5 Most Frequently Tested ACT English Topics

In this article we will give you an overview of the 5 most frequently tested ACT English topics that you can use to gear up your English game.

Sentence Structure
Sentence structure questions comprise about 20-25% of the ACT test. The main idea behind each question is, “What is the best way to link the two clauses on either side of the underlined word?” In such type of questions you will need to combine your knowledge of punctuation, the difference between independent and dependent clauses, and a variety of other techniques.

Grammar and Usage
Grammar and usage questions consists 15-20% of the ACT test. Here are some of the questions that define grammar and usage:

  • Should a noun be singular or plural?
  • Which is the correct pronoun?
    • Is the pronoun referencing the right thing?
    • Does the pronoun agree with the verb it references?
  • Do the linking verbs and action verbs agree?
  • Is the verb in the right tense?
  • Do the subject and verb agree?
  • Are adjectives and adverbsused correctly in the sentence?
  • Is this idiom used correctly?

Strategy questions consists15-20% of the ACT test. Strategy questions will ask you to think like an English teacher. These questions often begins with the phrase, “The writer wishes to add…” or something similar.
The correct answer will always do two things: serve as an introduction to the paragraph while also as a transition sentence between the paragraph and the one that came before it.

Style questions consists 15-20% of the ACT test. The bottom line comes down to one question: “What is the most effective word to use in this sentence?” There are two main tricks in order to succeed on style questions.

  • The answer should not be redundant, i.e., it should not provide information which is already in the passage.
  • The answer should carry the same tone as the rest of the passage.


Punctuation questions consist 15-20% of the ACT test. 10 questions at most, punctuation is the most straightforward part of the test. The following are the six punctuation topics:

  • Semicolons
  • Commas
  • Apostrophes
  • Colons
  • Parentheses and Dashes
  • Periods, Exclamation Points, and Question Marks

Final Thoughts
This article read will definitely give your ACT English score a boost, but if you really want to learn the ends and outs of English and have the perfect grab on the language then, read books and watch English documentaries.
See you next time, ACT English Masters!