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Emily Cain
12-02-2016
12:02 PM ET (US)
1. I thought that reading with my pencil kept me going without stopping, but sometimes I would start to go too fast and wouldn't comprehend some of the things I read and would have to go back. If I got a good pace figured out I believe that using my pencil would help a lot with my time.

2. With my prose passage it takes me around 8 minutes every time I have taken it. With my science passage it takes me from 5 to 6 minutes. I don't know that skipping the first passage would affect anything because I am not that short on time.

3. My goal for the ACT reading section is a 25, with more work and practice with the reading test I think I can reach my goal.

4. One of the reading strategies that has helped me is taking the voice of me reading out of my head. This helps because when I have the voice in my head I would try to read it I would slow it down in my head. Eliminating this voice helps me just absorb the information.
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Keith Vockrodt
12-01-2016
11:12 AM ET (US)
1. At first i was just reading and not guiding myself. Then after i started reading with my finger it helped me read faster and more efficiently.
2. I noticed that reading with your finger helps if comprehend the information better to answer the questions. No i think that if i read the first passage it gives a starting summary of what the passage will be about. I also think that it is good to read the first passage so it gets you thinking about the right answers for the questions.
3. What is your goal score for the ACT Reading section? (Answer in 1 sentence)
4. The best strategy that i found to help me the most was reading with your finger. Another strategy i found out helped was underline certain things you may think are important as you read.
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Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
11-15-2016
10:25 AM ET (US)
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Isaiah Ohayon
11-10-2016
04:00 PM ET (US)
1. For the first two passages I did out of the book I did it without using my finger and my times were fairly bad. The second two I used my pencil and there was a big decrease in my time. This did help a lot and it is a great method that I will use from here on out.

2. The natural science passages for me went by in a flash and I did a pretty good job on those ones where as the first passage took me longer and i didnt do as good so yes skipping the first passage would be good for me.

3.My goal score for the reading test is 24

4. The two strategies that work for me the best is follow the text with a pen and the other one is circle the answer in the book before you fill it in the answer sheet.
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Ethin Svoboda
11-10-2016
01:41 PM ET (US)
1. I read with my finger at the start, but I realized it was kind of getting in the way of me reading. Then I switched to just reading and that worked out fine. I think reading with a finger or pencil doesn't really hinder or help it is neutral in my opinion. Sometimes it did come in handy but in other times it didn't.

2. I think also starting with the 4th passage would be ideal for me because it comes to show that as I go on in the passages my score starts to downgrade. From my scores, I got a lower score for the less time I used, but the more time I used I got a higher score. I also think skipping the first passage, would be a good strategy, because like I said before it seems to get harder as they go.


3. My goal for the ACT reading test is a 21 or higher.

4. One that I actually liked is ready when your book is upright from the desk but in the end the books are flimsy and it just kept moving around.
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Nick Gabbert
11-10-2016
01:17 PM ET (US)
1. At first, I tried reading with my pencil, that didn't work out to well. And then I switched to my finger and that worked out a whole lot better. When I was using my pencil I caught my self wandering to other parts of the passage, but when I used my finger I was able to focus more.
2. I feel like starting out with the 4th passage would be a good idea for me, because me scores showed that I got a higher score and a lower time on the last passage. And thats totally opposite for the prose passage, I got a lower score, and my time is higher. So skipping the first passage, would be a good strategy for me to get a good head start on the test.
3. My goal for the ACT reading test is a 24 or higher.
4. Using my finger to read really helps me out, and also looking at the first and last sentences of the passage. It helps you get a good idea about what the passage will be about.
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Kamryn Lindskov
11-10-2016
01:13 PM ET (US)
1. I read with my pencil, and i found it helped me focus on the text rather then get distracted.

2. My first passage was the lowest score and the most boring for me to read. Therefore I do think saving this one till last would be a good idea.

