How to improve your Math ACT scores
The math portion of the ACT is 60 questions and you have only 60 minutes to complete them. About one third of the questions on the math portion
of the ACT relate to elementary algebra, one third to geometry and trigonometry, and the remaining to more advanced algebra.
You are allowed to use a calculator - check the list in the ACT booklet to see which models are allowed. All the calculators available in my classroom are on the allowed list.
- Because the problems are not in order from easy to hard, go through the test quickly and answer everything you can do easily.
- As you go through the questions, mark in your test booklet those that you know you can do, but it might take you a little time, so you can come back later.
- Go through the math part of the test a second time and do those you marked from before.
- Last time through, work on those where you think you have some clue - there is no penalty in the ACT for quessing, so don't leave anything blank.
- When the five minute time limit is called, fill in any blanks left empty.
Some helpful web sites for practicing math content:
- DCHS ACT Question-of-the-Day presents typical math questions you might find on the ACT test
complete with solutions.
- The official ACT test question of the day site has only one math question per day and no answers.
- ACT also has a site with sample test questions available for English, Science, Math,
Reading and Writing. For math there are 5 sample tests. When you click on your answer, you get your results for that question. If your answer is incorrect, they give you a hint so you can try again.
- The New York State Regents Exam prep site. This has problems and solutions for all subjects on the ACT. Math is
separated into Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trig sections, replacing the old Math A and Math B tests.
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Last Updated: 09/08/2011
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