ACT Reading: Natural Science Subsection

ACT Reading: Natural Science Subsection

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This tutorial will explain the structure of the Natural Science subsection of the Reading Comprehension ACT exam. It will explain important strategies for success and basic tips of the trade. Our experts here at Sophia have chosen these strategies based on their experience raising students’ scores.

  • When reading the Natural Science section, focus on cause and effect relationships between natural phenomena, compare/contrast and sequences of events.


  • This section is usually about something scientific and why it’s significant.


  • Circle or mark key terms. Look for conflicting view points/theories.


  • Science articles are typically written without emotion, so when a scientist is trying to “warn” the audience about an outcome from the research, that is when emotion can be conveyed in the passage.

ACT Reading Comprehension: Natural Science Subsection