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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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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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ACT Science – Research Summaries Strategy

The ACT Science Test will always be the fourth test you’ll take. It will have 7 passages and you’ll have 35 minutes to complete them. That’s about 5 minutes per passage so moving confidently through this test is essential! It takes practice to gain confidence in interpreting data and understanding the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary. […]

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How to Weaken a Scientific Hypothesis on the ACT Science Test

Some ACT Science questions ask about the hypotheses each experiment is based on – some will ask you to weaken and some will ask you to strengthen these hypotheses. For the weaken questions, you must fully understand the set-up behind the experiments in order to know whether the results will weaken a conclusion. Try a […]

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The ACT Science Test: Biology Breakdown

The good news is that while you do NOT have to be an excellent science student to score highly on the ACT Science test, some knowledge of the concepts tested and a familiarity with the presentation of certain concepts will almost certainly lead to better scores! 🙂 Passages dealing with Biology may involve body systems, […]

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“Predict Before You Peek” on the ACT Science Test

The Official ACT Student website states you must do the following to get the most points on the ACT Science Test: “understand the information provided, examine critically the relationships between the information and the possible interpretation, and generalize from the information in order to draw conclusions or make predictions.” A prediction is an inference you […]

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Interpreting Evidence on the ACT Science Test

In Data Representation, Research Summaries, and Conflicting Viewpoints passages, you will need to be able to understand how scientific evidence is presented and answer questions based on this evidence.  These are a lot like “Detail” questions on the ACT Reading Test. To answer “Interpreting Evidence” questions correctly, ask yourself these 3 questions: 1. What type of […]

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ACT Science – Point of View Questions

Conflicting Viewpoints: Understanding Point of View As you read each ACT Science passage, look closely for keywords that help you identify each scientist’s opinions. What does the author like? What does he dislike? What adjectives and adverbs does he use to describe the various scientific topics? He may feel positively about one thing, and negatively […]

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