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Ideas for Progress: Range 24–27

ACT Explore/ACT Plan/The ACT Reading

To enhance their skills in each reading-related strand, students who score in the 24–27 score range may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 24–27
Main Ideas and Author's Approach
  • develop a reasonable interpretation of the central theme(s) or main point(s) of a challenging text
  • divide challenging texts into sections, determining what the key points are for each section
  • determine the primary purpose of specific sections of a text or the text as a whole
  • use two different mediums (e.g., sculpture, poetry, photography, music) to present a synopsis of the main idea(s) of a text, thereby expanding understanding of the text's meaning
  • identify subtle evidence that conveys the author's or narrator's point of view in challenging texts
  • change the wording of a text in order to convey a different tone or attitude (e.g., from persuasive to serious)
Supporting Details
  • enumerate aspects or characteristics of people, objects, events, or ideas
  • interpret and integrate details in a text in order to verify or contradict a specific point or claim made by the author or narrator
  • recognize and study the evolution of an author's argument(s) as presented in a complex informational text
Sequential, Comparative, and Cause-Effect Relationships
  • read texts containing challenging sequences (e.g., flashback, flash-forward), discussing how the order of events affects understanding of the text
  • explain how altering a series of events would likely change the outcome of a situation or the actions of the characters
  • develop an in-depth understanding of the fine distinctions between literary characters in a challenging text by closely examining the language used by the author or narrator
  • identify relationships between ideas and/or people in a challenging text and how those relationships develop over the course of the text
  • identify clues in a challenging text that suggest possible motives for and effects of a person's actions or words
  • read conflicting viewpoints of an event and use textual evidence to identify which one has the most reasonable explanations of causes and effects
Meanings of Words
  • develop and use strategies for deciphering the meanings of words or phrases embedded in richly figurative or technical contexts
  • analyze figurative and technical language in the media, relating some instances to a personal experience
Generalizations and Conclusions
  • synthesize information in challenging texts, making valid generalizations or conclusions about people and situations
  • confirm or disprove generalizations suggested in texts by providing examples or counterexamples from other sources