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Ideas for Progress: Range 1–12

ACT Explore/ACT Plan/The ACT English

To enhance their skills in each English-related strand, students who score in the 1–12 score range may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 1–12
Topic Development in Terms of Purpose and Focus
  • read and discuss the work of favorite writers
  • regularly write informal responses to literature (fiction and nonfiction) in their journals
  • identify sentences that convey the main ideas in a variety of texts and then practice composing such sentences
Organization, Unity, and Coherence
  • write short texts, in a variety of genres, illustrating simple organization
  • use paragraphing as an organizational device
Word Choice in Terms of Style, Tone, Clarity, and Economy
  • revise writing to clarify sentences containing too many phrases and clauses
  • check writing to make sure pronoun references are clear
  • revise writing to edit out empty words (e.g., really, very, big, kind of)
Sentence Structure and Formation
  • vary sentence length by combining simple sentences
  • check writing to make sure verb tenses are consistent
Conventions of Usage
  • make sure to use adjectives like well, less, and worst correctly
Conventions of Punctuation
  • learn to recognize when commas are overused