How to Ace the ACT Science Section

How to Ace the ACT Science Section

The ACT test is your first step toward college and the career of your dreams, but the best things in life aren’t easy to get. We know you are willing to fight for your dreams because you are here at Union Test Prep, and we are going to help you prepare for what is probably the scariest part of the ACT test: the Science section. Here, you’ll find tips and secrets for acing the Science section of the ACT test.

Knowledge vs. Skills

The thing that probably scares many people (including you) the most when thinking about the Science section of the ACT test is the wide range of topics and subjects it covers (physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, geology, etc.). But you shouldn’t worry. What this section is actually testing is not your knowledge of the subject, but the skills needed to solve science problems. You won’t need an elephant brain to memorize all the details, but you’ll need to exercise and sharpen your problem-solving skills to ace this section. There are two main areas on which you should focus.

Interpretation Skills

First of all, you should focus on your interpretation skills. All questions have a supporting text and/or data, so you’ll have to use the skills you learned for the Reading section of the test to be successful. These skills will enable you to clearly understand what the text is saying and how you can find the answer. Additionally, the scientific information will be presented to you in the form of graphics, tables, research summaries, and conflicting viewpoints. You will need to have the skills for correctly interpreting and handling all these different kinds of information, taking into account the principles of the scientific method.

Mathematical Reasoning Skills

You should also work on your mathematical reasoning skills to ace the Science section of the ACT test. Math is the language of science, and you’ll need to know how to recognize trends, interpolate, extrapolate, translate graphs into tabular data (and vice-versa), compare, and predict.

If you follow our advice and develop your skills rather than memorizing science facts, you’ll be more likely to get a perfect score on the ACT Science section and inch closer to achieving your goals.

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