What is the REME?
The Rhetoric English Mastery Test (REME) is used to verify proficiency in English grammar and punctuation. Most high schools combine their instruction in English grammar, literature, and composition in classes taught each year. They are often labeled English 9, English 10, etc. At ACA, with our strong emphasis on classical learning, we require three units of literature, a class in Senior Thesis, and one class labeled “Classical Grammar and Composition.” Although teachers will correct the grammar of students in all their classes, Classical Grammar and Composition is the only high requirement that that focuses on covering rules of English grammar. For this reason, any student coming into ACA who has not taken our course, but wishes to either transfer in an English credit or demonstrate mastery of English grammar already, must pass the REME test with a score of 80% or better. Students attempting an Advanced Diploma must score 85% or better. Students taking and passing the Classical Grammar and Composition class do not have to take the REME.
How Does One Sign up for the REME?
The REME test covers essential concepts in a format closely related to college entrance tests. A score of 80% is required to pass, (85% for Advanced Classical Diploma and Advanced Language Diploma), and students may take the test more than once covered by the same initial charge.
Part A - Parts of Speech (5 Multiple Choice): Students identify how particular words are being used in example sentences.
Part B - Parts of a Sentence (5 Multiple Choice): Students identify things like subject, direct object, object of preposition, subject complement, etc.
Part C - Identifying Correct Grammar and Usage (28 Multiple Choice): Students choose sentences that are correct in punctuation, structure, and capitalization.
Part D - Identifying Errors and Editing (12 Multiple Choice Questions): Students read paragraphs and indicate among multiple options which corrections should be made if any.
Part E - Verb Conjugation (25 verbs with two blanks for each): Students are given the present tense of a verb and asked to supply the correct past and past participle forms.
Part F - Vocabulary and Usage (10 Multiple Choice): Students choose from two options the correct form of a word according to its use in a sentence. (For example - John picked up the puppy and combed (its, it’s) fur.)
Part G - Sentence Combining (5 questions): Students combine sentences or clauses as requested into compound or complex sentences.