ACT scores are directly correlated with GPA in core classes. So a student grounded in rigorous core classes with no semester break in math, science, English, or history should score well if sufficiently prepared. Students who quit science or math for a year, especially senior year, often compromise their ACT score in that section.
Trigonometry is helpful as well as Advance Algebra. The math section has 2 function questions, 1 logarithm question, and 4 trigonometry questions. There is no Calculus on the test.
Science passages can cover any science area. Physics passages can at times seem a little tricky for someone with no physics- same for chemistry. But at least 5 of the 7 science passages will fully explain what is needed to answer the questions.
Finally, I encourage students to take subjects that they care about and enjoy, especially if it’s a core class. And, to me, since the quality of the teacher determines at least 80% of the quality of the course, choose all the courses that the best teachers teach- a lesson to take into college. The content is secondary to the teacher.
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