ACT Science 1: Data Representation

Welcome to Elite Academy’s online ACT Science course. Over the next 8 lessons, you’ll methodically master all the skills and strategies required to conquer the ACT Science section. Your success on the ACT Science section will depend significantly on your ability to read and interpret a variety of Data Representations, such as graphs, figures and tables. This week's lesson, following a brief overview of the Science Section as a whole, will begin to explore what you'll need to anticipate in order to master Data Representations.

Reflection Time!

Reflection: Challenges

Which aspects of the Science section were the most challenging? Why do you think that is?

Warm-up: Positive Vibes

To balance the negativity, which passage, question type, subject focus did you find to be relatively easier, or actually enjoy? Why do you think that is?

Warm-up: Approaches

Overview to ACT Science Section

Test Basics

Passage Types

Сombine elements from the left column with the elements on the right
Data Representation
you will need to read and interpret data from graphs or tables
Research Summary:
You will need to understand the design and conclusions of scientific experiments
Conflicting Viewpoints:
You will answer questions related to a passage in which conflicting, or otherwise opposed, opinions are presented on the same scientific issue.


Identify and Extract Information

Discern Patterns

Research Summary

Conflicting Viewpoint Passages

Conflicting Viewpoint Passages

Background Knowledge

Lesson Complete!

Data Representations


Data Representation Brainstorm

Data Representation Example 1

Data Representation Example 2

Data Representation Example 3

Developing an Approach

Step by Step

Сombine elements from the left column with the elements on the right
Step 1
Answer the question in your own words and try to match this answer with one of your choices. If you don’t see an answer choice related to your initial guess, re-read the question and re-try the calculations or reasoning called for.
Step 2
Scan each figure for the overall purpose and trends it displays—don’t begin any deep analysis, you’re just trying to gain a basic understanding of what is shown.
Step 3
Read each question, restating it in your own words and making sure to identify the figure the question refers so. If we reduce a question to its basic essentials, it will appear much easier than the complex way the question may be formulated.
Step 4
Scan the text, gleaning the main concept of the passage and building anticipation for the data representations to come. Make sure you understand any definitions or special variables introduced.

Lesson Complete!

Problem Set


Passage I: Soil Samples

Passage 2: Mammals + Altitude

Lesson Complete!

Test Correction


Answer Explanations

Lesson Complete!!

Science Corner


Photosynthesis Basics

Photosynthesis Video

Week 1 Complete