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All ACT English Resources
Our free ACT English Practice Tests are each a selection of 10 to 12 questions, which will give you a cross-section of topics from the English section of the official ACT. You might think of them as little quizzes, which you can use to hone your skills. Whether you need top ACT English tutors in Atlanta, ACT English tutors in Houston, or top ACT English tutors in San Francisco, working with a pro may take your studies to the next level.
ACT English Section
What does the ACT English section cover?
The ACT English section tests a student’s ability to identify and correct grammatical and stylistic errors in written English. The student thus demonstrates his or her knowledge of standard written English. The ACT English section also tests a student’s ability to gauge the effect that revisions to a passage have on a reader’s understanding of the material. Varsity Tutors offers resources like a free ACT prep book to help with your self-paced study, or you may want to consider an ACT English tutor.
How many problems are on the ACT English section, and how much time do I have to complete them?
Each ACT English section contains 45 multiple-choice problems, and students are given 75 minutes (one hour and fifteen minutes) to complete them.
Should I guess on the ACT English section?
Absolutely! Unlike the SAT, which calculates students’ scores based on the number of questions which they answer incorrectly, the ACT calculates students’ scores based on the number of questions students answer correctly. In other words, there is no penalty for guessing on the ACT, and guessing can only ever increase your score.
What kinds of problems are on the ACT English section?
The ACT English section consists entirely of passages that purposely contain grammatical and stylistic errors. Certain words, phrases, or sentences are underlined in the passage and include a number underneath the underlined section to associate it with a numbered multiple-choice question that has four possible answers. Questions present several options for rephrasing or rewriting the underlined material; it is your job to select the option that makes the passage grammatically correct and stylistically consistent. Certain questions propose introducing or omitting sentences from the passage, or ask how these changes might affect the reader’s understanding of the passage. Many questions in the ACT English section include “NO CHANGE” as a possible answer; students are to select this choice if the best answer is to leave the underlined material as it is written in the passage.
No other problem types (such as synonyms, analogies, or sentence completions) appear on the ACT English section.
How should I study for the ACT English section?
Use these practice tests to get a sense of how you might do on the ACT’s English section. They can also help you to identify which types of grammatical rules and stylistic conventions you know well, and which ones you need to learn. Focus your studying time on the aspects of English grammar and style that you don’t understand or that are featured in questions that you often miss; this is a great way to increase your ACT English score.
Another resource available through Varsity Tutors’ Learning Tools are full-length ACT English practice tests. In fact, you may want to begin your preparation by taking one of the complete practice tests to assist you in customizing your study plan. This comprehensive format gives you the chance to work on your pace and examine each of your skills. As on the concept-specific practice tests, the results page includes extensive explanations and detailed information on each question’s relevant concepts. In addition, the complete practice tests provide the benefit of helping you focus your ACT English review by helping you discover which skills you have mastered, and the topics on which you might like to spend more time reviewing. In addition to the ACT English Practice Tests and ACT English tutoring, you may also want to consider using some of our ACT flashcards. Once you have studied using the other Learning Tools, you can take another full-length ACT English practice test to measure your progress.
