The ACT Science Section is part of 40 multiple-choice questions that students get 35 minutes to answer. Roughly 25% to 35% of this Act Science Section requires test-takers to participate with scientific models.
Models can take many forms, including tables, diagrams, and graphs. For students who face tough times with modeling, having an average of less than one minute per question is formidable. To increase the comfort level, it is important to become familiar with test content and expectations.
ACT Science Test Section comes in three forms: Data Representation, Conflicting Viewpoints, and Research Summaries. Students will need to modify their approach for each one. Data Representation focuses mostly on charts and graphs, so students will need to practice identifying variables, units, and trends.
The Conflicting Viewpoints passage typically has no diagrams and is all most like the paired passage you will encounter on the reading test. Research Findings describe one or more experiments.
Students will need to understand the Purpose, Method, and Results for each experiment and know what the differences and similarities are between them. Don’t treat these 3 formats all the same; they are each quite unique.
Unlike the SAT, the ACT tests a broader range of subject areas. While both tests measure skills in humanities and math, only the ACT test skills in science. The Science section of the ACT has been a part of the test since it was first introduced. Originally know as Natural Sciences, it was changed to Science Reasoning and is now simply called Science.
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