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Last Updated: Jun 15, 2015 4:31:00 PM

Change to the Science Test

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The ACT Science Test provides 35 minutes to answer forty questions. Those questions are now divided among six different passages (rather than seven in the recent past). Here’s the new breakdown:


Type of Passage

# of

per Passage

Data Representation



Research Summary

(including one with conflicting viewpoints)


Change to the Reading Test

ACT recently replaced a regular passage with a double-passage in this test, mirroring the SAT’s introduction of double passages in the 1990’s. Like the other reading passages in the ACT, there are 10 questions after the double-passage. You will most likely be asked three questions about the 1st passage, three about the 2nd, and four questions which ask you to compare and contrast ideas reflected the two passages. So far, we’ve seen the double-passage only in the humanities-related passage.

Changed Essay (beginning September 2015)

Geared more to analytical writing, the essay will present a short paragraph of background information, then ask you to read carefully and consider three short, 100-word perspectives, each of which suggests a particular way of thinking about the background information. You will then write a “unified, coherent essay [to] evaluate multiple perspectives…”. The goal will be to support your ideas with logical reasoning and detailed, persuasive examples.

Topics: ACT Test-Prep


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