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Tips for the ACT Science Reasoning Section

The ACT Science Reasoning Section may be the most feared section of the whole exam. Just the name itself can send shivers down the spine of students who had difficulty understanding covalent bonds or memorizing the Periodic Table of Elements.  The irony in this is that the Science Reasoning section isn’t meant to test your knowledge of science.  It is supposed to test your logical thinking skills and your ability to work in a somewhat rushed setting.   You are given thirty five minutes to complete forty questions and with all the data and reading included in the section, it can seem very daunting.  Here are some tips that will help you get the score you are hoping for.

·      Time management.  Don’t spend too much time on the data.  You can waste a lot of time reading through all the data and examining every chart and graph.  If you quickly skim through the data, you should be able to notice the keywords and variable being tested.  When you come across a question that references a specific chart or graph, you will know where to look to find the answer.  You can also skip reading the passages.  In most cases you don’t need to read the passages to answer any of the questions.

·      Cover the answers.  Try to determine the answer, using the key terms found in the data provided.  See if your answer matches one of the answer choices. If you still aren’t sure, use the answer choices to eliminate the answer choices you think are wrong.

·      Brush up on science terminology.  A simple understanding of science content can help avoid confusion when coming across words or expressions you are unfamiliar with. The more words you know, the less complex the data will seem.

For more information on the ACT, contact Dov Landau, the Director of College Admissions at Top Test Prep. Top Test Prep is the elite one on one tutoring and admissions company featuring some of the best and brightest tutors and admission experts in the business.   Dov can be reached at 202-618-4474.


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