The ACT® Mathematics Test asks 60 questions with a 60-minute time limit. That means you get one minute per question. It’s designed to test math skills that students have learned by the end of the 11th grade.
Calculators are allowed on the ACT Math test. Students are required to know basic math formulas, but will be provided any complex formulas needed to answer problems on the test. Check out the full info on prohibited calculators here so that you don’t walk into the test room with something you can’t use (for example, you can’t use your iPhone calculator or a TI-89 graphing calculator).
Out of the 60 questions on the ACT Math section, here is the breakdown on what is tested for:
About 14 questions will be PRE-ALGEBRA. These questions involve basic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as factors, ratios, probability, etc.
Elementary Algebra (10)
About 10 questions will be regarding ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA and will test your knowledge of exponents, square roots, and solving basic algebraic equations.
Intermediate Algebra (9)
Approximately 9 questions will test your knowledge of INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, including identifying sequences and patterns and working with functions, matrices, systems of equations, and complex numbers.
Coordinate Geometry (9)
Another set of approximately 9 questions will test your understanding of COORDINATE GEOMETRY. You will be asked to demonstrate your understanding of the relationships between equations and graphs, as well as your understanding of points, lines, polynomials, circles, curves, and inequalities as they relate to geometry.
Plane Geometry (14)
Approximately 14 questions are based on PLANE GEOMETRY, which is the study of the properties and relationships involved with plane figures, including angles, perpendicular and parallel lines, circles, triangles, rectangles and parallelograms, and volume.
Lastly, about 4 questions will test your knowledge of TRIGONOMETRY and ask you to use your knowledge of trigonometric relationships and equations to solve math problems.
We recommend that most of your studying for the ACT be directed towards reviewing what you’ve already learned in Algebra and Geometry. Don’t spend too much time on what you’ve newly learned in your high school trigonometry class, since you could miss every single trig question on the ACT and still score extremely well.
The entire ACT Mathematics Test is a multiple choice test.
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