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Reading Strategies 1. Before you choose a passage, look at all four passages. Start with the easiest one, and save the harder ones for later. 2. Outline the passage as you read. Keep track of paragraph topics so you can look up answers later. 3. Always check back with the passage when answering questions. Don't try to answer from memory. Wrong answers are designed to trip you up by mentioning something from the passage that will sound familiar. 4. You may not get to every question, but be sure you answer the questions with specific line references. They can usually be answered by reading only a few lines. 5. Don't get too creative when picking your answer. Stick to the plain facts as they're written. If you have to come up with a creative argument to support picking a choice, then that choice is probably wrong. Types of Reading Passages Natural science: passage topics may include biology, chemistry, geology, and other sciences. Some passages may address these issues from a social or historical perspective. Social science: passage topics may include history, social and political movements, and other issues involving people. Humanities: passage topics may include poetry, literature, languages, philosophy, and other issues related to thinking and writing. Narrative: memoir or a personal account of an event in someone's life. Common Reading Question Types: Primary Purpose/Main Point: ask about the main points in a reading passage (don't answer these until you have read the entire passage). Detail: test your understanding of what is explicitly mentioned in the passage. Inference: ask you to read between the lines and recognize what the author implies in the passage. Vocabulary-in-Context: test your understanding of how certain words are used in the passage. Why?: ask for the reason the author does or says something specific in the passage. Tone: ask how the author expresses her or her ideas.
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English Strategies Here's what's on the English Test: There are two basic question types on the English Test: Usage/Mechanics and Effective Writing. You will see the same general passage topics, such as a narrative or an account of an achievement of a member of an under-represented group. About 40 of your 75 questions will test punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure. About 35 of your 75 questions will cover the writers' aims, organization, and style. Pacing Strategy: Most test takers don't get through all 75 questions in the time allowed. The good news is that you don't have to answer every question to get a good score. For example, in order to score an 18 on the ACT English test, you'll only need to answer about 40 questions correctly. An 18 would be about the 37th percentile, and just 5 more correct answers would bring you up to the 50th percentile! Here are some important tips for choosing the easiest questions to handle:
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2008 for the course ENGLISH SAT Prep taught by Professor None during the Spring '08 term at Kaplan University.

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