The ACT science test: Tips for test day

The ACT science test is one of four multiple-choice tests (along with the optional writing test) students will take on ACT test day. The science test measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.

The test contains 40 questions, and students will have 35 minutes to complete them. The content includes biology, chemistry, Earth and space sciences (geology, astronomy, and meteorology), and physics. Students do not need to have advanced knowledge of these areas but instead should have background knowledge you have acquired in high school classes.

The test presents several authentic scientific scenarios, each followed by a number of questions.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind while taking the ACT science test:

1. Read each passage carefully.

Before students begin answering a question, they should read the entire passage (or two shorter passages) carefully. Be conscious of relationships between or among ideas.

2. Refer to the passages when answering the questions.

Answers to some of the questions will be found by referring to what is explicity stated in the text of the passages. Other questions will require students to determine implicit meanings and to draw conclusions, comparisons, and generalizations. Students should always consider the text before they answer any question.

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