Welcome To Act Reading!

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Welcome To Act Reading!

  1. 1. Welcome to ACT Reading!
  2. 2. Abilities Tested: • The Reading Test assesses your ability to understand, interpret, and analyze prose drawn from reading passages: – Prose Fiction: excerpts from short stories or novels – Humanities: architecture, art, dance, music, philosophy, theater – Social Studies: anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology – Natural Sciences: biology, chemistry, physical science, physics
  3. 3. Remember… • The questions test your reading and reasoning abilities, not your prior knowledge of a subject or knowledge of vocabulary or rules of logic.
  4. 4. Common types of questions ask you: • About the main idea, point, purpose, or possible titles of passages • About important details or information this is directly stated • About the meaning of a word or phrase in a passage • About information that is assumed, implied, or suggested that can be reasonably inferred
  5. 5. Common types of questions ask you: • To recognize an author’s point of view • To make comparisons between ideas or characters • To identify cause-effect relationships • To make generalizations
  6. 6. Suggested General Approaches • Since there are 4 passages and a total of 40 questions (10 per passage) to complete in 35 minutes, you should spend just under 9 minutes for each passage and set of 10 questions. • Because of the time allotment and number of questions, you must work quickly. Don’t get stuck on any one question.
  7. 7. Suggested General Approaches • There is no penalty for guessing, so if you don’t know the answer, take an educated guess if possible, but always fill in an answer. • As you read the passages, mark the main points and other items you feel are important. Be an active reader.
  8. 8. Suggested General Approaches • You may wish to quickly skim some of the questions (but not the choices) before reading the passage. This pre-reading can give you a clue about the passage and what to look for. • Make sure to choose the BEST answer. There may be more than one CORRECT answer!

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