Question of the Day: ACT Compass Writing
Please refer to the following passage to identify any errors in grammar, punctuation, usage, and style in the selected sentences.
(1) It was my first day of high school and I have couldn’t been more nervous. (2) The bus ride in the morning was the scariest part because I had no idea where it was acceptable to sit for freshmen. (3) Most juniors and seniors didn’t need to take the bus since they typically had cars, but there were still many older students around me who had more clout to sit where they wanted. (4) Avoiding any possible conflict was what I wanted, so I grabbed an empty seat next to an old classmate who I knew was my age. (5) He understood, I figured, more about the rules of the bus than I did.
(6) My morning classes weren’t as bad as I had expected them to be, although I did sit in the back of each classroom in hopes that the teacher wouldn’t call on me. (7) The only time I spoke up was when attendance calling. (8) Otherwise, I stayed quiet. (9) The lunch period arriving was when I was finally relieved to see my friends. (10) Seeing them gave me a sense of comfort that was lacking from my classes. (11) Moreover, we were happy to find out that a few of us had some afternoon classes together. (12) I was so excited to have some familiar faces with me for the rest of the day. (13) Once that final bell rang that indicated school was out, I felt much calmer than arriving that morning. (14) Looking back, I was realizing I didn’t need to be so nervous about high school.
Attendance calling was when the only time I spoke up.
When the teacher called attendance, was the only time I spoke up.
The only time I spoke up was when the teacher called attendance.
The only time I spoke up was when attendance calling.
The only time I spoke up was when calling attendance.
The ACT Compass Writing test is an untimed exam taken via computer that will challenge you on your ability to find errors in a writing passage. The errors could be mechanical or usage errors, and may include punctuation errors, the structure of a sentence, or issues with grammar. Other issues within the test may include organization, usage, capitalization, spelling, or construction errors within a sentence or passage. One way to prepare for this test is to use Varsity Tutors’ Learning Tools Question of the Day for ACT Compass Writing.
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