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Ideas for Progress: Range 28–32

ACT Explore/ACT Plan/The ACT Reading

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

Score Range 28–32
Main Ideas and Author's Approach
  • locate and analyze ideas in a complex text and write a reasoned synopsis of the 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
Supporting Details
  • identify facts embedded in complex informational texts
Sequential, Comparative, and Cause-Effect Relationships
  • determine the chronological sequence of events and the spatial relationships in complex texts (e.g., Dickens, García Márquez, Morrison, Tolstoy)
  • analyze subtle relationships between and among people, objects, events, and ideas in complex texts or films, forming accurate inferences
  • identify implications and possible consequences of actions in complex texts
Meanings of Words
  • employ strategies for defining a difficult concept, such as identifying its characteristics or providing examples of what it is and is not like
Generalizations and Conclusions
  • examine information from multiple sources and perspectives (including the author's or narrator's) in order to make reasonable generalizations about people, objects, ideas, and situations
  • evaluate the impact of literary devices (e.g., figurative language) on the meaning of a literary narrative