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Ch 34: ACT Reading: Overview

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Prepare for the college-entry ACT reading test by reviewing effective reading strategies. Our video lessons with quizzes present the essential elements of the Reading Overview section in a user-friendly format.

ACT Reading: Overview - Chapter Summary

The ACT reading test assesses your ability to comprehend different types of reading passages. Some readers naturally find certain types of reading selections easier to understand than others will. Find out what to expect in all four types of reading passages contained in the ACT reading test:

  • Prose Fiction
  • Social Studies
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities

This chapter contains reading strategy hints to help you sharpen your comprehension skills for each of the four types of passages. The lessons provide an overview of the basic structure of the test and practice in answering multiple-choice questions. The topics are organized in short video lessons that will help you pass the reading portion of the ACT test.

ACT Reading Objectives

The ACT college-entry assessment determines your readiness to accomplish first-year college coursework. The reading portion of the ACT test measures your reading comprehension through a 35-minute, 40-question exam. Our reading lessons cover important objectives from the ACT test:

  • Derive meaning from four types of reading selections
  • Determine main ideas
  • Use reasoning to find implied meanings
  • Locate and interpret important details
  • Make conclusions, generalizations and comparisons
  • Analyze narrator's or author's voice

Each of the four types of reading is devoted to 25% of the ACT reading test. Multiple-choice questions follow the reading passages. You will have three scores reported for the reading test: a sub-score based on social studies/natural sciences, a sub-score based on prose fiction/humanities and a total score based on all 40 of the questions.

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