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Ideas for Progress: Range 13–15

ACT Explore/ACT Plan/The ACT Reading

To enhance their skills in each reading-related strand, students who score in the 13–15 score range may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 13–15
Main Ideas and Author's Approach
  • work with peers to create logical statements about the main idea or purpose of simple paragraphs
Supporting Details
  • determine which details in a text are essential to understanding the author's or narrator's intended message
  • scan a text in order to locate specific details (e.g., dates, specialized terms, facts)
  • identify the author's or narrator's reasons for including specific information in the text
Sequential, Comparative, and Cause-Effect Relationships
  • analyze how an author or narrator uses description, dialogue, and action to suggest relationships between characters in written or nonprint sources (e.g., films, ads)
  • select phrases or statements from a literary text that illustrate how a specific character feels toward others in the text
  • read portions of a literary text, predicting how a person's actions or words would likely impact a specific situation
  • use various strategies (e.g., questioning, role-playing) to determine plausible cause-effect relationships
Meanings of Words
  • examine specific language in a text and propose plausible interpretations based in part on their own viewpoints and experiences
Generalizations and Conclusions
  • analyze the reasonableness of generalizations by reviewing information presented in the text and from other sources
  • compose generalizations that include qualifying language (e.g., a few, sometimes) when limited evidence is presented by the author or narrator
  • determine what a literary narrative is generally about, organizing the text's information into general statements that are supported by details from the text
  • draw reasonable conclusions about people and situations using evidence presented in a text