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ACT Math Section

ACT Math Section

Understand the format of the math section. It consists of 60 questions in 60 minutes and each question has five choices; the other sections only have four choices. A graphing calculator is permitted. Unlike the SAT, there is no "guessing penalty," that is, if you get a question wrong, there are no points subtracted from your score, so always guess even if you have no idea what the answer is.

Exactly 40% of the ACT math questions (that is, 24) will cover pre-algebra and basic algebra. Make sure that you can solve systems of linear equations, factor quadratics, and understand functions. Brush up on exponents and radicals as well. Practice doing these questions quickly since they are the easiest.

Exactly 30% of the questions (18) will cover intermediate algebra and coordinate geometry. Study the equations of conic sections, quadratic formula, inequalities, and intersections of the graphs of functions. Ask for help from a friend, teacher, or tutor if you haven't done these problems in a while.

Graphing calculators are programmable, so before test day, write a program for math notes. If you don't know how to program your calculator, consult the instruction book or ask a friend or teacher. Always do ACT practice tests with a calculator to get an accurate score

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