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Ideas for Progress: Range 20–23

ACT Explore/ACT Plan/The ACT English

To enhance their skills in each English-related strand, students who score in the 20–23 score range may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 20–23
Topic Development in Terms of Purpose and Focus
  • continue reading the work of writers of various genres; begin experimenting with a variety of writing styles
  • revise fairly straightforward writing to sharpen focus and coherence of entire piece
Organization, Unity, and Coherence
  • experiment with using words and phrases that create clear transitions in writing
  • rearrange sentences in a paragraph in order to improve its coherence
  • write introductions that capture the reader's interest, write conclusions that provide a sense of closure, and describe the rhetorical effects that each creates
Word Choice in Terms of Style, Tone, Clarity, and Economy
  • continue to edit sentences for empty language, wordiness, and redundancy
  • revise structurally complex sentences to correct vague or ambiguous pronoun references
Sentence Structure and Formation
  • revise writing to correct faulty coordination and subordination of clauses
  • revise sentences to correct inconsistencies in verb tense and pronoun person
Conventions of Usage
  • check to be sure pronouns agree with antecedents in increasingly complex sentences
Conventions of Punctuation
  • use punctuation to set off nonessential information in a sentence
  • recognize inappropriate uses of commas