Common ACT Math Questions You Might Encounter

A student who signs up to take the ACT may wonder about various parts of the test. If a student loves English but is a little shaky in the subject of math, they may wonder about the ACT math questions. Whether a student excels in math or needs a little review, it’s always a good idea to complete some ACT math practice problems. Our professional instructors at Veritas Prep are experts at helping students prepare for the math section on the ACT. We provide students with strategies they can use as they tackle all of the ACT math questions. Each of our qualified instructors achieved a minimum score of 33 out of 36 on the ACT. That means that our students get the chance to benefit from the expert test-taking abilities of our instructors. At Veritas Prep, we guide students as they complete ACT math practice problems. We offer tips and advice on how students can improve in weak areas. Plus, we encourage students to push themselves to become even stronger in the math skills they already excel in. To get an idea of what the ACT math section is all about, take a look at some background information along with a few sample questions.

Students who complete several rounds of ACT math practice questions become familiar with the topics on the math test. For instance, they know that they’ll be tested on a couple levels of algebra, coordinate and plane geometry, as well as trigonometry. The results of their practice tests help them to zero in on the topics they need to review. A student may look at the results of a test and see that they need to dedicate more time to plane geometry practice. ACT math questions on a practice exam also allow students to see where they excel. A student may find that they have done very well on the pre-algebra questions. This can boost a student’s confidence. Take a look at the types of algebra questions that students may encounter on the ACT:

  • 4x + 6 = -10
    What is the value of x?
    A) -2
    B) -4
    C) 4
    D) 10
    E) -10
  • 2y + 6 = 4x + -2
    What is the value of x?
    A) 4
    B) 2
    C) 5
    D) -7
    E) 7
  • In the equation 2x+7-12+4=y, if x=10, then what is the value of y?
    A) 10
    B) 7
    C) 19
    D) 8
    E) 17
  • 3/4 (x+3) =12
    What is the value of x?
    A) 10
    B) 13
    C) 9
    D) 2
    E) 6

In our online courses at Veritas Prep, we offer students simple strategies that can help them to complete all 60 questions in the allotted 60 minutes. For instance, our instructors show students how to eliminate or cross out answers that are obviously wrong. This narrows down a student’s choices, allowing them to answer questions in a more efficient way. We also suggest that students draw the shape referred to in any geometry question. Students get into the habit of doing this during a session of ACT practice. Math questions that have to do with geometry are much easier if a student can see and label the shape indicated in the question. Check out a few samples of geometry problems along with an example of a basic math problem that students may encounter on the ACT:

  • If the vertex of an isosceles triangle is 120 degrees, what is the degree measurement of both of the base angles?
    A) 20
    B) 30
    C) 10
    D) 60
    E) 40
  • If a rectangle has a length of 12 inches and a perimeter of 34 inches, what is its width?
    A) 6 inches
    B) 4 inches
    C) 3 inches
    D) 5 inches
    E) 7 inches
  • One train leaves the station in Paris at 8 p.m. traveling at an average speed of 60 mph. Another train leaves the station in Paris at 12 a.m. traveling at a speed of about 90 mph. In how many hours will the second train catch up with the first train?
    A) 6
    B) 8
    C) 4
    D) 7
    E) 5

We use excellent study resources and materials so our students can thoroughly prep for these challenging questions. Sign up for one of our ACT preparation courses today to gain an advantage on the test with Veritas Prep.