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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
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.
1. ACT Reading: Types of Passages
Wondering what kinds of passages you'll have to tackle on the ACT Reading test? Getting familiar with the passages can help boost your score and save you a lot of pain: here's an overview.
2. ACT Reading: Strategy
Watch this video to get some tips and tricks for a high score on the ACT reading test, including time-saving ways to approach the passages and strategies for managing the questions.
3. Structure of the ACT Reading Section
Learn how the ACT Reading test is set up, what the questions are like, and how the scoring works, so you can approach it without fear and tackle the passages confidently.
4. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension
Getting the gist, or point, of a written document is a skill. Learn the guidelines that help readers quickly grasp the gist of an essay and use this skill to improve reading comprehension and writing, too.
5. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies
Students of literature are sometimes required to answer multiple-choice questions about literature. Explore strategies to take tests and understand how to consider the literary text, the test questions, and your options to successfully complete the test.
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