Acing Apostrophes on the ACT and SAT


There are a lot of different types of questions on ACT English and SAT Writing and Language, but most of them are designed to test your ability to recognize writing that upholds the three C's: Consistent, Clear and Concise. One particularly tricky and common element that falls into the concise category is the use of apostrophes.

Apostrophes have two uses: possession and contraction. Here's a look at each, including how to spot them and how to correct them (if needed) on the test.

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