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Our free ACT learning tools offer a comprehensive suite of resources to help you improve your abilities in this area. We offer diagnostic tests, practice tests, flashcards, and well organized example content to let you dive in to any specific concept within ACT.

Free ACT Reading Resources

Our free ACT Reading learning tools offer a comprehensive suite of resources to help you improve your abilities in this area. We offer diagnostic tests, practice tests, flashcards, and well organized example content to let you dive in to any specific concept within ACT Reading.

You have faced dozens and dozens of exams since starting high school. From the most challenging, abstract math test, to complex and exhausting essays, exams are nothing new. Considering how much time you have had to prepare and practice for these tests, it may surprise you to feel anxious and unsettled as the ACT draws closer. The ACT is one of your most important tests, used as one of the few objective measures that university admissions committees have while selecting students.

Because it is used so widely, and valued so highly by admissions committees, the anxiety you experience may be more acute than other tests you face in regular courses. More than that, however, is the unique nature of the ACT.  In fact, some students struggle on standardized exams because of what a radical departure they can be from in-class exams. Perhaps no section better illustrates this fact than the ACT Reading test.

In the course of 35 minutes, you will be asked 40 questions. Clearly, you have to work efficiently! While answering those 40 questions, you won’t be expected to repeat memorized equations or remember obscure minutiae from your history class. Instead, you will have to read passages on the exam, synthesize them, draw inferences, and answer questions meant to evaluate your capacity for critical thinking.

This approach to testing is probably what makes students the most anxious. Instead of combating anxiety with diligent study and memorization, you have to develop the skills demanded, often very slowly. You can’t memorize your way to a top ACT score any more than you can memorize your way to being a track champion.  

The ACT Reading test, for example, will ask that you highlight the main idea of a passage, compare the ideas of the passage to other ideas, and be analytical with regard to the style and tone of the author’s writing. You may have to judge the use of a word based on its context, or appreciate cause and effect in a story. The best approach to studying for these kinds of questions is practice, collaboration, and reflection over a period of time.

You may never feel as prepared for a test like the ACT Reading test as you do for an in-class exam. Because preparation is so difficult, and anxiety so acute, there are a wide variety of resources available for ACT examinees. On Varsity Tutors’ Learning Tools website, we offer free, high-quality ACT Reading resources that you can use to organize or supplement your studies. Our ACT Reading practice tests and diagnostics offer you the chance to answer practice questions and survey data about your performance results, whereas our ACT Reading flashcards are great for studying on the go via our Learning Tools website or free Varsity Tutors apps. All of our free ACT Reading resources are catalogued by each question’s type and the concept(s) it tests, so whether you want to study a particular detail or a broad range of content, you can do so easily.

Tutors, study groups with other students, and review materials all offer their own strengths in helping you maximize your ACT Reading performance. It’s most important to find what strategy works for you, and invest the time necessary. No matter what your approach, your success will be most dependent on your commitment to putting in the hours necessary to master the skills you need. You should find encouragement that these skills you develop, however, will take you far on both your ACT Reading test, and in many academic challenges to come. Reading comprehension is a skill that you will use everyday in any major or career!

                  

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