ACT Test Taking Strategies For The ACT English Test


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ACT Test Taking Strategies For The ACT English Test

  1. 1. ™<br />36<br />ACT UP<br />© 2011 Paul Kaliher and Joan Geyer Kaliher<br />
  2. 2. STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU TEST BETTER ON THE ACT<br />ACT English Test<br /><br />© 2011 Paul Kaliher and Joan Geyer Kaliher<br />
  3. 3. The ACT English Test<br />5 essays<br />75 questions <br />45 minutes (36 seconds per question) <br />9 minutes for each essay and its questions<br />
  4. 4. Test Taking Strategies<br />Skim essay and questions to get a feel for the writing style and types of questions<br />Select the answer which considers the context of the question in relation to the writing style of the essay <br />Read a sentence or two beyond the sentence containing the portion being questioned<br />
  5. 5. Test Taking Strategies<br />Try to get an understanding of what the writer is trying to say<br />Eliminate answer choices that are clearly wrong or ridiculous <br />Look for degrees of correctness as several answers may appear to be correct<br />Avoid making new mistakes when selecting answers to correct mistakes in an essay<br />
  6. 6. Test Taking Strategies<br />Pay attention to the wording of each question<br />Watch out for absolutes in the answer choices (for example; Always, Never) <br />Some questions will ask you to choose the alternative for the underlined portions that is NOT acceptable or LEAST acceptable, rather than the best choice<br />
  7. 7. Test Taking Strategies<br />Choose the BEST answer based on the question and the essay <br />Reread the sentence and substitute each answer choice and decide which is best<br />Reread your selected answer. If the underlined portion is already correct, then select the NO CHANGE answer <br />
  8. 8. Test Taking Strategies<br />Some questions ask about a section of the essay. They are identified by a question number contained in a box after the relevant section<br />At the end of an essay, you may find questions which ask about the essay as a whole with instructions in a box telling you this<br />
  9. 9. Test Taking Strategies<br />Use care in 2 part questions such as those with a yes or no answer, followed by a supporting reason for the answer. <br />In 2 part questions, you have to decide which option is best, and then which reason best supports that option and most accurately reflects the essay.<br />Awareness of the type of question helps, but the most important thing is for you to focus on exactly what the question asks and then select the best answer.<br />
  10. 10. Now Its Your Time To <br />™<br />36<br />ACT UP<br /><br />© 2011 Paul Kaliher and Joan Geyer Kaliher<br />
  11. 11. © 2011 Naperville Tutoring | ACT UP™ | ACT PREP <br />All rights reserved. Permission granted to use with author, Joan Geyer Kaliher and website link provided.<br /><br />™<br />36<br />ACT UP<br /><br />© 2011 Paul Kaliher and Joan Geyer Kaliher<br />