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Pay Attention to the Question!

On the ACT English section, you’ll see Rhetorical Skills questions that will require you to add, delete, or revise a sentence. Most of the time on questions like these, the grammar of the question will be irrelevant: all the choices will be grammatically correct. So how do we make the right decision?

As I discuss in the ACT English Bootcamp, you can use Four Principles to help make the best choice, especially when the choices seem too similar to pick just one. If you ever get stuck between 2 or 3 choices on an ACT English Rhetorical Skills question, then the Principles should be able to help.

One of the most important is Principle 3Give the question what it wants. Some questions will tell you exactly what they’re looking for; make sure your answer choice reflects that as specifically and thoroughly as possible.

Here’s an example problem to illustrate this principle in action: 

principle-3-q

And here’s the solution and my discussion:

Robert Schombs

About the Author:

I’m Rob Schombs, the founder of Reason Prep, creator of these videos, and your test prep tutor. I earned a BA in Chemistry (2006) and an MA in Science and Technology Studies (2009) from Cornell University. In 2010 I started tutoring SAT, ACT, math, chemistry, and writing full-time, and Reason Prep followed shortly after!

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