### Math ACT

The mathematics section of the ACT exam assesses your mathematical skills and understanding of high school-level math concepts. Here are the key components of the mathematics section:

**Format:**

The Mathematics section consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. These questions cover a wide range of mathematical topics, including pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry.

**Content:**

**Pre-Algebra: **Basic operations with integers, fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percentages, and averages.

**Elementary Algebra: **Solving equations, inequalities, and systems of equations. Understanding and manipulating algebraic expressions.

**Intermediate Algebra:** Understanding quadratic and radical equations, polynomials, rational expressions, and exponential functions.

**Coordinate Geometry:** Understanding graphs of equations, slope, distance, parallel and perpendicular lines, and conics.

**Plane Geometry:** Understanding properties and relations of plane figures, angles, circles, triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons.

**Trigonometry:** Basic trigonometric functions, their properties, and their graphs.

**Skills Tested:**

**Problem-Solving: **Ability to solve mathematical problems and apply mathematical concepts to real-life scenarios.

**Mathematical Reasoning:** Ability to understand, interpret, and analyze mathematical information presented in various formats, such as graphs and tables.

**Timing:**

You have 60 minutes to answer all 60 questions in the Mathematics section. Time management is crucial, as you should aim to spend approximately one minute per question.

**Calculator Use:**

You are allowed to use a calculator on the Mathematics section of the ACT. However, not all questions require a calculator, and some questions might be solved more quickly without one. It’s essential to practice using your calculator effectively and efficiently.

**Scoring:**

Your raw score (the number of questions you answer correctly) is converted to a scaled score on the 1-36 scale. This scaled score is then averaged with your scores from the other sections to calculate your overall composite score.

**Preparation:**

To prepare for the mathematics section, review fundamental math concepts, practice solving various types of math problems, and familiarize yourself with the format of ACT math questions. There are many ACTS prep books, online resources, and practice tests available to help you prepare for this section. Additionally, understanding the types of problems you commonly make mistakes on and focusing your study efforts there can be particularly helpful. Practice and repetition are key to improving your performance on the ACT Mathematics section.