Knowing what types of questions are asked on the ACT and SAT can help you when you are studying for this important test.
The questions on the ACT / SAT can be put into 6 broad categories:
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Big picture questions
Answering these questions requires you to read through the whole passage and get the gist of the subject matter and writer’s point of view.
This is the most straightforward section. The questions are very specific. You just have to find the relevant information in the passage to answer the question.
Development and function questions
In this section you may be asked to discuss how the passage is developed or structured and why you think the author chose that particular structure. These questions aim to assess your understanding of how to organize thoughts in writing.
These questions gauge your ability to make inferences based on the information provided in a passage or sentence. You won’t find the answers to these questions directly in the paragraph. Instead, you have to infer the meaning of the given passage or sentence.
Vocabulary in context questions
In this section, you will be asked to explain the meaning of a word as it is used in the context of the given paragraph.
Find the mistake
Some questions will ask you to isolate the grammatical mistakes, select the answer with the best sentence structure, or something along those lines. The technicality of English is highlighted here.
Spending your time practicing these question types will help you be better prepared for your upcoming ACT/SAT.
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