ACT English Test Prep Review Sheet on Grammar, Usage, and Rhetorical Rules

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This is a 3 page .pdf document that covers all of the Grammar, Usage, and Rhetorical rules tested on the ACT English test. This also includes some basic test-taking strategies for the English section of the ACT test.

I have used this in my own classroom and at school-wide ACT Review Sessions for the last 14 years!

Teaching Tip: When helping students prepare to take the test, I have my students take a practice passage. Then as we go through the answers, I review the rules based on which rule the questions in the passage uses.

One of the most helpful activities students have done is to place a tally mark in each of the boxes on the handout, if they missed that type of rule on the ACT Practice tests. It becomes a very visual way of seeing which grammar or rhetorical rules they need to review in more depth before taking the test.


★ Test Taking Strategies

★ Usage Rules (definitions with examples)

  • Incomplete sentences
  • Run-On Sentences
  • Dependent Clauses / Fragments
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Verb Tense Shifts
  • Point of View Shifts
  • Apostrophes
  • Who or Whom?
  • Parallel Structure
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
  • Punctuation:
  • Commas (most essential rules)
  • Semicolons
  • Colons
  • Dashes
  • Quotation Marks
  • Titles

★ Rhetoric Rules (definitions and examples)

  • Irrelevance
  • Verbosity
  • Redundancy
  • Adding Details
  • Considering Purpose


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.


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