How Often is ‘NO CHANGE’ Correct on ACT English?

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How Often is NO CHANGE Correct on ACT English?

The majority of questions on the ACT English section have “NO CHANGE” as the first answer choice. The “NO CHANGE” answer choice indicates that the underlined word or phrase is correct within the context of the sentence, but sometimes students hesitate to select it because they think “NO CHANGE” is a trick and there should be an error.

In this article, we will talk about how frequently a “NO CHANGE” answer is the correct one.

The data comes from four officially published ACT tests.

Test-by-Test Analysis of “NO CHANGE”

How Often is NO CHANGE Correct on ACT English?

Test #1

 

# of questions with “NO CHANGE” option # of correct “NO CHANGE” answers % of correct “NO CHANGE Answers
57 21 36.8%

 

Test #2

 

# of questions with “NO CHANGE” option # of correct “NO CHANGE” answers % of correct “NO CHANGE Answers
62 18 29.0%

 

Test #3

 

# of questions with “NO CHANGE” option # of correct “NO CHANGE” answers % of correct “NO CHANGE Answers
50 17 34.0%

 

Test #4

 

# of questions with “NO CHANGE” option # of correct “NO CHANGE” answers % of correct “NO CHANGE Answers
59 18 30.5%

 

Summary

 

Test # # of “NO CHANGE” correct answers % of correct “NO CHANGE Answers
1 21 36.8%
2 18 29.0%
3 17 34.0%
4 18 30.5%

 

As you can see, the percentage of correct “NO CHANGE” answers on each test was higher than 25% and actually ranged from 29% to over 36%.

 

So, now that you know this information, how can this benefit you when you take the ACT?

How Should You Use This Information?

Use this information only as a rough guide. The number of correct “NO CHANGE” answers varies from test to test. As you practice, keep in mind that on the ACT English section the simplest answer is usually the correct one. The reason there are so many correct “NO CHANGE” answers is that the other options contain unnecessary additions to the underlined word or phrase.

 

It is reasonable to expect that “NO CHANGE” answers will be correct 25-39% of the time; if your number of “NO CHANGE” answers is significantly higher or lower than this range, you have most likely made mistakes and need to go back and review the questions you are not sure about more closely.

Surprisingly, the “NO CHANGE” is the correct option more than 1/4th of the time, so if you run out of time and need to guess, your odds of getting the right answer may be higher if you pick “NO CHANGE.”

Next Steps

As you practice the ACT English section, you will notice that the simplest answer is most often the correct one, but many students feel that the wordier answers are right. Read this guide if you need help eliminating wordiness and/or redundancy on ACT English.

If you are looking for a more general guide, read all about the grammar rules covered on the ACT (coming soon).

Watch my YouTube video: https://youtu.be/VmRDXRXRtPg

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