3. My goal for my reading portion of the act is a 20.

4. A reading strategy that has worked best for me is reading the passages in 3:00 minutes. It allows be more than enough time to answer the questions.
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Hailee Fischer
11-10-2016
01:02 PM ET (US)
1. I did try reading with my finger, which is what I normally do when I am reading books. I have always found that it helps me stay focused, and I also noticed that using my finger while taking these practice tests has increased my speed.
2. A trend that I see with these different passages is that my Prose Fiction time takes longer time than my Science passage does. Also, I found that my score on the Science passage is better. I think that skipping the first passage would be a good strategy for me to use.
3. My goal for the ACT reading section is to get over a twenty-four.
4. I used one strategy that has really helped me: reading the first and last sentence of each paragraph, then reading the questions, and finally I read the whole passage so that I can answer the questions. I find that going through the questions before reading the whole passage gives me an idea of what to look for while reading.
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Madyson Adams
11-10-2016
01:00 PM ET (US)
1.Yes, I tried reading with my finger. I feel like it helps, because you never lose track of where you are and it keeps you focused and stops your mind from wondering off.
2. The prose passage time scores were higher than he science passage time scores. I did better on the science portion better than I did in the prose portion. I also finished about two minutes faster in the science than I did in the prose. I think that skipping the first passage would be a better strategy for me because it takes longer and will give me a better time.
3. My goal for the ACT reading section is a 25.
4. I have tried 2 strategies from the reading portion that is working good for me. While reading, I read with my finger and that really seemed to help me out. I also learned that jotting them down and then transferring my answers into the bubbles works good for me and gives me a better time.
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Grace Dellman
11-10-2016
12:59 PM ET (US)
I used my pencil to follow where I was reading. I feel that it helps because I am forced to look at those words rather than look ahead or go back. I noticed that I spend significantly more time on the Prose passages compared to the science passages. My scores are higher for the Science passages compared to the Prose passages. I don't think that skipping the first passage would be good for me because I know that I can get the last one done in a shorter amount of time. My goal for the ACT Reading section is a 32. The strategy that worked the best for me was turning off the voice inside my head. This helped because I could go faster and I didn't automatically analyze what I was reading.
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Meadow Smith
11-10-2016
12:58 PM ET (US)
1. I first started out with my finger, but then switched it over to my pencil and I found out that using you pencil does make you read a lot faster. The pencil method did help and I will use this technique more often.
2. I noticed that if I take time to go back into the paragraph, I will find the answer and most likely get it right. For the first passage I think that It would be best to skip it. I feel like it would be better to skip it and come back so I don't waste all my time on that passage trying to figure out the answers.
3. My goal for the ACT reading section would be a 26 or higher.
4. Using your pencil to read, it really helps you read faster. I also think that another tip would be to trying doing different passages in different orders, so that you can get the easy ones done and save time.
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Kaelynn Ahrendt
11-10-2016
12:58 PM ET (US)
I tried first reading with my finger but I got distracted by it. Then I used my pencil and that worked a lot better. It helps me to read faster. When I did the second prose passage, my time was a lot fast and I got more right. When I did the second science, my time was faster but I got the same number corrected as the first time. I think saving the science one for last would be my best strategy because if I am running low on time I know I can read that one quickly. My goal score for the ACT reading section would probably be a 28. Out of all the different strategies we have learn in the videos and powerpoints I think using my pencil is the best strategy. It helps me keep track of where I am at and it helps me read faster then I do with out it.
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Stephanie Rueter
11-10-2016
12:57 PM ET (US)
1. When I practiced the reading test, I used my pencil. I think that the pen actually helps keep you reading so your eyes don't get distracted or off to some other world, I will keep on using my pen every time I practice/test the reading test.
2. I found that the middle (Test 2 and 3) gave me the hardest struggle. I didn't really find a pattern except for that every test I seem to get some wrong. Possibly when I did this, I wasn't as concentrated. I think that I could try skipping the first part of the test and seeing if that would perhaps help me do better.
3. My goal is around 24-26.
4. I like the "reading with the pen/finger" idea. I think that it helps me the most to gather information and to keep me from getting distracted.
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Taylor Shumaker
11-10-2016
12:56 PM ET (US)
Reading along with your pencil can help a little bit. i usually just keep it on the line I'm on otherwise it gets in the way.

The prose passages take longer than all the other passages with an ok score. I think it ould be in my best interest to skip the prose passage till the end. That way you can get the easy one out of the way and then come back to the hard one.

My goal is 24.

Don't read the questions ahead of time. Otherwise you will be focused on just that one question rather than getting important information from the story.
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Devin Garrett
11-10-2016
12:56 PM ET (US)
1. Research suggests that reading with your finger helps. KEEP TRYING that! Did you try reading with your pencil or finger? Do you feel like that helps or hinders? (Answer in 2 sentences)
Yes, I used my pencil. I feel like it speeds up my time and does significantly help me read faster and more efficiently.

2. Look at your two PROSE passage times and scores and your two SCIENCE passage times and scores. What pattern or trend do you notice in terms of times and scores? AND... Would skipping that first passage be a good strategy for you? (Answer in 3 sentences)
I took less time when I used my pencil to read rather than not. I also got more correct when using my pencil to read. It improved my time and question answering significantly.

3. What is your goal score for the ACT Reading section? (Answer in 1 sentence)
I guess my goal would be like a 20-25 I guess? I dont really know what a average/good score would be.

4. Thinking about the several strategies we saw in the videos and powerpoints, share the ONE reading strategy that seems to work the best for you. (Answer in 2 sentences)
Definitely using my pencil to keep me on track and to read faster. It improved my skills with reading the passage, and answering the questions.
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Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
11-10-2016
12:40 PM ET (US)
1. Research suggests that reading with your finger helps. KEEP TRYING that! Did you try reading with your pencil or finger? Do you feel like that helps or hinders? (Answer in 2 sentences)

2. Look at your two PROSE passage times and scores and your two SCIENCE passage times and scores. What pattern or trend do you notice in terms of times and scores? AND... Would skipping that first passage be a good strategy for you? (Answer in 3 sentences)

3. What is your goal score for the ACT Reading section? (Answer in 1 sentence)

4. Thinking about the several strategies we saw in the videos and powerpoints, share the ONE reading strategy that seems to work the best for you. (Answer in 2 sentences)
Edited 11-10-2016 12:48 PM

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