The Science Test presents seven sets of scientific information drawn from biology, chemistry, physics, and other scientific disciplines. Each set of information is followed by a number of multiple-choice test questions; students must select the correct answer choice from among the four presented.
- Data Representation (38%) - Research Summaries (45%) - Conflicting Viewpoints (17%)
The English Test consists of five prose passages. Each question corresponds to an underlined portion of a passage or to a box located in the passage. Questions on the English Test are followed by four answer choices.
- Punctuation (13%) - Grammar and Usage (16%) - Sentence Structure (24%) - Strategy (16%) - Organization (15%) - Style (16%)
The Reading Test requires you to read four prose passages. Each passage is accompanied by a set of multiple-choice test questions that test (1) how well you understand what is directly stated in the passage and (2) your ability to draw reasonable inferences based on this information.
- Social Studies (25%) - Natural Sciences (25%) - Prose Fiction (25%) - Humanities (25%)
The ACT Mathematics Test requires you to use your reasoning skills to solve mathematical problems. A working knowledge of basic formulas and computational skills is required, but detailed knowledge of complex formulas and the ability to perform lengthy calculations are not. Questions on the Mathematics Test require you to select the correct answer choice from among the five presented.
- Pre-Algebra (23%) - Elementary Algebra (17%) - Intermediate Algebra (15%) - Coordinate Geometry (15%)- Plane Geometry (23%) - Trigonometry (7%)
The ACT is a standardized test designed to measure high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. Unlike the SAT, the ACT is curriculum based: it is not an aptitude test. The questions on the ACT test the core subjects that students typically study through their third year of high school (English, reading, mathematics, and science). Although the ACT is taken more frequently in the Midwestern and Rocky Mountain states, the test is accepted by all U.S. colleges and universities.
The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.