The ACT Science test contains passages on a variety of scientific subjects: biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, etc. 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 test emphasizes scientific reasoning skills over recall of scientific content, skill in mathematics, or reading ability.”
We believe that reading comprehension is the key to be successful with ACT science. In addition, we believe that a review of definitions can enhance your ability to do well in the ACT Science portion. Again, we are talking here about background knowledge and not expertise.
Definitions are key in acquiring a sound background knowledge of any subject, and here is a list of concepts that you might encounter on the ACT Science section. Do let us know if you want to learn more about acing the ACT test. With our revolutionary Smart Scoring System, we can help you learn faster, test smarter and score higher on your ACT.
Many students are afraid of the ACT science section. We often hear reasons such as “I don’t want to take an extra section” or “Science is my weakest subject in school”. They think they have to master science to ace the ACT.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, you have to know what science is, but there is no way you can know everything. The ACT will pick material you have never heard of before.
What students don’t realize is that your approach to ACT science is really no different than your approach to reading comprehension!
If you are struggling with ACT Science, try improving your reading comprehension. What does reading comprehension have to do with science? Simply put, both sections have the same approach and same comprehension methods.