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Sentence Clarity

The ACT English & SAT Writing tests aren’t all about grammar – style and clarity also matter! When you’re working through a question, if all the choices seem grammatically correct, than you’ll have to look for other reasons to eliminate choices. In short: look for choices that use proper word choice (diction), are clear (clarity), and are conscise (a.k.a. not wordy).

Here’s a sample question to try; then view the video for a discussion.

Note: This question comes from ACT English, but you should try this question even if you’re taking SAT Writing since you’ll see similar questions on your test as well!

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The question can be found on the ACT’s website.

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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