Reading has countless benefits. Great books can supercharge your verbal skills and vocabulary, enhance your general knowledge, spark curiosity about the world, and even foster empathy. While standardized tests like the SAT and ACT focus on a narrower set of skills than the vast array nurtured by reading, students who read challenging books can see a real boost to their testing skills. With this in mind, here are some of Mindfish’s recommendations for interesting and engaging books that can help students feel more confident and prepared for specific sections on the SAT and ACT.
These titles would be especially helpful for the literature and prose passages on the SAT Reading and ACT Reading sections.
These books from the 1800s and early 1900s feature language that would help students with the historical passages on the SAT Reading section.
Contemporary History Books
These books explore fascinating historical topics and are similar to what students might read for the social science passages on the SAT Reading and ACT Reading sections.
Students who prefer reading fiction but want to improve their science literacy may enjoy these science fiction titles, which incorporate scientific terms and concepts into compelling narratives.
For students who would like to improve their reading skills for the ACT Science section and for the natural science passages on the SAT Reading section, these titles explore fascinating scientific topics.
This “science biography” tells the story of the woman whose cells, without her knowledge, enabled some of the most valuable scientific breakthroughs of the twentieth century. It also examines the troubling history of racial exploitation and human experimentation in medicine and poses important bioethical questions about the ownership of genetic material.
Students who love sports can also increase their familiarity with history, social sciences, and even statistics with the following titles.