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Science Knowledge on the ACT Science Test

The ACT Science test primarily assesses analytical skills rather than specific scientific knowledge, focusing on the ability to interpret charts, graphs, and data. However, a foundational understanding of basic science concepts, particularly in biology and chemistry, can be advantageous.
  • The ACT Science test requires minimal direct science knowledge, focusing instead on data analysis and interpretation skills.
  • An average of two to four questions per test may require basic science knowledge, with a slight emphasis on biology and chemistry over physics.
  • Reviewing basic science topics and the scientific method is recommended for all students, especially those aiming for top scores.
  • Engaging with science classes, making outlines, and reading science articles can enhance familiarity with the material and improve test performance.
  • Understanding basic concepts in science not only aids in answering direct questions but also in comprehending the passages more effectively.
Understanding the ACT Science Test
The Role of Science Knowledge in the ACT
Strategies for Preparing Science Knowledge
Applying Science Knowledge to ACT Questions

Q: Where can I see the science topics on the ACT?

We have a blog post that lists the science topics you can expect to see on the ACT. Click here to see that article, and then scroll down to the "ACT Science: Scientific Terms" section.