Science Section Doesn’t Mean Science

The ACT is a standardized test that tests student’s skills in five key areas: English, Reading, Science, Mathematics and Writing (optional). Students in class 11th or 12th take the ACT so that they can submit their scores to colleges as part of the college application process for undergraduate programs from universities (majorly from USA) across the Globe.

Format of the Exam

The ACT Exam is composed of four multiple-choice sections—English, Math, Reading, and Science and Essay (Optional). Total testing time is 3 hours and 35 minutes for the ACT with Writing.

If you preparing for ACT, then you are definitely confused about type of questions that are tested on the science section. It’s one of the most frequently misunderstood parts of the test. Let’s first understand that what exactly is tested on the ACT science section and how much knowledge of science as a subject do you need to perform well on this section.

The duration of ACT science section is 35 minutes and contains 40 questions which mean that you have approximately 53 seconds to spend on each question. ACT’s science section is more like the reading section than the math section – which may come as a surprise for many students. Each question on the math section has its own task or set of information to answer the problem. However, for both the reading section and the science section, one has to read a passage and then answer a series of questions related to that respective passage. ACT science section contains seven passages. There are seven passages on the science section. Each passage contains bar graphs, pie charts, experiment summaries, or conflicting viewpoints from different scientists. Every passage is followed by a set of four to seven questions. So to do well on this section, you need to be able to quickly as well as   accurately read and understand scientific data given. The key to improving the scores on the science is master the types of questions/passages that are tested here. Let’s have a close look at strategies to push the score beyond 32+

  1. Discover your Weakness – Time management or Content

This is SUPER important to first know the weak areas on this section to prepare well. Try and take only Science Section Test with a timer of 35 minutes, check if you can finish all the questions in time and then check your accuracy.

  1. Don’t get into scientific details -ACT science section is full of scientific details BUT be confident that you do not have to comprehend the meaning of science passage as whole but you just have to answer the question on the basis of information that is given just like any other Reading Comprehension passage.  Focus only on two points in a passage- Main point and what is the figure or Chart showing.
  1. Most Structured Section on ACT – Yes, this is the most predictable section on the exam so it is very essential to understand every passage type to be able to perform on test. Here you go with all the question types :
  1. 3 Data Representation Passages – describes a study, heavy on graphs and charts

Read-the-Graph Questions – Calculating Values & Interpreting Trends

  1. 3 Research Summaries Passages – describes an experiment with multiple parts

Interpreting Experiments, Experimental Design, Hypothetical Experimental

Changes

  • 1-Conflicting Viewpoints Passage – 2 or more scientists disagree

Understanding /comparing Viewpoints

  1. Get comfortable with basic scientific terms/ Concepts -More or less; ACT Science is far more a reading skills test than it is a science test. You can score well without understanding much science at all. But if you want a PERFECT score of 36, you will have to understand the most important scientific concepts. The ACT DOES expect you to know these well, even if the information isn’t integrated in the passage. ACT will always give one such question where concept knowledge will help you the most.

Let’s have a look at the example given below:

To be able to answer this question you must know that photosynthesis occurs in chloroplasts.

Notice how much we spoke about understanding your weaknesses, and drilling them with good practice. We don’t tell you that there’s a magic solution to getting a 36 that works for everyone. That’s because one-size-fits-all, guaranteed strategies do not actually exist. To perform well on ACT, one has to perform well on all the four sections. Practice and perfection are the two key factors to achieve success on ACT. Keep practising sample tests to get familiar with question pattern. Create a log for your test score and your mistakes. You can easily score high on ACT by putting in necessary efforts.

– Team Leverage

 

The ACT is a standardized test that tests student’s skills in five key areas: English, Reading, Science, Mathematics and Writing (optional). Students in class 11th or 12th take the ACT so that they can submit their scores to colleges as part of the college application process for undergraduate programs from universities (majorly from USA) across the Globe.

Format of the Exam

The ACT Exam is composed of four multiple-choice sections—English, Math, Reading, and Science and Essay (Optional). Total testing time is 3 hours and 35 minutes for the ACT with Writing.

If you preparing for ACT, then you are definitely confused about type of questions that are tested on the science section. It’s one of the most frequently misunderstood parts of the test. Let’s first understand that what exactly is tested on the ACT science section and how much knowledge of science as a subject do you need to perform well on this section.

The duration of ACT science section is 35 minutes and contains 40 questions which mean that you have approximately 53 seconds to spend on each question. ACT’s science section is more like the reading section than the math section – which may come as a surprise for many students. Each question on the math section has its own task or set of information to answer the problem. However, for both the reading section and the science section, one has to read a passage and then answer a series of questions related to that respective passage. ACT science section contains seven passages. There are seven passages on the science section. Each passage contains bar graphs, pie charts, experiment summaries, or conflicting viewpoints from different scientists. Every passage is followed by a set of four to seven questions. So to do well on this section, you need to be able to quickly as well as   accurately read and understand scientific data given. The key to improving the scores on the science is master the types of questions/passages that are tested here. Let’s have a close look at strategies to push the score beyond 32+

  1. Discover your Weakness – Time management or Content

This is SUPER important to first know the weak areas on this section to prepare well. Try and take only Science Section Test with a timer of 35 minutes, check if you can finish all the questions in time and then check your accuracy.

  1. Don’t get into scientific details -ACT science section is full of scientific details BUT be confident that you do not have to comprehend the meaning of science passage as whole but you just have to answer the question on the basis of information that is given just like any other Reading Comprehension passage.  Focus only on two points in a passage- Main point and what is the figure or Chart showing.
  1. Most Structured Section on ACT – Yes, this is the most predictable section on the exam so it is very essential to understand every passage type to be able to perform on test. Here you go with all the question types :
  1. 3 Data Representation Passages – describes a study, heavy on graphs and charts

Read-the-Graph Questions – Calculating Values & Interpreting Trends

  1. 3 Research Summaries Passages – describes an experiment with multiple parts

Interpreting Experiments, Experimental Design, Hypothetical Experimental

Changes

  • 1-Conflicting Viewpoints Passage – 2 or more scientists disagree

Understanding /comparing Viewpoints

  1. Get comfortable with basic scientific terms/ Concepts -More or less; ACT Science is far more a reading skills test than it is a science test. You can score well without understanding much science at all. But if you want a PERFECT score of 36, you will have to understand the most important scientific concepts. The ACT DOES expect you to know these well, even if the information isn’t integrated in the passage. ACT will always give one such question where concept knowledge will help you the most.

Let’s have a look at the example given below:

To be able to answer this question you must know that photosynthesis occurs in chloroplasts.

Notice how much we spoke about understanding your weaknesses, and drilling them with good practice. We don’t tell you that there’s a magic solution to getting a 36 that works for everyone. That’s because one-size-fits-all, guaranteed strategies do not actually exist. To perform well on ACT, one has to perform well on all the four sections. Practice and perfection are the two key factors to achieve success on ACT. Keep practising sample tests to get familiar with question pattern. Create a log for your test score and your mistakes. You can easily score high on ACT by putting in necessary efforts.

– Team Leverage

 

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