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Ideas for Progress: Reading, Range 28–32

To enhance their skills in each reading-related strand, students who score in the 28–32 score range on the ACT® college readiness assessment may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 28–32
Key Ideas and Details Close Reading
  • identify facts or details embedded in complex texts
  • synthesize information, making valid generalizations or conclusions about people and situations
Central Ideas, Themes, and Summaries
  • locate and analyze ideas in a highly complex text and write a well-reasoned summary of the whole text
  • determine the chronological sequence of events and the spatial relationships in complex texts (e.g., an excerpt from chapter 1 of The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger)
  • analyze subtle relationships between and among people, objects, events, and ideas in complex texts or films, forming accurate inferences
  • read conflicting viewpoints of an event and use textual evidence to identify which viewpoint has the most reasonable explanations of causes and effects
  • identify implications and possible consequences of actions in highly complex texts
Craft and Structure Word Meanings and Word Choice
  • search for words or phrases that suggest the author’s attitude toward his or her subject, characters, or audience
  • employ strategies for defining a difficult concept, such as identifying its characteristics or providing examples of what the concept is and is not like
Text Structure
  • explain how some sentence constructions (e.g., using parallel structures, many or no conjunctions, purposeful redundancy) affect the meaning of the text
Purpose and Point of View
  • determine the purpose of a complex text, evaluating the impact of literary devices (e.g., imagery, irony, symbolism) on the text’s meaning
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas Arguments
  • recognize and study the evolution of an author’s argument(s) as presented in a complex informational text
  • determine the author’s or narrator’s position toward a specific topic, issue, or idea by noting key facts, claims, and details from the text
Multiple Texts
  • examine information from multiple sources and perspectives in order to draw logical conclusions about people, objects, ideas, and situations
  • identify faulty or overly simplistic assumptions or conclusions that go beyond the evidence presented in multiple informational texts