Can I bring my 26 science score to a 32 by Dec 11 just by studying”For the Love of ACT Science”?
By - stressinfc69
thats exactly what I am hoping to do lol
Yeah my composite score literally depends on my science. If I can’t bring it up I’m actually fucked
What is your Reading score?
Yes you can.
Usually a 32-34 at worst a 30
Science is Reading, but Science is easier. If Science is lower than Reading, you have a fundamental misunderstanding of Science.
Read that book - For the Love of ACT Science.
Remember: The answer is on the page. Think simple.
Okay got it. So with my reading score, I should be getting a similar science score not worse?
Correct. You're tackling the Science Section the wrong way. It's about finding answers on the page, just like Reading. However, Science is easier because so much of the info is in tables, charts, graphs, figures, and even when it's not, it's much easier to find in the text because it's so highly formatted. In Science, the answer choices help you find the answer.
Yes you can. I struggled with science and got to a peak of 24 before getting the book. I read the entire thing in a week and then grinded practice tests. I immediately saw improvements and got a 29 on the first practice test and as I kept taking science tests I went higher and higher. When i finally could take the real test i got a 31.
Thank you! How long did u study for in total to get from 24 to 31?
I had multiple months before my test so I had a lot of time to study. I did TONS of different science tests to familiarize myself with the test. The book does not go over outside knowledge that much so i suggest using prep-scholars (I think) article that goes over all the outside knowledge you may need to know.
God I hate science
That is basically what I did I went from a 27 to a 33
How long did that take you?
Also work practice tests. Analyze and review questions you miss.
Hey there! Yes, boosting your score before Dec. is absolutely possible - but there's a VERY good chance you're going about the science section in the wrong way. But first, let me back up a little bit.
I'm a full-time, private ACT/SAT/Math instructor/coach. I work with students all over the country (and sometimes the world) to help them build up their math/science scores on the ACT. I've done this for a long time and I've become very good at it lol (don't worry, I'm not about to pitch you a program or something like that - just giving context). From what I've seen For the Love of ACT Science is a pretty solid book - but it's not the end-all-be-all for ACT science success. i don't want to use this post to dive in and dissect the book, but you can get almost all of the same knowledge (and then some) with a playlist I put on my YouTube channel.
But before I continue on, I've got a quick storytime moment to share! So, most of my clients (the parents that pay for all of their kid's tutoring) are pretty affluent/results-oriented people. After working with a particular student for about 2 months, he was still struggling to take everything he's learned and actually put it together on the day of a real test, meaning he was getting 27s when he should have been getting 32+ (there's a lot of different reasons for this, but one of them is likely because he's got a lot of family pressure on him to do well). Well, in an attempt to help his kid, the dad actually found Michael Cerro (the author of the book) and hired him to work with me to help his son.
Now, Michael and I never spoke directly, but I would occasionally ask the son how things were going with him and if he was learning anything new - and never once did he share with me that he was learning anything that he didn't already know from working with me. Michael actually advised the student to STOP doing some things I taught him, and when he tried that - his scores dropped even lower... Soooooooooooo, the moral of the story here, is that while that book is helpful - I don't think it's your golden ticket necessarily.
With that said, let me try to present my alternative (or something to use IN ADDITION TO the book). A little over a year ago I did an ACT Science seminar for the fine folks of this subreddit. I recorded that zoom meeting and chopped it up as best I could into topics that could then be posted into videos for my channel. So, while the videos weren't made for YouTube (and you can tell because it's not the best editing/layout) all the information in there is absolute gold - and it's the same exact stuff I use to help all of my students boost there score by 6-12 points.
Soooooooooo, this is a long-winded effort to try and add another tool to your arsenal when preparing for the ACT in December. I hope it helps :). If you find it useful, please share it with your friends/fellow Redditors!
The Ultimate ACT Science Guide (Webinar Edition)