ACT English Practice Test 74: A Medical Journal

DIRECTIONS: In the passages that follow, certain words and phrases are underlined and numbered. In the right-hand column, you will find alternatives for the underlined part. In most cases, you are to choose the one that best expresses the idea, makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, or is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage as a whole. If you think the original version is best, choose “NO CHANGE.” In some cases, you will find in the right-hand column a question about the underlined part. You are to choose the best answer to the question.

You will also find questions about a section of the passage, or about the passage as a whole. These questions do not refer to an underlined portion of the passage, but rather are identified by a number or numbers in a box.

For each question, choose the alternative you consider best and fill in the corresponding oval on your answer document. Read each passage through once before you begin to answer the questions that accompany it. For many of the questions, you must read several sentences beyond the question to determine the answer. Be sure that you have read far enough ahead each time you choose an alternative.


A Medical Journal

Working as an editor for my university's medical journal is very fellow editors and long hours year-round maintaining the various parts of the publication. editorial board reconvenes in anticipation of the new fall semester. We develop a formal call for papers , from which we gather a wide variety of papers and reports dealing with all areas of medicine, human biology, and public health. are notified of our calls for papers through our web site, e-mail list, and the flyers that we mail.

by the end of October every year. Editors read each work carefully over the following their critiques to the other members of the board.

as many bad papers as good ones. 24 Those we have trouble deciphering are , and if the formatting is poor, we insist on a revised copy from the author. The editors agree that each paper must reflect the professional standards of the journal and the medical community. they choose those works that they feel provide the most beneficial information for the journal's readers. Despite this policy, disagreements can still occur.

By January, we have enough content to fill three monthly issues of the journal. Once we finalize the

all three issues to the print shop. When the pallet-loads of journals arrive in our office, we hire some undergraduates to address, sort, and bundle them for mailing. In the intervening time, the editorial board again to plan the next three issues and to call for more papers. The sixth and final issue of the year appears in June, and once all work is done, we take off to enjoy a few months of

1. Which of the following alternatives would NOT be an acceptable way to write the sentence?

F. NO CHANGE
G. demanding, my
H. demanding. My
J. demanding; my

2.

A. NO CHANGE
B. I am spending
C. I, spending
D. I spend

3.

F. NO CHANGE
G. In late summer, consequently, the
H. However, in late summer the
J. Later in the summer, as a result, the

4.

A. NO CHANGE
B. to which nationwide research institutions we distribute
C. that we distribute to research institutions nationwide
D. that are distributing nationwide to research institutions

5.

F. NO CHANGE
G. Researchers, and authors
H. Researchers and authors
J. Researchers and authors,

6.

A. NO CHANGE
B. All submissions we receive
C. All the submissions received
D. We receive all submissions

7.

F. NO CHANGE
G. month, and are submitting
H. month; submitting
J. month and then they submit

8.

A. NO CHANGE
B. There always are either
C. Always, they get
D. There are always

9. At this point, the writer is considering adding the following sentence:

Some of the papers even come handwritten, which makes it hard to tell the good from the bad.

Would this be a logical and relevant addition to the essay?

F. Yes, because it serves to establish the tone for the remainder of the passage.
G. Yes, because it provides additional details regarding the journal submissions.
H. No, because the passage does not discuss the relevance of the form of the submitted papers.
J. No, because it is ambiguous whether handwriting a paper is a good or bad thing.

10.

A. NO CHANGE
B. immediately declined
C. declining immediately
D. immediate declined

11.

F. NO CHANGE
G. For example,
H. Moreover,
J. However,

12.

A. NO CHANGE
B. Passionately and fervently, editors often argue for their choices.
C. Editors often argue passionately for their choices.
D. For their choices, editors argue passionately and often.

13.

F. NO CHANGE
G. layout, we're sending
H. layout we send
J. layout we just send

14.

A. NO CHANGE
B. meet
C. meeting
D. has been meeting

15.

F. NO CHANGE
G. well-earned vacation.
H. vacation, that is well-earned.
J. vacation earned well.