ACTIVE Reading
Passage StRuCtUrE & TYPES
General/Misc.
TIPS
Question types and Wrong Answer Traps
General process for answering questions
100
This section tests your understanding of standard, formal English.
What is the English Section.
100
This punctuation mark ends a complete thought when not in a direct quote or an interjection.
What is a period?
100

1 to 36

What is the score range for the ACT Reading test?

100
The four types of stories you will be tested on
What are prose fiction, humanities, natural science and social sciences.
100
True or False: The ACT SCience section tests reasoning over specific content knowledge
What is "true"
200
You should never do this with a question on the ACT, even when running out of time.
What is omit the question.
200
There are seven of these which work together to connect independent clauses and they can be memorized with this mnemonic device
What is "FANBOYS"?
200
True or False a workable strategy is: You should start to answer questions before you have read the entire passage
What is "True".
200
The four science areas tested are:
What are earth/space, physics, biology and chemistry.
300
This section is weighted a little more heavily on the Math and contains how many questions.
What is early arithmetic and Algebra I with 24 questions.
300
The proper puctuation mark in the following example should be: "To cut through root vegetables like potatoes, rutagegas and parsnips, you should use a chef's knife( ) not a paring knife."
What is a comma.
300


Three categories reported for scoring based on specific knowledge and skills


What are "Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas"?

300
Two two "drier and more factual" passages on the ACT Reading section allowing you to use the "SQ3R" approach
What are the Social Science and Natural Science passages.
300
Each ACT Science passage uses these to test data representation; get them and you get the points!
What are the first two to three questions of each experiment!
400
You should read the question, predict the answer and apply your choice to the answer grid on these sections.
What are the English, Reading and Science sections.
400
This punctuation mark should only be used after a complete sentence to introduce a list, quote or detailed explanation.
What is a colon?
400

A score of 22

What is the College Readiness Benchmark for the ACT Reading test?

400
Reading two lines above to two lines below a specific underlined portion can help answer
What are the Vocabulary in Context questions
400
Diagrams are usually used for the Science category of:
What is Biology,
500
The items you should have on test day are:
What are a calculator, your ID, admission ticket, pencils and a watch.
500
This punctuation mark should be used to separate two independent clauses and must also be used with a comma.
What is a semi-colon?
500

All the right answers are restated or demonstrated by the text, the wrong answers are deliberately created by the ACT to attract untrained test takers. This concept is the backbone the ACT Reading section

What is "careful reading"?

500
8.5 minutes
What is the amount of time you have for each passage and its questions.
500
True or False: Scope is just as important to ACT Science as it is to ACT Reading?
What is True! Don't be intimidated!
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