About This Chapter
Compass Reading Test: Types of Questions on the Exam - Chapter Summary
Gain a solid understanding of the different kinds of questions you will be answering on the Compass Reading Test with the lessons in this chapter. The brief video lessons you will come across inform you on the different approaches to take depending on the question. Content in this chapter spans the following:
- Detail and word meaning
- Main ideas
- Supporting details
- Cause and effect and sequence of events
- Author's tone
- Logical fallacies
- Argument structuring and supporting claims
- Hypothesis, explanations and conclusions
After you have gone over the lessons, you can take quizzes for practice to assess your comprehension of the content. Each of the fun video lessons that you will come across has a corresponding lesson transcript to review.
ACT Compass Reading - Chapter Objectives
The ACT Compass Reading Test is used as a placement tool and assesses students' readiness for entry-level coursework in college. You'll see multiple-choice questions based on five different types of reading passages. This chapter tells you about the types of questions asked on the exam.
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. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples
Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection
News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.
7. What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them
Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that can throw your argument off track and confuse your reader. This video explains how to identify a few common logical fallacies and how to steer clear of them.
8. Hypothesis, Explanations & Conclusions in Reading Passages
All science experiments follow the same pattern in order to determine the truth. This lesson discusses how some reading passages use the similar structure of a hypothesis, explanation and conclusion to prove arguments.
9. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay
When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.
10. Supportive vs. Unsupportive Claims in Reading Passages
This lesson will give you insight into the differences between evidence and claims, how evidence is used to create supported claims, and how to spot unsupported claims in reading passages.
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