Tip From Josie: Acing the ACT Science Section

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Hi everyone, my name is Josie and I am a rising junior at Harvard College concentrating in Chemistry with a secondary in Economics. I have worked as a tutor at HSA Tutoring for a few years now and I really enjoy it. I want to help students perform to the best of their ability, whether in class or on standardized tests.

Today I will be providing some tips for the ACT Science section. I know some of you aren’t very fond of science but don’t be intimidated by the ACT Science section. It’s not as scary as it sounds. You don’t need to be a science whiz to do well on the Science section.

The Science section does not test your science knowledge; it tests your reading comprehension. In the science section, you will be asked to read passages and then answer questions based on those passages, a lot like the reading section except now the passages are about scientific things. The passages and their accompanying graphs and charts will provide you with enough information to answer the questions correctly. So even if you’ve forgotten what homeostasis is, you’ll still be able to answer the questions correctly.

Your only concern should be answering all the questions correctly. You will have 35 minutes to answer 40 questions so, depending on your reading speed, you may not be able to read all the passages and answer all the questions in the time allotted. You should take some practice tests to figure out if you can finish all the questions and read all the passages in 35 minutes. If you can’t, that’s ok. Because the answers to the questions are found in the information you are provided with, to save time, you can simply go straight to the questions and then go back to the passages or figures to find the answer. If you have a little bit of extra time, I recommend skimming the passages and figures first. Remember, to succeed on the ACT Science section, you need to be able to comprehend what you read and interpret data presented in the figures provided. The information you are given in the science section is sufficient to answer the questions you will be asked.

Remember, to succeed on the ACT Science section, you need to be able to comprehend what you read and interpret data presented in the figures provided. The information you are given in the science section is sufficient to answer the questions you will be asked.

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