The Science Test is the fourth section on the ACT. You have 35 minutes to answer 40 multiple choice questions. While this section requires you to have a general understanding of science, you should be able to answer almost all of the questions through the interpretation of various passages, graphs, and charts, rather than having to draw from any particular scientific facts.
The Science Test consists of seven different groups of questions, each of which is based on a different passage or chart. Each group of questions contains 5 to 6 questions, which get increasingly harder in difficulty. These questions will require basic comprehension of passages and charts, as well as the ability to analyze and interpret these passages and charts and see general patterns in the data.
The ACT categorizes each passage on the Science test into one of three categories, each of which encompass a different approximate percentage of the test:
- Data Representation
- Research Summaries
- Conflicting Viewpoints
There are several passages in this test. Each passage is followed by several questions. After reading a passage, choose the best answer to each question and fill in the corresponding oval on your answer document. You may refer to the passages as often as necessary.
You are NOT permitted to use a calculator on this test.