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ACT Reading: Question Types - Chapter Summary
Get comfortable with the types of reading questions that might appear on your ACT test with our engaging video lessons with quizzes. Each type of question is illustrated with a clear description and interesting examples. The lessons in this chapter address the following topics:
- Questions that assess understanding of details, word meanings and sequence of events
- How a grasp of the main idea and generalizations might be tested
- Exam questions that explore comparative relationships, including cause and effect items
- How to interpret the author's methods and tone
The lessons in this chapter can help you practice your reading comprehension and test-taking skills. Each of the topics listed above is addressed in a video lesson with a self-assessing, multiple-choice quiz to make sure that you are ready to successfully take the ACT exam.
ACT Reading Objectives
The Reading test contains 40 multiple-choice questions to be completed within 35 minutes. It is meant to gauge your understanding of things that are stated directly and those that are merely implied. Lessons about question types will allow you to practice the same sorts of questions that may appear on test day. Some exam objectives that these lessons can help you meet include the following:
- Finding main ideas and important details
- Understanding the order of events in a selection
- Making comparisons and understanding cause and effect relationships
- Drawing generalizations
- Analyzing narrators' and authors' voices and methods
The reading section of the ACT includes reading passages followed by multiple-choice questions to assess your comprehension skills. The selections are related to topics in the areas of humanities, social studies, literary narrative and natural sciences.
1. ACT Reading: Detail and Word Meaning Questions
Easy points lurk in the detail questions on the ACT, so don't neglect them! In this lesson, you'll learn a 3-step method for answering these questions quickly and accurately.
2. ACT Reading: Main Idea and Generalization Questions
Main idea questions can be some of the toughest nuts to crack on the ACT. In this lesson, you'll get some hints and tips for managing them like a pro.
3. ACT Reading: Cause and Effect and Comparison Questions
Some ACT questions are tricky because they ask you about more than one piece of information at a time. In this lesson, you'll learn about two of those question types: cause/effect and comparison questions.
4. ACT Reading: Author's Tone and Method Questions
Get rhetorical and score some points on the ACT by understanding how to answer questions about an author's tone and method. We'll walk you through examples, plus tips for answering questions on the test.
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