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Ideas for Progress: Range 24–27

ACT Explore/ACT Plan/The ACT English

To enhance their skills in each English-related strand, students who score in the 24–27 score range may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 24–27
Topic Development in Terms of Purpose and Focus
  • develop awareness of ways that form and content can be changed as the audience for the writing changes
  • learn how meaning can be expressed through connotation
Organization, Unity, and Coherence
  • experiment with more subtle organizational structures
  • revise writing by refining introductions, conclusions, and transitions in complex paragraphs
Word Choice in Terms of Style, Tone, Clarity, and Economy
  • select and manipulate words, phrases, and clauses to convey shades of meaning and tone
  • avoid clutter and use vivid verbs and specific nouns
Sentence Structure and Formation
  • use sentence-combining techniques to create more sophisticated sentences; check to avoid fragments, comma splices, and run-ons
Conventions of Usage
  • recognize the difference between its and it's, your and you're, who and whom
Conventions of Punctuation
  • use commas to set off nonessential appositives or clauses
  • use semicolons to indicate relationships between independent clauses