Ch 32: ACT Science Reasoning: Overview

About This Chapter

Prepare for the ACT's science reasoning questions with the video lessons and quizzes included in this chapter. Instructors can familiarize you with the types of questions included on the exam and help you develop a sound test-taking strategy.

ACT Science Reasoning: Overview - Chapter Summary

Check out the lessons included in this chapter to explore the number and types of test questions appearing on the science portion of the ACT. You can learn how much time you'll be allotted for this section and find out how your answers will be scored. Instructors also outline strategies for successfully answering data representation, research summary and conflicting viewpoint question formats by walking you through sample problems for each type. This chapter can familiarize you with:

  • Test structure
  • Question formatting
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Scoring methods

Lessons are taught by instructors whose expertise can help put your mind at ease when it comes time to prepare for the ACT's science exam. Material is available in the form of short, entertaining videos and illustrated transcripts. Self-assessment quizzes are also included to help affirm your understanding of exam structure.

ACT Science Reasoning: Overview - Chapter Objectives

This chapter can help you prepare for test questions appearing in the science portion of the ACT, an entrance exam used by college and university admissions departments to determine your preparedness for a postsecondary degree program.

Use the video lessons and quizzes to find out what you can expect from the roughly 40% of test questions requiring you to interpret graphs and tables. Research summary questions asking you to analyze descriptions of experiments and their outcomes are also included and comprise 45% of the science test, while the remaining 17% of questions assess your ability to examine and compare differing hypotheses.

10 Lessons in Chapter 32: ACT Science Reasoning: Overview
Structure of the ACT Science Reasoning Section

1. Structure of the ACT Science Reasoning Section

Wondering what you'll see on the ACT Science Reasoning Test? Get an overview of the Science section here, including what kind of passages and questions you'll see and how they're arranged on the test.

ACT Science Reasoning: Strategy

2. ACT Science Reasoning: Strategy

Looking for some tips to help you ace the ACT Science test? Here you'll find helpful hints to get past the two biggest issues students commonly have: time and tables.

Data Representation Passages on ACT Science Reasoning

3. Data Representation Passages on ACT Science Reasoning

Wondering how you'll fare on the Data Representation passages of the ACT Science test? In this lesson, you'll learn what to expect and how to approach the passages to answer accurately while saving time.

Practice with Data Representation Passages on ACT Science Reasoning

4. Practice with Data Representation Passages on ACT Science Reasoning

In this lesson, you'll work through a sample Data Representation passage from the ACT Science section. Learn to put all those crazy charts and tables in their place!

Research Summaries Passages on ACT Science Reasoning

5. Research Summaries Passages on ACT Science Reasoning

Never met a test tube you didn't drop on the floor of the lab? Don't worry; you can still do well on the Research Summaries passages on the ACT. Watch this lesson to find out what they are and how to tackle them.

Practice with Research Summaries Passages on ACT Science Reasoning

6. Practice with Research Summaries Passages on ACT Science Reasoning

Get a sneak peek at what you'll see on the ACT Research Summaries passages, and practice working through the questions quickly and efficiently. You'll also get a chance to do some independent practice on the quiz questions.

Conflicting Viewpoints Passages on ACT Science Reasoning

7. Conflicting Viewpoints Passages on ACT Science Reasoning

There's no reason to be nervous about the Conflicting Viewpoints passages on the ACT Science test. In this lesson, we'll walk through what they are, how they work, and how to crack them.

Practice with Conflicting Viewpoints Passages on ACT Science Reasoning

8. Practice with Conflicting Viewpoints Passages on ACT Science Reasoning

Need some help working through the Conflicting Viewpoints passages on the ACT Science section? In this lesson, we'll walk you through some sample questions.

ACT Science Reasoning: More Reasoning than Science

9. ACT Science Reasoning: More Reasoning than Science

Believe it or not, you don't have to know a lot of science to do well on the ACT Science Reasoning test. Learn why not - and what you do need to know instead.

Deductive Reasoning: Examples & Definition

10. Deductive Reasoning: Examples & Definition

Deductive reasoning involves drawing conclusions from specific statements called premises. Learn more about deductive reasoning and test your knowledge with a quiz.

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