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ACT Reading: What passage types should I expect?

Hiya! I'm studying for the ACT and having a bit of a tough time deciphering the types of passages that'll show up on the Reading section. What kinds of passages should I expect, and how can I best prepare for them? TIA!

7 months ago

Hey there! For the ACT Reading section, you'll typically encounter four passage types: literary narrative, social science, humanities, and natural science. You'll find one passage from each of these categories, making a total of four passages that you'll need to read and answer questions about.

To best prepare, try to expose yourself to a variety of reading materials from each of these categories. For literary narrative passages, read fiction or personal narratives. For social science, go for historical, economic, or psychological texts. For humanities, explore essays on art, literature, or music. Lastly, for natural science passages, read articles or essays on biology, chemistry, or physics.

Additionally, don't forget to practice with actual ACT reading passages from official practice tests. This will help you become familiar with the types of questions you'll come across and the pacing you'll need to follow. Good luck with your studying!

7 months ago

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