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Ideas for Progress: Science, Range 1–12

To enhance their skills in each science-related strand, students who score in the 1–12 score range on the ACT® college readiness assessment may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 1–12
Interpretation of Data
  • locate and select data in simple data presentations
  • become familiar with different types of graphs (e.g., line graphs, pie charts, bar graphs)
  • identify characteristics and purposes of different types of representations (tables, graphs, diagrams)
  • become familiar with units of measurement commonly used in science
  • develop a set of guidelines to help a younger audience learn to read and use simple tables and graphs
  • read a science article containing tables and graphs, and explain how the tables or graphs clarify or enhance understanding of the text
Scientific Investigations
  • identify common scientific tools and their uses (e.g., thermometers, balances, glassware)
  • read and annotate the key findings of a simple experiment
  • observe experiments being performed, and discuss what was done and why
Evaluation of Models
  • study a model (such as a scientist’s explanation for a phenomenon) to determine its purpose and to identify the critical information it includes (e.g., title, big idea, and questions)
  • discuss what hypotheses and conclusions are and how they are different from each other