To many of you students out there, the most difficult of the three other multiple-choice tests on the exam, is the ACT reading test. It contains four passages of approximately 90 lines in length with 10 multiple-choice questions following each passage. It's necessary that you use some ACT reading strategies since you only have 35 minutes to read each passage and answer the questions. Otherwise, your scores will land somewhere in the teens, which is not going to help you get a scholarship.  bring a watch that has a silent timer, silent being the key word. Since you'll be answering 40 questions in 35 minutes (and reading the passages that go along with them) you'll need to pace yourself, because you will not be able to have your cell phone during the test. Some students who take the ACT Reading test have reported only being able to finish two of the four passages because they took too long to read and answer. Keep an eye on that watch! The four ACT Reading passages will always be arranged in this set order: Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science. This strategy requires to read the easiest paragraph first.

 

ACT reading strategies

This doesn't mean that you have to read the passages in that order, however. Choose the passage that's easiest to read first. For instance, if you happen to like stories, then go with Prose Fiction. Choose Natural Science in case you are a little more scientific-minded. You'll have an easier time answering questions about a passage that interests you, and doing something right builds your confidence and sets up you for success in the next passages. Success always equals a higher score!  Be sure to quickly underline important nouns and verbs as you read and jot down a brief summary of each paragraph (as in two-three words) in the margin when you reading the passages. Understanding the most important verbs and nouns not only gives you a specific place to refer to when you're answering the questions, but also helps you remember what you've read. Sometimes s key to understanding the passages in their entirety. Plus, it allows you to answer those "What was the main idea of a given paragraph?” Rely on your memory a little bit and cover up the answers to the questions when you read them in case you've gotten the gist of the passage. Why? You may just come up with the right answer to the question and can find the match inside the answer choices. The wrong answer choices can often trip you up since ACT writers include tricky answer choices to test your reading comprehension. You'll have a higher likelihood of guessing correctly in case you have thought of the correct answer in your head before reading them through. Practicing with ACT Reading strategies is key for successful usage. Do not go blind into the test. Practice the strategies at home so you have them firmly under your belt. It's much easier to answer questions when you're not being timed.