—no contrasting transition needed
Transition--specific detail as paragraph transition
Unnecessary comma between subject and verb
Verb tense
Verb tense
Verb tense maintenance
Verb tense maintenance
Verb tense/ unnecessary comma
Verb tense/avoiding fragment
Yes or no—Added sentence?
Yes or no—fulfill writer’s goal
Yes or no—sentence addition or not
Add on (clincher)
Add on sentence.   not added   NC
Add on sentence-best placement
Add on sentence—parenthetical appositives
Adding words for coherence
Add-on:  most relevant choice
Apostrophe
Apostrophe to show possession
Appositive—but the book and test are wrong.
Avoiding redundancy
Best choice for writer’s goal
Best phrase from true choices to maintain focus
Best phrase--clincher
Best sentence
Best sentence replacement
Best sentence to match intro. participial phrase
Best sentence--Revising for clarity
Best word  NC
Best word (tricky--it looks like you HAVE to choose NC.
Best word—best adjective and subject combo to refer to earlier nouns
Best word-pronoun used without referent
Best word—replacing inaccurate adjective
Colon and comma problems NC
Comma
Comma after introductory prep. phrase NC
Comma for essential adjective clause
Comma preceding sub. clause
Comma splice—delete extras subject/verb
Comma splices and run-ons NC
Comma, period, semicolon NC
Comma—ending a sentence, not joining to another unrelated one.
Commas
Commas non-essential appositives
Commas—none for essential appositives
Fragment
Fragment
Fragment—adding a verb
Fragment—adding a verb before an appositive phrase
Fragment—adding a verb before an appositive phrase
Idiom (preposition choice
Idiom (preposition) choice
Its vs. it’s
Least acceptable (a preposition makes the difference)
Least acceptable (Tricky! Halt doesn’t mean completed.
Least acceptable sub for because
Most logical cause/effect
Parallelism items in a series participial phrases
Parallelism—far from perfect, but the closest option
Parallelism—pattern set with as field hands
Primarily lose question
Primarily lose_______--effects of deletion
Primarily lose…
Primarily lose…Tricky phrasing in option  A
Pronoun to match referent
Redundancy
Revising a sentence for unity
Semicolon
Subject verb agreement
Superlative adjective
Superlative and who/whom
Their/they’re   its/it’s
Transition (in this case, no transition)
Transition choice
Transition choice (here no transition needed)
Transition choice NC
Transition/most concise paragraph beginning NC 
Transition—contrast (seems wrong)
Verb tense
Verb tense
Verb tense
 Wordiness and coherence
Wordiness/redundancy
Yes or no fulfill writer’s goal
Yes or no—fulfilled writer’s goal?
Yes or no--Keep or delete

Add-on: best for clincher and tone
Adverb or adjective
Apostrophe for possession
Best choice—clincher
Best phrase--  Omit question NC
Best phrase NC
Best phrase placement
Best phrase—avoiding redundancies and nonsensical phrasing.
Best phrase—avoiding redundancies and wordiness
Best phrase--Fulfilling writer’s goal
Best phrase—unconnected info
Best placement of sentence
Best placement of word—adverb
Best sentence for order
Best sentence to accomplish writer’s goal of further description
Best topic sentence
Best transition/topic sentence
Best word: adverb or adjective to modify noun
Best word-conjunction
Best words—correct adjective much vs. many
Best word-verb
Colon before appositive list
Comma
Comma for clarity.   (The book says noun phrases but it’s wrong
Comma for contrasting expression NC
Comma inside sub. clause.
Comma splice
Comma splice/faulty subord.
Comma: unnecessary one
Comma—nonessential appositives
Commas
Commas and semicolons
Commas around transition
Deleting sentence
Effects of pronoun changes
Fragment
Fragment
Fragment
Fragment avoiding through combining
Fulfilling writer’s goal
Idiomatic NC
Misplaced modifiers
Most relevant info
Order of sentence
Order: sentence logic and coherence
Paragraph placement
Passive voice and wordiness NC
Possessives whose vs. who’s
Primarily lose through deletion
Pronoun and verb combo
Pronoun maintenance
Run-on
Semicolon
Subject verb agreement
Subject-verb agreement
Transitional sentence NC
Transition—which is not a contrasting transition
Verb number (nod vs. nods)
Verb tense
Verb tense maintenance
Verb tense maintenance
Verb tense shift
Verb tense shift
Verb tense/ pronoun
Verb tense: maintaining present tense
Who in adj. clause to refer to people
Wordiness
Wordiness
Wordiness
Wordiness --Omit underlined portion
Wordiness—redundancy
Wordiness—redundancy
Yes or no—add sentence or not
Yes or no—effects of deletion
Yes or no—fulfilling writer’s goal