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Ideas for Progress: Range 16–19

ACT Explore/ACT Plan/The ACT Reading

To enhance their skills in each reading-related strand, students who score in the 16–19 score range may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 16–19
Main Ideas and Author's Approach
  • analyze techniques used by the author of a text to reveal or conceal his or her point of view
Supporting Details
  • explain in their own words the significance of specific information in written or nonprint sources
  • distinguish between what is most and least important in a text
Sequential, Comparative, and Cause-Effect Relationships
  • place events from a literary text in chronological order by locating substantial evidence from the text
  • identify similarities and differences between people, objects, events, or ideas, drawing accurate conclusions
  • identify interrelationships between and among people, objects, events, or ideas in written or nonprint sources
  • determine factors that have clearly influenced the outcome of a situation
  • identify statements in texts that clearly state the cause(s) and effect(s) of specific events
Meanings of Words
  • clarify the meanings of words or descriptive phrases by searching for clues in the text (e.g., sentence structure, context, prefixes/suffixes, spelling patterns)
Generalizations and Conclusions
  • make accurate generalizations about people and events based on evidence presented in the text
  • identify inaccurate generalizations (e.g., stereotypes) in written or nonprint sources
  • identify details in a challenging text that confirm or disprove conclusions drawn by the author or narrator and by the students themselves or their peers
  • make reasoned judgments about ideas and events based on evidence from written or nonprint sources