About the ACT's Science Section

The ACT Science section has 40 questions. You have 35 minutes to answer them.

The test-taker is given 7 reading passages with between 5 to 7 questions following each reading passage. The chart below shows the breakdown of the types of passages…

Type of reading passage Number of passages Description Number of questions Time allotted
Data representation 3 A chart, table of statistics, or a graph 5
Research summary 3 An analysis of an experiment or study 6
Conflicting viewpoints 1 Two scientists offer different opinions on a topic 7
Totals 7 40 35 minutes

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