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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!



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

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!