ACT Reading: Strategy


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How should you approach the passages on the ACT reading test?

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1. You're working on a prose fiction passage and get to a question you can't answer. What should you do?

2. Which passage type on the ACT is hardest?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The reading portion of the ACT is designed to test your ability to read given passages and answer questions about the passage correctly. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of how the ACT reading portion is meant to be taken. Some ACT reading strategies you'll be assessed on include what to do when you get stuck on a question, how thoroughly you should read each passage, and a breakdown of the different types of passages.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following test taking strategies:

  • Skipping questions or spending more time on them
  • Leaving questions blank or guessing
  • The order in which you should approach questions
  • Penalties for guessing or skipping questions

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the reading passages given
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of each passage's subject
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about each passage in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast complexities of each passage
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding each passage, and determine which pieces of information given are relevant to the subject

Additional Learning

To learn more about how to approach the ACT reading section, review the accompanying lesson on ACT Reading Strategies. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn tips for cracking the reading passages and accompanying questions to save yourself time, answer accurately, and get the highest score you can
  • Identify the four passage types and what makes each one different
  • Become familiar with the order you should complete each section in order to maximize your chance for answering questions correctly