Tip #37 to Get a Top ACT English Reading Science Score
You've now learned all the skills that you need for the ACT Science section. The Mantras remind you what to do when, what that girl who got a 36 does automatically. In Skill 37, let's make sure you've integrated the Mantras. Drill them until you are ready to teach them. Then do that. Once you're sure you've got'em, check off the box next to each Mantra. Learning Mantras is like learning martial arts. Practice until they become part of you, until you follow them naturally: when you see a Science question, you know which type it is, you confidently find the appropriate graph, and you find the answer. Your ACT score and probably even your science class grades will go way up.
- Skill 30. Read ACT passages quickly, just to get the gist of what the experiment is generally about. Then glance at the graphs and go to the questions.
- Skill 31. The most common ACT Science question asks you to find a value or a fact from the tables or graphs. And usually the question tells you exactly which table or graph to look back at!
- Skill 32. The second most common type of ACT Science question asks you to look at a chart or graph and decide what happens to one thing as another changes.
- Skill 33. The third type of ACT Science question asks you to use the graph or table to determine the value for a data point that is not shown, but is above, below, or between points that are shown.
- Skill 34. When you see a question that refers to a graph and you don't see the terms from the question in the graph, look at the paragraphs.
- Skill 35. Don't get intimidated. If the wording of a question is confusing, reread it a few times and then do the thing that seems most obvious. That's usually correct for ACT Science questions!
- Skill 36. For a "fight" passage, read the first scientist/student opinion and circle or jot down the main idea and then read the second scientist/student opinion and circle or jot down the main idea. Then consider for a moment the similarities and differences. That will answer the questions of the passage.
- Skill 37. If a question does not tell you which table or graph to use, scan the figures for the one that has the terms from the question.
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