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Ideas for Progress: English, Range 28–32

To enhance their skills in each English-related strand, students who score in the 28–32 score range on the ACT® college readiness assessment may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 28–32
Production of Writing Topic Development in Terms of Purpose and Focus
  • write complex essays that indicate a heightened awareness of the purpose and audience
  • read aloud complex essays to determine what each essay’s goal is and how each has met its goal
  • recognize the role that specific sentences play in terms of the essay as a whole
Organization, Unity, and Cohesion
  • revise or add introductory sentences or transitions based on an understanding of the logic and rhetorical purpose of the paragraph and the essay as a whole
Knowledge of Language Knowledge of Language
  • read drafts aloud to identify language or concepts that are redundant in terms of the paragraph or essay as a whole
  • experiment with using academic and content-specific terms to provide more specificity and increase accuracy of content
Conventions of Standard English Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation Sentence Structure and Formation
  • maintain parallel structure between phrases and clauses in a complex sentence
  • employ a variety of sentence structures in drafts
Usage Conventions
  • check drafts to ensure agreement between verb and subject when a phrase between the two suggests a different number for the verb
Punctuation Conventions
  • find examples of colons and explain why the writer most likely chose the colon over other punctuation
  • use punctuation for rhetorical effect as well as for grammatical correctness