Adam Groden By: Adam Groden
ACT Science Practice Test

ACT Science is notoriously one of the harder sections on the ACT. A great way to prepare for this section is to use an ACT science practice test.

Students tend to run out of time when taking this section. Using ACT science questions to prepare will help you become more familiar with what to expect on the actual exam.

Summary: Use the ACT science prep below to become more comfortable with this section of the exam. If you want more help, consider investing in an ACT prep course.

You will find 2 different ACT science practice options listed below. Each option includes similar questions to what you will see on the actual exam

Remember to review the answer explanations at the end of each exam to help you better understand important concepts and learn how to solve these types of problems.

Note: The above practice questions were written by to help you prepare for the exam and give you the essential ACT practice you need – they are not official ACT questions.

If you want to focus on another subject, visit our ACT practice test hub.

The ACT science test gives students tons of trouble. This section is more like a reading comprehension section than a science section.

You will find that there are 3 categories covered on the ACT science section:

  1. Interpretation of Data (40-50%)
  2. Scientific Investigation (20-30%)
  3. Evaluation of Models, Inferences, & Experimental Results (25-35%)

Within those 3 categories, the ACT science questions are broken down into the following 3 formats:

  1. Data Representation (25-35%)
  2. Research Summaries (45-60%)
  3. Conflicting Viewpoints (15-20%)

You will have 35 minutes to complete the science section of the ACT.

There will be 6-7 passages with each passage including 5-8 questions. As you can see, this section should be treated more as a reading section.

Our ACT science prep above will help you learn how to do well on this section. You can also review our guide on studying for the ACT for additional information on creating a study plan.

Overview of the ACT Science Exam

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How many questions are on the ACT science section?

There will be 40 total questions on the science section of the ACT.

How much time will I have to complete the ACT science section?

You will have 35 minutes to complete the section.

Is there actual science on the ACT science test?

You will be given 6-7 total passages that are about scientific principles. Everything you need to answer the questions will be included in the passages – so you technically do not need a heavy background in science.