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Welcome to ACT prep! ACT English/Reading. Please take out your ACT prep booklet and a pen or pencil. Overview:. I can’t give you magic strategies.  Today: suggestions for what you can do on your own time to practice and improve your skills and scores English first, then Reading.

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Welcome to act prep act english reading

Welcome to ACT prep! ACT English/Reading

Please take out your ACT prep booklet and a pen or pencil.


Overview

Overview:

  • I can’t give you magic strategies. 

  • Today: suggestions for what you can do on your own time to practice and improve your skills and scores

  • English first, then Reading.


English

English:

  • Looks like this:

  • Example on page 14 of your ACT prep booklet.


The basics english

The Basics: English

  • 75 questions, 45 minutes

    • Usage/Mechanics:

      • Punctuation: 13%

      • Grammar/Usage: 16%

      • Sentence Structure: 24%

    • Rhetorical Skills:

      • Strategy: 16%

      • Organization: 15%

      • Style: 16%


Tips english

Tips: English

  • Try skimming the passage first, then going back to the questions.

  • Read the whole sentence, not just the part underlined.

  • Be careful that you don’t correct an error by making another error.

  • Once you choose an answer, reread the sentence with your new answer to make sure it makes sense.


How to improve english

How to Improve: English

  • Take practice tests and READ EXPLANATIONS. Not helpful just to take the test. Reflective practice is the only way to get better at this!

    • Online resource: ACT.org

    • Barron’s ACT book in CRC


How to improve english1

How to Improve: English

  • Take practice tests and READ EXPLANATIONS. Not helpful just to take the test. Reflective practice is the only way to get better at this!

    • Online resource: ACT.org

    • Barron’s ACT book in CRC

  • 6 types of question. Figure out which area needs most work:

    • Your ACT booklet, page 60

    • Barron’s website online, have to pay, can do a demo

    • Even better, Barron’s ACT book in CRC


  • How to improve english2

    How to Improve: English

    • Take practice tests and READ EXPLANATIONS. Not helpful just to take the test.

      • Online resource: ACT.org

      • Barron’s ACT book in CRC

  • 6 types of question. Figure out which area needs most work:

    • Your ACT booklet, page 60

    • Barron’s website online, have to pay, can do a demo

    • Even better, Barron’s ACT book in CRC


  • The basics reading

    The Basics: Reading

    40 questions, 35 minutes

    • 2 types of questions:

      • Referring: 35%ish

        • Questions that refer directly back to the text—you can “find” the answer in the text.

      • Reasoning: 65%ish

        • Questions that ask you to make inferences, draw conclusions, read between the lines. Stuff you can’t “find” in the text, but have to figure out yourself.

    • 4 passages: one each of Social Studies, Natural Sciences, Fiction, and Humanities.


    Reading

    Reading:

    • Looks like this:

    • Example on page 34 of your ACT prep booklet.


    Tips reading

    Tips: Reading

    • Some students skim questions first, some read passage first.

    • Read passage carefully or you won’t be able to answer reasoning Qs (65%!)

    • Write on the passage as you read-- activates more areas of your brain.

    • Fake interest. No, really. 


    How to improve reading

    How to Improve: Reading

    • Same resources and methods as English—figure out which types of questions give you trouble, practice just those.

    • Read. A lot. Focus on nonfiction (you get enough fiction in English class). Newspapers, news magazines, etc.


    Time to practice

    Time to practice!

    • Turn to page 14 in your booklet.

    • Try questions 1-5. Feel free to talk them through with the person next to you if you wish.


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