Free ACT English Practice Tests
Practice Tests by Concept
Correcting grammatical errors practice testact_english-correcting-grammatical-errors
Phrase, clause, and sentence errors practice testact_english-phrase-clause-and-sentence-errors
Appositive and interrupting phrase errors practice testact_english-appositive-and-interrupting-phrase-errors
Appositive errors practice testact_english-appositive-errors
Interrupting phrase errors practice testact_english-interrupting-phrase-errors
Conjunction errors practice testact_english-conjunction-errors
Correlative conjunction errors practice testact_english-correlative-conjunction-errors
Other conjunction errors practice testact_english-other-conjunction-errors
Subordinating conjunction errors practice testact_english-subordinating-conjunction-errors
Modifier placement errors practice testact_english-modifier-placement-errors
Ambiguous modifier errors practice testact_english-ambiguous-modifier-errors
Dangling modifier errors practice testact_english-dangling-modifier-errors
Misplaced or interrupting modifier errors practice testact_english-misplaced-or-interrupting-modifier-errors
Other phrase, clause, and sentence errors practice testact_english-other-phrase-clause-and-sentence-errors
Parallel structure errors practice testact_english-parallel-structure-errors
Sentence fragment and sentence combination errors practice testact_english-sentence-fragment-and-sentence-combination-errors
Punctuation errors practice testact_english-punctuation-errors
Apostrophe errors practice testact_english-apostrophe-errors
Colon errors practice testact_english-colon-errors
Comma errors practice testact_english-comma-errors
Errors involving hyphens, dashes, and parentheses practice testact_english-errors-involving-hyphens-dashes-and-parentheses
Period, exclamation point, and question mark errors practice testact_english-period-exclamation-point-and-question-mark-errors
Quotation mark errors practice testact_english-quotation-mark-errors
Semicolon errors practice testact_english-semicolon-errors
Word usage errors practice testact_english-word-usage-errors
Agreement errors practice testact_english-agreement-errors
Modifier-word modified agreement errors practice testact_english-modifier-word-modified-agreement-errors
Modifier-word modified countability errors practice testact_english-modifier-word-modified-countability-errors
Modifier-word modified number errors practice testact_english-modifier-word-modified-number-errors
Other modifier-word modified agreement errors practice testact_english-other-modifier-word-modified-agreement-errors
Pronoun-antecedent agreement errors practice testact_english-pronoun-antecedent-agreement-errors
Other pronoun-antecedent errors practice testact_english-other-pronoun-antecedent-errors
Pronoun-antecedent gender errors practice testact_english-pronoun-antecedent-gender-errors
Pronoun-antecedent number errors practice testact_english-pronoun-antecedent-number-errors
Subject-verb agreement errors practice testact_english-subject-verb-agreement-errors
Compound subject errors practice testact_english-compound-subject-errors
Simple subject errors practice testact_english-simple-subject-errors
Usage errors practice testact_english-usage-errors
Other usage errors practice testact_english-other-usage-errors
Comparative and superlative adjective and adverb errors practice testact_english-comparative-and-superlative-adjective-and-adverb-errors
Conventional and idiomatic usage errors practice testact_english-conventional-and-idiomatic-usage-errors
Other adjective and adverb errors practice testact_english-other-adjective-and-adverb-errors
Preposition errors practice testact_english-preposition-errors
Pronoun usage errors practice testact_english-pronoun-usage-errors
Other pronoun errors practice testact_english-other-pronoun-errors
Other pronoun usage errors practice testact_english-other-pronoun-usage-errors
Relative pronoun usage errors practice testact_english-relative-pronoun-usage-errors
Pronoun case errors practice testact_english-pronoun-case-errors
Possessive pronoun errors practice testact_english-possessive-pronoun-errors
Subjective and objective pronoun errors practice testact_english-subjective-and-objective-pronoun-errors
Verb formation errors practice testact_english-verb-formation-errors
Other verb usage errors practice testact_english-other-verb-usage-errors
Verb mood errors practice testact_english-verb-mood-errors
Verb tense errors practice testact_english-verb-tense-errors
Verb voice errors practice testact_english-verb-voice-errors
Writing and revising effectively practice testact_english-writing-and-revising-effectively
Inserting and removing content practice testact_english-inserting-and-removing-content
Inserting content practice testact_english-inserting-content
Removing content practice testact_english-removing-content
Reorganizing content practice testact_english-reorganizing-content
Separating, combining, or reordering paragraphs practice testact_english-separating-combining-or-reordering-paragraphs
Separating, combining, or reordering sentences practice testact_english-separating-combining-or-reordering-sentences
Revising content practice testact_english-revising-content
Analyzing contextual relevance practice testact_english-analyzing-contextual-relevance_aa
Analyzing effectiveness practice testact_english-analyzing-effectiveness
Avoiding ambiguity and redundancy practice testact_english-avoiding-ambiguity-and-redundancy
Introductions, transitions, and conclusions practice testact_english-introductions-transitions-and-conclusions
Understanding referents practice testact_english-understanding-referents
Word choice, style, and tone practice testact_english-word-choice-style-and-tone