Author: Rebecca Walsh
The best way to approach the science section of the ACT is as not as a test of your general science knowledge but as a test of your ability to distill and analyze information. While there may be 4-5 questions on each science section that require background knowledge of a scientific topic, 95% of the answers can be found within the passages. So don’t panic! By developing your ability to read graphs, charts, and tables you can greatly improve your score.
The science section includes three types of passages: charts or graphs, experiments, and conflicting hypotheses. I recommend that students skim the questions before reading the passages. Most of the questions concerning charts or graphs can be answered without reading the entire passage. For a student struggling with time, this can free up precious minutes. However, passages that present conflicting scientific theories must be read completely before answering any question.
Be mindful while taking practice science sections. While the topics covered may differ, the same skills are being tested. Below are a few of my most common suggestions for students as they conquer the science section.
Good luck! With hard work and daily practice, in no short time you will be able to achieve your dream score.