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4 Smart ACT Reading Tips For Slow Readers: Master The Right Reading Skills

Updated on December 1, 2018
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Winnie is an expert test taker and advisor at GED Study Guide in Test Prep Toolkit.

Watch Your Pacing And Be Time-Oriented When Tackling The ACT Reading Test

One of the topics that you have to contend with in the ACT is Reading. You have to be particular of the time when taking the ACT Reading test because it can go by so swiftly. The time limit for the ACT Reading test is 35 minutes for answering a total of 40 questions. This means you barely have 1 minute to respond to each test item. You basically should not have problems with your reading speed to excel in the ACT Reading test, otherwise you have to get hold of ACT Reading tips for slow readers.

There are reading skills and techniques that you have to possess to be able to answer the questions in the ACT Reading test accordingly. Effective tricks are also necessary so that you can accomplish the test before the time runs out. Here are some tips to guide you in acing the ACT Reading test:

  • Hone your analytical skills. That is, you have to be proficient in analyzing. Learning how to analyze doesn’t have to do with speedy reading, but rather in the pacing of the same. Primarily you should analyze the questions that follow the ACT Reading passages. One of the fundamental ACT Reading tips for slow readers is to check the question, figure out the right response for it and move on to analyzing the explanation in the passage. This same procedure should be applied in every question in the test. Initially tackle those questions that are simple and easy. There wouldn’t be a need for you to speed up with this process, but they key is for you to analyze every question first until you familiarize yourself with them.
  • Learn to be proficient in timing. This skill entails you to implement focus on your reading task and be particular of the time. In this case, you have to be time-oriented. Consider that with a 35-minute time limit for 40 questions, you merely have less than a minute to answer each question. The most apt time allocation for reading a passage and answering its pertinent questions is therefore 8 minutes. Four and 4 is in fact appropriate where you render 4 minutes in reading the passage and another 4 minutes to respond to the subsequent questions. This procedure, done efficiently, will have you consuming 32 minutes for all the 4 passages in the ACT Reading test. Your remaining 8 minutes should thus be alloted to go back and respond to the items that you skipped or found most difficult.
  • Speed reading and skimming works instead of over-reading the passages. Your speed reading skill is necessary in this aspect. Apportion 4 minutes of your test time for skimming. You ought to be able to read speedily because you need to familiarize yourself with the notions in the passage and answer every question at the same time. Reading an ample amount of concepts is imperative here because you have to look at the question and then proceed back on to reading the passage to find the answer. Then again, the first tip which told you to analyze has enabled you to familiarize with the questions already, so you can quickly read over these questions and swiftly look for the answer in the corresponding passage. The first paragraph actually tends to contain sufficient information, so focus on reading it. You can then proceed on reading the bottom paragraph or conclusion because it is equally crucial. Doing this is called skimming and it will help you derive a lot of information.
  • Make your reading fun so that you can prevent boredom. If you’re bored, you’re inclined to easily forget what you have just read. That’s why you have to make your reading fun and engaging. It’ll make the content comprehensible. You can, for instance, make a mental game out of this task by pretending that you’re 7 years old and playing with your friends. Make-believe that you’re hunting for gold and other treasures in your yard, and this treasure chest happens to be the valuable bunch of information that you need to fill in the right bubbles in your answer sheet. Work up your imagination so that you can keep your motivation.

Remember that these ACT tips for slow readers work best if you’ve done your practice. Hone your reading skills by taking ACT Reading practice tests so that you’ll know what to expect and be confident come the big day of your ACT test.


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