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Your stategies on Reading and Science

SlowpokeSlowpoke Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
edited August 2008 in ACT Preparation
Ok so we all know they are pretty similar. Reading is...well reading! And Science is reading with graphs, tables, and figures thrown into the mix. I'd like to know if your reading and science stategies differ or similar.

I've been reading the whole passage in Reading and got pretty high scores (29-31), but for Science so far I have low scores (26) and I dive into the questions first without reading.

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Replies to: Your stategies on Reading and Science

  • Agold31Agold31 Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    I did terribly in science sections, practice and real, until my final time taking the real ACT when i got a 32 in science. It's all about getting used to the speed. Generally the passages get harder and harder, so try to go as quickly as possible in the first ones. Also, don't try to delve into every question. Almost all of them are actually very simple, but when you're pressured you tend to over-think the questions. Hope that helps.
  • PeytonclinePeytoncline Registered User Posts: 2,465 Senior Member
    i use the same strategies you do for reading and science.. i just takes some practice and some time.. also, a science background in school does help you in terms of speed in science (since you may know some questions already w/o the help of the passages).. i just say get a lot of practice tests and use those strategies and see where they take you
  • PeytonclinePeytoncline Registered User Posts: 2,465 Senior Member
    here is an expanded version of my reading strategy (i don't really have a science strategy, per se, except for just diving right into the questions)

    reading strategy:

    read the passages as fast as i can and NOT try to comprehend everything.. if i missed one or two sentences, i'd just blitz over them b/c chances are they aren't needed... also.. by just reading it and NOT TRYING to comprehend it, you remember a lot more than you think... on the first three tests, i tried to comprehend it... average score was a 23 (25, 21, 23) on reading.... on the last 2, i didn't try to comprehend it, and my average jumped 10 whole points to a 33 on reading (32 and 34)... that's the strategy for me that works on both science and reading... on science, i read even faster and really skim it because the questions usually refer you to where you need to go if you look carefully... but on reading i take a little more time to read it without going over the time limit

    remember, it's not reading fast without understanding -- it's reading fast without TRYING to understand. If you sit there and constantly think about what you're reading, you'll slow down and you can get confused. If you just read it without thinking about what your reading, you'll retain a lot more information than when you think. It's a weird concept, and it took me a while to grasp. But, when you eventually get it down, it really pumps your reading score up (from 25, 21, and 23 up to a 32 and 34 for me). When did this, I was able to answer 4 of the 10 questions of each passage without even going back to the passage (all in my memory). I then answered 2 to 3 by looking at the passage to make sure I had the right choice (i thought I knew the answer, but I wasn't totally sure). And, I answered the remaining 3 to 4 questions by searching the passage b/c i didn't know the answers. Because I did this, my timing got a lot better (I still had moments where I got behind on time, but some passages just naturally take longer than others for me). But I always finished under this method, whether it was at home or those 2 times i took the test and got a composite of 34 with the 32 in reading and a composite of 35 with the 34 in reading

    that helped me.. there are many other strategies out there, but your problem and the problem i had with reading a little while back are pretty identical.. so try this out for a while and see if it works (it takes a little time, practice, and patience, but it'll work out)... took me a few months, but i eventually got the hang of it
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