ACT English and reading sections advice (books)

<p>I just took two practice ACTs from "The Real ACT Prep Guide".</p>

<p>I am able to get between 34-36 on math and 33-36 on science. Which I am happy with.</p>

<p>On the Reading section I got 31-32 and on the the English section i got a 28-29. I want a 34+ on both of those sections.</p>

<p>I got a composite of 32 both times. I want a 35-36. I believe it is doable. I am willing to work hard (and desire to work smart). I am willing to put in 100+ hours to achieve my goal.</p>

<p>I have always done well in my English classes and have done well on essays but I never fully learned all of the grammar that I need to know. I am also an avid reader but reading comprehension isn't my strongest suit. </p>

<p>How can I improve my reading and English section scores? I already know the basic test taking strategies and don't merely test taking strategies... I want books or programs that teach the actual underlying skills necessary to succeed. What do you recommend? </p>

<p>Also I will be doing practice tests, so far I have been only reviewing the answers that I missed. I heard from xiggi that it is good to review all answers... do you guys think that is worth it?</p>

<p>First, 32 is an excellent score. If you took the test tomorrow you'd most likely get a composite between 30 and 34. Even if you don't improve past a 32 you should realize that a 32 composite will keep you in the running for any school in the country. Your knowledge base is strong and it sounds like you have the strategies - nice job!</p>

<p>Next, the English section... I'm guessing that you are missing a few questions due to a lack of awareness of some grammar rules. I would suggest the Barron's ACT book to fill in the gaps here.</p>

<p>Ok, Reading section... What type of questions are you missing here and why? Are you running out of time or are you struggling with questions that test interpretation? Again, Barron's will help - but they will "overprepare" you for each section.</p>

<p>As for reviewing answers, personally I'd only look over ones that I was not sure of. YMMV - start practicing and see how it goes.</p>

<p>On the reading section I am missing questions that have to do with characterization of characters or misinterpretation of parts of the passages.</p>

<p>You're not the only one who misses questions like that - some kids say that those are typically the most difficult ones to answer. This type of question is possibly the most ambiguous/subjective on the ACT.</p>

<p>I would look for certain words or phrases to clue me in on a character's perspective or mood of the overall piece. Sometimes they are there, other times you just have to try to "read between the lines". Most prep material has explanations of correct answers at the end of the book, and you can see why you missed the question.</p>