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How important is the ACT Science section?

qcassidyqcassidy Posts: 108Registered User Junior Member
Hey everyone. I've taken the ACT twice now and although my scores have been pretty decent, my Science section score stays at 26. Last time I took it, I could have had as high as a 33 if I just did about as well on Science as I did on every other section.

Kind of a strange question, but do colleges look at individual sections of the ACT, and if they do, how much emphasis do they place on the Science section compared to Math, Reading, and English? I've talked to other ACT takers and a lot of them also seem to be complaining the most about the Science section. I don't know what makes it so difficult for me, but it's really putting a damper on my scores and I need to make sure I have the best looking composite score that I can get.

Thanks for any help you can offer.
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Replies to: How important is the ACT Science section?

  • cjgonecjgone Posts: 1,520- Senior Member
    Colleges look at only the composite score except for a couple (Gtech, Rose-Hulman) who only look at the math, english, and writing (yes, the writing, not the reading).

    I've talked to other ACT takers and a lot of them also seem to be complaining the most about the Science section. I don't know what makes it so difficult for me, but it's really putting a damper on my scores and I need to make sure I have the best looking composite score that I can get.
    It requires the most reasoning of all the sections on the test; it used to be called the science reasoning section.
  • goldendomer11goldendomer11 Posts: 136Registered User Junior Member
    I just took a practice test and got a 36 on the science section, the highest of all the sections. The questions seemed really easy as they didn't test my knowledge but more so my ability to pull information from the charts/experiments. In short, the information is pretty much given to you and the only real issue is time. Just split each section into 5 minute intervals, and if you have trouble on one section and it is taking too long, just move on to the next one.
  • qcassidyqcassidy Posts: 108Registered User Junior Member
    alright goldendomer good for you loser. Too bad nobody cares. Oh and nice job answering my question
  • goldendomer11goldendomer11 Posts: 136Registered User Junior Member
    I need to make sure I have the best looking composite score that I can get.

    Thanks for any help you can offer.


    I was just trying to help out, and seeing that cjgone had already answered your question, I figured adding my two cents on how to do well in ACT science may have been some extra help. Take it as you will. I hope you aren't that rude to everyone you talk to.
  • qcassidyqcassidy Posts: 108Registered User Junior Member
    hey I'm sorry goldendomer11, I just thought you were another one of those people throwing out your scores to get some compliments. My bad. Thanks for your input.
  • cjgonecjgone Posts: 1,520- Senior Member
    I think we all need a group hug, and i'll bring the cupcakes.
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