Boost Your Reading Scores

Personal Best Test Training: Technical Reading™ gives you the strategies you need to approach reading and comprehension with confidence. You'll form skills and strategies so you can do your best on questions that require reading, understanding, and interpretation of text and complex graphics in timed-testing situations like the ACT Science, SAT and PSAT Reading, and SAT and PSAT Writing and Language tests.

ACT, SAT, and PSAT Preparation


The ACT Science Test is packed with difficult - and often confusing - graphics. The perceived difficulty, compounded by the fact that this subtest occurs at the end of the test-taking period, causes some students to get frustrated and skip over passages full of complicated graphics. 

ACT Science Test questions are based on these topics:

  • Life sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth/space science
  • Physical science

The test presents scientific information, data, and experiment summaries that are interwoven with regular text and charts, graphs, tables, and other visual information. Test-takers must then analyze, interpret, evaluate, and apply the information they see in front of them, as well as compare alternative viewpoints.


The SAT now embeds graphical information - tables, graphs, and charts - into passages featured in the Reading and Writing and Language tests. These reading materials present challenges similar to those of the ACT. The good news is that the approaches to successfully dealing with them are similar.

PBTT: Technical Reading presents you with a solid attack strategy that empowers you to approach graphical information in a systematic and efficient way, and helps you answer questions effectively. This same process can also be used to demystify intimidating reading materials. 

Backpack-Friendly Practice Books

The 64-page PBTT: Technical Reading guide provides:


  • Strategies for analyzing, interpreting, evaluating, and applying visual information (graphs, charts, and tables) 
  • Tips for answering questions based on passages combined with graphics 
  • 10 practice sets that use ACT and SAT-style graphics and technical reading passages

Download PBTT: Technical Reading Study Guide sample pages

TEACHERS: A complimentary, eight-page teacher's guide is included with each set of 30 PBTT: Technical Ready Study Guides purchased. The guide provides activities to help you enhance and extend learning in the classroom.

A Comprehensive Solution

PBTT: Technical Reading is just one part of a comprehensive solution to help you do your best on the ACT and PSAT/SAT. For an overview of the entire Personal Best Test Training program, click here.

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