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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.