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STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU TEST BETTER ON THE ACT
ACT Science Test
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The ACT Science Test
• 40 questions in seven test units that you must answer in 35 minutes • Questions evaluate your interpretation,

analysis, evaluation, and problem-solving
skills associated with science • You will be reading about, and be tested on, Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Sciences, and Physics

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The ACT Science Test
• The ACT test does not measure your advanced knowledge about these subjects • But some knowledge of scientific terms or

concepts is needed (2 years of science
coursework in high school) • The test emphasizes the application of scientific reasoning skills instead of your ability to recall content or your skill in math and reading ability
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The ACT Science Test
Scientific information in the test passages is presented in 3 different formats: • Data Representation: Requires you to understand, evaluate, and interpret graphs, tables, charts, or diagrams • Research summaries: Requires you to understand, evaluate, analyze, and interpret the design, execution, and results of experiments • Conflicting Viewpoints: Requires you to evaluate several alternative theories, hypotheses, or viewpoints on a specific observable phenomenon
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The ACT Science Test
Problem Solving Methodology
• Restate the problem • What information is needed? • Find the needed information • Supply additional scientific information (terms or concepts) as needed
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Test Taking Strategies
• Pace yourself. (less than a minute for each of 40 questions) • Read the text, graphs and tables carefully and understand what the question is asking • When thinking about the information on a graph, identify what is displayed and what unit(s) of measurement are used • Notice captions or legends or any explanation offered. Look for trends in the data. Understand the influencing trends
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Test Taking Strategies
• Be able to identify axis labels, find information in keys, identify variables shown, determine relationships between variables (direct, inverse or other) interpolate data points, extrapolate a

data trend, make hypotheses or predictions
from the data, and translate data from one form into another

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Test Taking Strategies
• Gain an understanding of scientific processes if you don’t have that already • Be prepared to identify assumptions, hypotheses,

controls and variables, how experiments
compare to each other, and the good and bad characteristics of experiments • Be prepared also to determine the possible effects of altering the experiments and to make predictions from the results of experiments
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Test Taking Strategies
• When working with conflicting viewpoints, you will have to interpret the viewpoints, theories, or hypotheses, and determine how the viewpoints compare, along with their good and bad characteristics • Be prepared to determine how the

different viewpoints explain the same
phenomenon

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