Overview of the ACT Math Section

ACT Instructor Tracey of Prepped & Polished shares an overview of the ACT Math Section

The ACT Math section is only one section of the test. There are 60 questions that must be completed in 60 minutes. Also, there’s no penalty for guessing on the ACT.

The math that’s covered on the ACT is pre-algebra, beginning algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry.

The only aspects of trigonometry that are being presented are the ratios, sine, cosine, and tangent. Moreover, a calculator is allowed to complete the test.

Strategies for completing the section

  • Answer the questions you think are easiest first, then come back and answer the rest of the questions. Remember, the goal is to get the most questions correct. As you’re marking your answer sheet, if you skip a question, remember to skip it on your answer sheet.
  • Figures for determining areas and volumes, as well as the ratios for special triangles, are not given. So make sure you know them or know how to figure them out. In rare instances, they may give you some of this information.
  • Lastly, use your test booklet to write your calculations down. Don’t try to keep your calculations in your head because then you might get flustered, and it will take you longer to answer the question.

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