Join Vince Kotchian for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of ACT math questions, part of Test Prep: ACT.
- The ACT Math section will test a variety of different math concepts by presenting them in a variety of ways. Some questions will look familiar, while others probably won't. In this video I'll explain some of the basics of what to expect from ACT Math. The concepts presented in the ACT Math section range from arithmetic and algebra to geometry and trigonometry. One thing that most of my students need to practice is some of the math that they haven't done for a while, possibly some of the math they haven't done in a few years. My favorite way to do this is by using a math workbook and my favorite one is called The Ultimate Guide to ACT Math, by Richard Corn.
It's important to know your math concepts well because some ACT questions will make you think. How to solve them may not be immediately obvious. Getting used to ACT style questions may take some practice. The questions in the ACT Math sections generally get more difficult as the section progresses. No formulas are provided so you'll have to remember formulas for topics like geometry. Unlike high school math there is no partial credit on the ACT, you're gonna have to work carefully. Reading questions carefully and working precisely are important skills to practice so that they come naturally on the real ACT.
Getting ready for the ACT Math section can take a while so be sure to give yourself enough time to remaster the concepts you've learned in high school over the years and then take plenty of practice math sections so you get used to the time pressure.
- Getting a baseline ACT score
- Preparing a study timeline
- Answering ACT English questions
- Solving math problems
- Answering reading questions
- Working on science questions
- Writing the ACT essay