Resources › For Students and Parents ACT English Questions, Reporting Categories, and Content Share Flipboard Email Print Getty Images | Richard Cummins For Students and Parents Test Prep ACT Test Prep Test Prep Strategies Test Registration Study Skills SAT Test Prep GRE Test Prep LSAT Test Prep Certifications Homework Help Private School College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Kelly Roell Education Expert B.A., English, University of Michigan Kelly Roell is the author of "Ace the ACT. " She has a master's degree in secondary English education and has worked as a high school English teacher. our editorial process Kelly Roell Updated January 03, 2020 Shakespeare, you’re not (even if you do look good in those Elizabethan tights). That does not mean you can’t score well on the ACT English test. Trust me on this. Most of what you will encounter on the ACT English section of the exam is stuff you have done a million times in school. Sure, the format is different but the content should be fairly easy for those of you who didn't fail out of all of your English and Language Arts classes. Read below for all of the ACT English Basics. And when you’re done getting the lay of the land, read through the ACT English strategies to help yourself before you test! ACT English Basics If you’ve read ACT 101, you know the following goodies about the ACT English section: 5 passages of text75 multiple-choice questions (fifteen per passage)45 minutesApproximately 30 seconds per question ACT English Scoring Just like the other multiple-choice sections, the ACT English section can earn you between 1 and 36 points. This score will be averaged with the scores from the other multiple-choice sections (Math, Science Reasoning and Reading) to get you your Composite ACT score. You'll also get your raw scores based on reporting categories that were introduced in 2016. Here, you'll see how many questions you answered correctly in the Production of Writing, Knowledge of Language, and Conventions of Standard English. They do not in any way affect your section or composite ACT score. Rather, they give you an indication of where you can improve if you should take them again. The English score is also tabulated with the Reading and Writing section scores to give you an ELA (English Language Arts) score. Like the The average ACT English score is about a 21, but you’ll have to do much better than that if you’d like to hit up a top university for admissions acceptance – more like between a 30 and 34. ACT English Test Content As I stated previously, you'll have three reporting categories scattered throughout the ACT exam. You will not see "Production of Writing," "Knowledge of Language," or "Conventions of Standard English" sections - that would be too easy! Rather, you'll encounter these types of questions as you work through all five passages. Production of Writing Topic Development: Identify the author's purposeIdentify whether a portion of text has met its goalEvaluate the material's relevance in terms of the text's focusOrganization, Unity, and Cohesion:Use strategies to create a logical organizationUse strategies to ensure a smooth flowEnsure effective introductions and conclusions Knowledge of Language Ensuring concision and precision in word choiceMaintain consistent styleMaintain consistent tone Conventions of Standard English Sentence Structure and Formation: Identify misplaced modifiers (adjectives, adverbs, etc.)Fix run-ons, fragments and comma splice sentencesResolve problems with improper clause usageCorrect parallel structure. PunctuationResolve improper usage of commas, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, quotation marks, etc.Improve the text with various punctuationUsageRecognize common problems with standard English usage.Revise common problems to improve the writing.