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ACT Science Test

Detailed information regarding content, format, scoring and strategies for success on the ACT Science Test

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Transcript of ACT Science Test

Overview
ACT SCIENCE TEST
Test Breakdown
Format
Content
Assumptions
Closer Look
Strategies for Success
Questions/Comments
40 questions in 35 minutes
*Biology (e.g. cell biology, botany, genetics, microbiology, ecology, zoology, evolution)
*Chemistry (e.g. properties of matter, acids, & bases, nuclear chemistry, biochemistry)
*Earth/Space Sciences (e.g. geology, meteorology, oceanography, astronomy)
*Physics (e.g. mechanics, electromagnetism, fluids, solids, optics, thermodynamics)
ACT Science exam creators expect that students have the knowledge of science most commonly taught in grades 7-12 and entry-level college subjects.

It is assumed that students taking this test are in the process of taking their core science course of study (three years or more) to prepare them for college-level work AND that students that have already completed two years of science coursework.

You DO NOT need advanced knowledge of science or math to be successful on this section of the test.

PACE YOURSELF
LEARN SPECIFIC STRATEGIES FOR DATA REPRESENTATION PASSAGE
LEARN SPECIFIC STRATEGIES FOR RESEARCH SUMMARY PASSAGES
LEARN SPECIFIC STRATEGIES FOR CONFLICTING VIEWPOINTS PASSAGES
THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN USE THE INFORMATION IN GRAPHS AND DIAGRAMS
THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN USE THE INFORMATION IN TABLES
7 Total Passages
Data Representation: 3 passages, 5 questions each = 15 questions
Research Summaries: 3 passages, 6 questions each = 18 questions
Conflicting Viewpoints: 1 passage - 7 questions
Data Representation
Research Summaries
Conflicting Viewpoints
Requires student to understand evaluate, analyze and interpret information presented in graphic form
Graphs, charts & tables, scatterplots and diagrams
Requires you to understand, evaluate and analyze and interpret the design, execution and results of one or more experiments
Provides descriptions of one or more experiments. Descriptions include: the design, procedures and results of the study. Often depicted by graphs or tables
Requires you to evaluate and compare several alternative hypothesis, or viewpoints on specific observable phenomenon
Based on differing premises or on incomplete data that is inconsistent with each other
Does not directly test your knowledge of the subject, i.e. science or scientific terminology

This section tests your ability to
deal
with science

Emphasizes the application of scientific reasoning skills rather than your ability to recall specific scientific content

All you need to prove is that you know how science works and how to properly read charts and graphs.
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