ACT Reading Test Description

ACT Reading Practice Tests Questions - Y2 AcademyThe ACT Reading Test is a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures your reading comprehension. You’re asked to read several passages and answer questions that show your understanding of:

  • What is directly stated
  • Statements with implied meanings

Specifically, you will use referring and reasoning skills to:

  • Determine main ideas
  • Locate and interpret significant details
  • Understand sequences of events
  • Make comparisons
  • Comprehend cause-effect relationships
  • Determine the meaning of context-dependent words, phrases, and statements
  • Draw generalizations
  • Analyze the author’s or narrator’s voice and method

The test comprises four sections, each containing one long or two shorter prose passages that are representative of the level and type of reading required in first-year college courses. Passages on topics in social studies, natural sciences, prose fiction, and the humanities are included. ACT Test reading question types are here:

ACT Reading Test Question Types(40 questions in 35 min.)

Type of Question


Detail Questions

Find and interpret details

Main Idea Questions

Identify the main idea of a passage, paragraph, or paragraphs

Comparative Relationships Questions

Interpret comparative relationships (similarities and differences)

Cause-Effect Relationships Questions

Interpret cause and effect relationships

Generalizations Questions

Draw generalizations

Vocabulary-in-Context Questions

Identify the meaning of words in context

Sequence of Events Questions

Determine when events happened and/or the order of events

Author’s Voice and Method Questions

Identify the author’s style, attitude, and point of view; the main purpose of a sentence, a paragraph, or the passage as a whole

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