Thursday, April 17th: A DayFriday, April 18th: B DayAgendaPSAE Science Test DiscussionACT Sample Science TestGrade/go over ACT TestConcept Review Work Time
PSAE Testing ScheduleWednesday, April 23rd Day 1: ACT English (45 minutes/75 questions)ACT Math (60 minutes/60 questions)(15 minute break) ACT Reading (35 minutes/40 questions)ACT Science (35 minutes/40 questions)(5 minute break) ACT Writing (30 minutes/1 prompt question)** Calculators are NOT permitted on science tests**
PSAE Testing ScheduleThursday, April 24th Day 2:WorkKeys Applied Math (45 minutes/33 questions)(15 minute break) WorkKeys Reading for Info (45 minutes/33 questions*ISBE-Developed Science (40 minutes/45 questions)
** Both the ACT Science test on Day 1 and the ISBE Science test on Day 2 are used to generate your PSAE science score. **
*ISBE = Illinois State Board of Education
ACT Science TestScience ReasoningDay 135 Minutes7 Passages40 Questions
The ACT editorial staff designed and developed the Science Test to assess your reasoning ability, not so much your knowledge of science.
Where the data comes fromwhether its taken from chemistry or biology experimentsdoesnt matter. In other words, the content is not importantYour ability to read and interpret data is what you are being tested on.
Whats on the Test?Data representation 3 passages/15 questionsReading Charts/GraphsResearch Summaries 3 passages/18 questionsDescriptions of experiments with questions that focus on experiment design and interpretation of experimental results.Conflicting Viewpoints 1 passage/7 questionsQuestions focus on the understanding, analysis, and comparison of alternative viewpoints or hypotheses. (science reading)
ACT Science Test HintsFor the chart/graphs passages, read the questions first, it may save you some timeThe 7 passages are broken down as follows:3 passages with 5 questions they are the easiest chart/graph type questions - answer these 1st 3 passages with 7 questions answer these nextLastly, read and answer the passage that has 6 questions; this is the most difficult passage for most students.Take control of the test!
Base your answers only on the contents of the passage.
In the case of the ACT Science Test, external knowledge has the potential to hurt you. All of the information you need to know is in the passage.
Since there is no penalty for wrong answers, you should never leave a question blank.
Answer ALL questions, even if you have to guess. See if you can eliminate some answers to give you a better chance at guessing correctly.A Final Note
ACT Sample Science TestYou will have 35 minutes to complete the test so pace yourself.Dont take too much time on any one question, do the easy questions first and then go back to the more difficult ones.Use test-taking strategies to eliminate some of the answer choices if you can.The test administrator will let you know when there are 5 minutes remaining.Yes, this is for a grade! Good Luck!
ACT Science Test ScoringGrade your own papers and write down the number you got correct.Find your Raw Score in Table 1 of the handout and determine your ACT Scale Score.This is your projected ACT Science Test score. Write this score at the top of your paper, circle it, and turn in both your paper and the handout.
Concept Review Work TimeUse whatever class time is left to work on your concept review.
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