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The Science Score: ACT vs SAT

Today, I want to answer a question I get asked a lot about the science score section of the ACT. 

A lot of folks think you have to be able to do well in biology, or chemistry, or physics to do well on the science section of the test. But the fact is they’re not actually testing the kinds of science you learn in high school. 

They’re giving you tables, charts, and graphs that accompany the often very short stories, and then, making you figure out answers based on those tables and charts and graphs. 

Yes, there are going to be some questions at the “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?” level of science. But that’s really it. 

On the SAT they don’t give you a separate science score, but they do give you the same kinds of questions as the ACT with tables and charts and graphs. They just sprinkle them throughout the whole test: some in the reading stories, some in the writing and languages stories, and a lot in the math. 

So even though both tests don’t have the same scoring system, both tests are testing the same kinds of questions, which is useful to know during your test prep

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