|The most frequently asked questions on the English target the concepts below, so this will be our checklist of skills:|
parenthetical elements (transitions as well as phrases),
nouns of direct address,
dependent (subordinate) clauses,
and nonessential elements.
Question types about Style aka Rhetoric
|On wordiness questions, delete phrases that repeat or add nothing to the sentence. Typically, choose the shortest answer.|
|Every ACT test includes some “omit the underlined portion” questions, and this response is the correct answer in about half the questions. Watch out for the other half.|
|“Correct word” questions
ask you to pick the word that matches the meaning in the sentence.
These have no change as an option. Don’t pick options with nonstandard
English or clichés.|
|“Best word” choices
have choices that all work to some degree, and you must pick the best
one. If the question has “example” or “illustrates” in it, you will
need to pick a very specific choice.|
|"Best phrase or best sentence"
questions call for the replacement of a phrase or the best version of a
sentence. Often, the sentences are topic sentences or a
combination transitional and topic sentence.
|“Add-on” questions ask what should be added to a passage to support a main idea or a specific example.|
|“Yes or no” questions have become popular on the ACT as “add-on” questions. When in doubt, look at the no answers first.|
|Similar to the “yes or no” questions are the “keep or delete” and the “primarily lose” questions. These ask what would be lost if some words were eliminated.|
|“Least Acceptable” questions
are often easy points, and there are five or six of them. They ask
which form of an underlined portion would be least acceptable (the
worst) in a context.|
|"Best Placement of word, sentence, or paragraph" questions to achieve writer's goal.