The Reading section of the ACT is designed to test reading comprehension skills that show your understanding of what is directly stated and statements with implied meanings.
Duration: 40-questions, 35-minutes
Strategy #1: In the ACT, time is an important factor. Some answers in this section of the ACT can be found in the text. Focus on finding the answers to questions that are paragraph or line-specific first.
Strategy #2: Quickly skim through the entire passage. Use the scratch paper to take notes as you read along. Jot down words that’ll help you remember the story or what you think may be important.
Strategy #3: The prose passages in the reading section of the ACT cover topics in social studies, natural sciences, prose fiction, and the humanities. Convince yourself that you’re interested in the passages to help you retain the material. This will also add to your understanding of it.
Strategy #4: Read the remaining questions and go with your gut when choosing the answers.
Strategy #5: Pay close attention to what each question is asking. Be careful not to fall for a common ACT trap of choosing a “factually true” statement that doesn’t abide by what the question asks you to refer back to for the correct answer.