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Category: ACT Science Test

Kristin Fracchia

ACT Science: Passage Types

There are three distinct passage types on the ACT Science test: Data Representation, Research Summaries, and Conflicting Viewpoints. Here’s how the numbers break down on most tests. In the past, there always used to be 3 Data Representation passages, 3 Research Summaries passages, and 1 Conflicting Viewpoints passage on each test (7 passages total). However, […]

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Kristin Fracchia

ACT Science: Linking Tables and Graphs

While many questions on the ACT only require you to look at one figure or table, there are also many that require you to combine information gleaned from multiple figures, tables, or even information in the passage. This is not as intimidating as it might initially seem if you follow one key process. I call this “finding the link” (a real creative title, I know).

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Kristin Fracchia

ACT Science: Using Key Terms

One of the most fundamental strategies for doing well on the ACT Science test is knowing how to identify the key terms in the question and find them in the passage. Because you don’t have time to read and understand everything in the Science passages, it’s essential to be able to quickly pull out the key pieces of data and find and use them. It’s about training your brain to hone in on finding key terms rather than understanding everything that is going on in the passage, and it will allow you to increase the number of questions you can confidently get right.

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Kristin Fracchia

ACT Science: Finding Trends and Patterns

One of the most important skills you need to master for success on the ACT Science test is how to quickly and accurately determine trends and patterns in figures and tables.

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Kristin Fracchia

TuesdACT Video: Top 3 Tips to Improve Your ACT Science Score

  Hey there and happy TuesdACT! This week we are rounding out our ongoing series of top tips for each section of the ACT. Let’s cut to the chase: what can you do to see the biggest increases in your ACT Science score?   Tip 1: Don’t read the passages first (except the Conflicting Viewpoints […]

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Kristin Fracchia

Has the Format of the ACT Science Test Changed?

Our students have been reporting that, on both the February and April 2015 tests, the ACT Science format was not at all what they expected. To be clear, the ACT Science format has always been standard in that it contains three types of passages: Data Representation, Research Summaries, and Conflicting Viewpoints. However, recently test-takers have […]

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Kristin Fracchia

ACT Science Practice

Check out these top strategies for practicing ACT Science, and then practice with these authentic ACT Science questions (with explanations) yourself.

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Kristin Fracchia

ACT Science Strategy: Answering “Yes/No Because…” Questions

Many of the trickiest questions on the ACT Science test ask you to do more than just identify details and trends in the data, they ask you to make inferences about the presented scientific situations and experiments. Sometimes they ask you what would happen if something changed about the scientific situation or what the results […]

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Measurements on the ACT Science Test

Measurements questions on the ACT Science Test involve the numbers and corresponding labels that appear in the graphs and tables of the Science passages. Questions that involve measurements sometimes allow you to approximate if the answer choices are far apart. Measurements questions are almost like Math questions with a Science theme. It helps to recall […]

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Physical Sciences on the ACT

Just like other areas of the exam, the ACT Science Test wants to know what you can do rather than what you already know, so you won’t be required to have a vast knowledge of physical sciences. You already know all the Science knowledge you’ll need on Test Day from your high school Biology and […]

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