The ACT science test is a crucial component and getting a score in the range of 26 dramatically increases your chances of getting into a good college. Let’s discuss how you can improve your ACT science score.
Firstly, go through the study material of ACT science and learn the types of questions that come in the ACT tests. Once you have learned the basics and covered all the topics, you should take timed practice tests, which may free or paid. This way you get familiarized with the actual test.
Students should keep in mind that the ACT Science is the most structured and predictable section of the ACT. There are 3 passage types, and each type has specific question types associated with it. Also, you will see that there are three types of passages: data representation, conflicting viewpoints, and research summaries. Data representation passages are the easiest to solve as they consist of very little text.
You just need to interpret coordinating tables, draw inferences from graphics, and analyze diagrams and figures. You will find that in some cases, you can directly go to the first DR question and answer it correctly. So, try to get as many questions correct from the DR passages before moving to lengthy conflicting viewpoints or research summaries passages.
Many students try to understand every detail of a passage which is a waste of time. Keep in mind that you have just 35 minutes to get through 7 passages and 40 questions. So, time is a huge factor in scoring in the ACT.
ACT science passages may be filled with useless scientific details not required for answering the questions. There may be complicated graphs which are there to confuse you. So, skim the passage and try to understand the central idea of the passage.
One of the most important skills required for ACT science is the ability to understand and analyze graphs and charts as half of all questions on the test are related to them. ACT science has questions on graphs, based on topics that almost no one has seen before and so everyone is on a more level footing.
While answering questions related to graphs, there are three important steps you need to follow. First, skim the introductory text so that you do not miss out on any vital information. Next, read the axis, so that you clear what each axis represents, and what changes can you expect when moving from left to right. Lastly, try to analyze the general shape and movement of the graph.
So, in a few words, you can improve your ACT science score by learning and applying concepts to solve the questions, practice using timed practice tests and learn from your mistakes and don’t waste time by reading and cramming useless information.