Working with one of my kids on ACT Test practice exams, I noticed that the essays in those exams seem to be oriented away from traditional Americanism.
I’ve been working with one of my Little Bookworms to prepare for the ACT Test tomorrow. I’m good at helping. When it comes to the language portion of the test (grammar and reading), I always pick the correct answer. And when it comes to the math and science parts of the test, even though I was never good at those subjects decades ago when I took them in high school, I still get the correct answer more often than not. I am a very good standardized test taker.
So it is that, for the past few days, I’ve been immersed in ACT practice tests. I’ve therefore read a lot of the essays that the ACT writers use to America’s students on their ability to interpret written works and to recognize and apply standarized grammar. I’ve therefore reached a few conclusions:
1. The ACT people are wedded to passive voice. I hate passive voice. It certainly has its uses, but it usually results in flabby, turgid, dull writing.