Tips for the ACT Multiple-choice Tests

English

  • Be aware of the writing style used in each passage.
  • Consider the elements of writing that are included in each underlined portion of the passage. Some questions will ask you to base your decision on some specific element of writing, such as the tone or emphasis the text should convey.
  • Be aware of questions with no underlined portions—that means you will be asked about a section of the passage or about the passage as a whole.
  • Examine each answer choice and determine how it differs from the others. Many of the questions in the test will involve more than one aspect of writing.
  • Read and consider all of the answer choices before you choose the one that best responds to the question.
  • Determine the best answer.
  • Reread the sentence, using your selected answer.

Mathematics

  • Read each question carefully to make sure you understand the type of answer required.
  • If you choose to use a calculator, be sure it is permitted, is working on test day, and has reliable batteries. Use your calculator wisely.
  • Solve the problem.
  • Locate your solution among the answer choices.
  • Make sure you answer the question asked.
  • Make sure your answer is reasonable.
  • Check your work.

Reading

  • Read the passage(s) carefully.
  • Read and consider all of the answer choices before you choose the one that best responds to the question.
  • Refer to the passage(s) when answering the questions.

Science

  • Read the passage carefully.
  • Refer to the scientific information in the passage when answering the question.
  • Read and consider all of the answer choices before you choose the one that best responds to the question.
  • Note conflicting viewpoints in some passages.