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**STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU TEST BETTER ON THE ACT Math TEST**

#### JOAN GEYER KALIHER

There are 60 multiple-choice questions covering 6 categories in the ACT Mathematics test. You will have been taught these concepts by the 12th grade. The six categories of math concepts covered in the test are: Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry and Trigonometry. There are 3 sub scores based on 24 questions on Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra, 18 questions on Intermediate Algebra/Coordinate Geometry, and 18 questions on Plane Geometry/Trigonometry.

You will find Basic Math problems which are the easiest and most straight forward. These basic problems can be in Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry or Trigonometry.

You will also find Word or story problems that will require you to set up the problem. Carefully read the problem, figure out what the problem is asking you to find, determine what you need from what is given, and then process a solution strategy to find the answer.

The most challenging problems emphasize reasoning ability. They will challenge you to think hard and you must have a strategy to solve them.

**ACT MATH Test Strategies:**

• Pace yourself. You have an average of 1 minute to answer each question.

• Answer the questions that seem easy to you first and then go back to answer the hard ones.

• Answer all the questions even if you don’t know the answer. A pure guess will still give you a 20% chance of being correct. There is no penalty for guessing, but you will want to have as many correct answers as possible of course.

• Read the problem carefully. One of the answer options for some questions may be “Cannot be determined from the given information”. Don’t assume that is the correct answer unless you have cross checked the question and answer possibilities to make sure you have not missed some information.

• Use visual sketches or pictures and add marks to figures to help you in showing dimensions, congruencies, perpendiculars, diagonals or to see relationships more clearly.

• Be smart about using your calculator. Bring a familiar calculator and don’t always believe everything the calculator says. It has to be a reasonable answer. Use the calculator only when you can’t quickly mentally come up with the correct answer.

• Let your common sense and natural thought processes take over. Try not to panic if you can’t remember a formula. Sometimes the answer options will give you a guide.

• Show your work, and if there is time check the answer again.

• Make sure your answer makes sense and is not confusing. Do not confuse a hypotenuse with the altitude of a triangle or select the answer for apples when it should be for oranges.

Good luck and here's to you scoring your best on the ACT Math Test.

Joan Geyer Kaliher is a Certified Illinois Teacher and has been tutoring students in the Naperville area for 29 years.

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