# Test-taking Strategies For The Act Mathematics Test

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• 1.

### How many questions are on the ACT Mathematics Test?

• A.

30

• B.

45

• C.

60

• D.

75

C. 60
Explanation
The correct answer is 60. The ACT Mathematics Test consists of 60 questions.

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• 2.

### How much time is given to complete the ACT Mathematics Test?

• A.

45 minutes

• B.

1 hour

• C.

1 hour 15 minutes

• D.

1 hour 30 minutes

B. 1 hour
Explanation
The correct answer is 1 hour. The ACT Mathematics Test provides students with a total of 60 minutes to complete the section. This allows test-takers to allocate their time effectively and efficiently across the various questions and topics covered in the test. It is important for students to manage their time well and pace themselves to ensure that they have enough time to answer all the questions accurately within the given time limit.

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• 3.

### Some problems on the ACT Mathematics Test cannot be done without a calculator?

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
This statement is false. While some problems on the ACT Mathematics Test may involve complex calculations that can be made easier with a calculator, it is not necessary to use a calculator for every problem. Many problems can be solved using mental math, basic arithmetic, or by utilizing mathematical concepts and formulas. Therefore, it is not true that all problems on the ACT Mathematics Test cannot be done without a calculator.

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• 4.

### If after you solved a problem, your answer is not one of the choices given, what should you do?

• A.

Reread the problem to see if you missed any information.

• B.

Pay careful attention to the question being asked.

• C.

If the answer is an equation, see if the equation can be transformed into one of the choices.

• D.

All of the above.

D. All of the above.
Explanation
If after solving a problem, your answer is not one of the choices given, it is important to go back and review the problem to ensure that you have not missed any information. Additionally, you should pay careful attention to the question being asked, as sometimes the answer choices may be phrased differently or require a different approach to solve. If the answer is an equation, it is worth checking if the equation can be manipulated or transformed into one of the choices provided. Therefore, the correct course of action in this situation is to do all of the above mentioned steps.

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• 5.

### When an error in computation leads to an answer that is not possible for the situation described, the answer can be described as _____.

• A.

Unreasonable

• B.

Accurate

• C.

Possible

• D.

Thorough

A. Unreasonable
Explanation
When an error in computation leads to an answer that is not possible for the situation described, the answer can be described as unreasonable. This means that the answer does not make sense or is illogical given the context or constraints of the problem. It indicates that there was a mistake or error in the calculations, leading to an incorrect or unrealistic result.

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• 6.

### What should you do if you finish early and there is time available at the end of the test?

• A.

Work on the previous test.

• B.

Catch up on sleep.

• C.

Make sure your filled in bubbles forms a pattern.

• D.

Explanation
If you finish early and there is time available at the end of the test, it is recommended to check your work. This is because checking your work allows you to review your answers and ensure that you have not made any mistakes or overlooked any questions. It gives you the opportunity to correct any errors or provide additional information if needed, improving the accuracy and completeness of your test.

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• 7.

### Which content area includes evaluation of algebraic expressions, using variables to express functional relationships, and solving quadratic equations by factoring?

• A.

Pre-Algebra

• B.

Elementary Algebra

• C.

Intermediate Algebra

• D.

Coordinate Geometry

B. Elementary Algebra
Explanation
Elementary Algebra includes evaluation of algebraic expressions, using variables to express functional relationships, and solving quadratic equations by factoring. This content area focuses on the foundational concepts and skills of algebra, such as simplifying expressions, solving equations, and understanding the properties of functions. It serves as a building block for more advanced algebraic concepts and is typically taught in middle school or early high school.

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• 8.

### Which content area includes rational expressions, quadratic inequalities, roots of polynomials and complex numbers?

• A.

Pre-Algebra

• B.

Elementary Algebra

• C.

Intermediate Algebra

• D.

Coordinate Geometry

C. Intermediate Algebra
Explanation
Intermediate Algebra includes rational expressions, quadratic inequalities, roots of polynomials, and complex numbers. This content area builds upon the concepts learned in Pre-Algebra and Elementary Algebra, introducing more advanced topics in algebra. Rational expressions involve ratios of polynomials, quadratic inequalities involve solving quadratic equations with inequalities, roots of polynomials involve finding the solutions to polynomial equations, and complex numbers involve numbers with both real and imaginary parts. Coordinate Geometry, on the other hand, focuses on the relationship between algebra and geometry and does not specifically cover these topics.

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• 9.

### Which of the following is covered in the Plane Geometry content area?  Check all that apply.

• A.

Angles

• B.

Parallel and perpendicular lines

• C.

Triangles

• D.

• E.

Circles

• F.

Transformations

• G.

Volume

• H.

Proofs

• I.

Distance and midpoint formula

• J.

Trigonometry

A. Angles
B. Parallel and perpendicular lines
C. Triangles
E. Circles
F. Transformations
G. Volume
H. Proofs
Explanation
The Plane Geometry content area covers angles, parallel and perpendicular lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, transformations, volume, and proofs. Trigonometry and the distance and midpoint formula are not covered in the Plane Geometry content area.

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• 10.

### What percentage of your Mathematics score comes from the Trigonometry content area?

• A.

7%

• B.

15%

• C.

17%

• D.

23%

A. 7%
Explanation
The correct answer is 7%. This means that only 7% of the overall Mathematics score is based on the Trigonometry content area. The other content areas likely have a higher percentage of influence on the final score.

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• 11.

### How should you pace yourself on the ACT?

• A.

Work on problems in order.

• B.

Go at a slow and comfortable pace.

• C.

Spend a lot of time on difficult questions.

• D.

Skip over difficult problems and return to them if there is time left at the end of the test.

D. Skip over difficult problems and return to them if there is time left at the end of the test.
Explanation
The correct answer suggests that on the ACT, it is advisable to skip over difficult problems and return to them later if time allows. This strategy allows test-takers to maximize their time and focus on the questions they can answer more easily first. By doing so, they can ensure that they have attempted as many questions as possible, increasing their chances of earning a higher score.

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• 12.

### You should leave an answer blank if you are not sure what the answer is.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
The correct answer is "False" because it indicates that the statement or question being asked is not true or accurate.

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• 13.

### What is a good strategy for tackling more difficult questions?

• A.

• B.

• C.

Spend as much time as needed to figure it out.

• D.

Randomly guess using the patterns in the surrounding bubbles.

B. Eliminate incorrect answers using logic.
Explanation
A good strategy for tackling more difficult questions is to eliminate incorrect answers using logic. By carefully analyzing the question and the given options, one can eliminate choices that are clearly incorrect or do not align with the information provided. This approach helps narrow down the possibilities and increases the chances of selecting the correct answer. Spending as much time as needed to figure it out is also important, but randomly guessing using patterns in the surrounding bubbles is not a reliable strategy.

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• 14.

### Which of the following calculators are prohibited from the ACT?  Check all that apply.

• A.

Four function

• B.

Scientific

• C.

TI-83

• D.

TI-89

• E.

I-Phone 6

• F.

Laptop computer

• G.

TI-nspire (non CAS) Back to top