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Category: ACT Science Test

Kristin Fracchia

ACT Science Question Types

Knowledge is power, and becoming familiar with the question types on the ACT Science test can do wonders for your test prep plan. Learning these question types can help make an unfamiliar test seem like an old friend (maybe?) and can help you more easily identify your plan of attack for different questions. You won’t […]

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Kristin Fracchia

Introduction to the ACT Science Test

Does the ACT Science Test seem a little intimidating to you? The kind of test that sucker punches your confused, tired brain after you have valiantly battled through sections of English, Math, and Reading? Do not fret! It’s not as scary as it seems. Check out the video below that will ease you into your […]

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Kristin Fracchia

The Magoosh ACT YouTube Channel is Live!

We are pleased as punch to introduce you to our MagooshACT YouTube Channel where we will be sharing all our best ACT strategies and test prep tips! It’s our goal to help you ace the ACT with short, informative videos that aren’t totally boring to watch. 🙂 And we are starting with the most notorious […]

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Susanna Langholm

ACT Science Reasoning: Part 1

I remember being baffled in tenth grade by the inclusion of a science portion on a state standardized exam, not understanding how a test for which we supposedly could not study would ask us about content we had possibly never seen before. Thinking I had been set up for a big loss, I soon came to realize that my only failure lay in my lack of realization that the skills measured by the test were ones I already had- they just required a different application.

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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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How to Follow the Procedure in an Experiment on the ACT Science Test

For some ACT Science Test questions, you will need to be able to answer questions on how certain experiments are set up. These questions can appear in any of the three Science passages: Data Representation, Research Summaries, and Conflicting Viewpoints, but are much more common in Research Summaries. It’s important to extract the set-up from […]

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Physics and the ACT Science Test

According to the Official ACT website: “Advanced knowledge in these subjects is not required, but background knowledge acquired in general, introductory science courses is needed to answer some of the questions.” The Physics passages on the ACT Science Test tests what you can do rather than what you already know and if you’ve taken a […]

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How to Compare Two Experiments on the ACT Science

One type of ACT Science passage, Research Summaries, will present descriptions of one or more related experiments and will require you to answer questions about one or both experiments. To compare them accurately, answer the following questions as you read: How is each experiment set up? Make sure you understand the method for each experiment. […]

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Rita Neumann

3 Steps to Rock Conflicting Viewpoints Passages on the ACT

In Conflicting Viewpoints passages, on the ACT Science Test, several different viewpoints or hypotheses will be presented on a specific scientific phenomenon. The first few paragraphs will describe the phenomenon and the remaining paragraphs will outline each student or scientist’s viewpoint. These passages typically contain more words than Research Summaries or Data Interpretation passages, so […]

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