### ACT Tutor Tip: Identifying Types of Math Problems part 1

*Learn which types of problems the ACT will put on the math section so you can focus on questions you know and can avoid questions that put you in this situation. (photo credit: attercop311 via Flickr)*

**The first and most important is to slow down!**The simple of of taking your time and making sure that you're spending your time on questions you know and guessing on questions you don't know will improve your score.

**Subject 1: Pre-Algebra**

**Pre-Algebra problems don't have any variables.**But despite that fact, many students still miss a lot these types of questions. This is usually because of two reasons: first, because the ACT is who we thought it is, the questions are usually written is a confusing manner, even though the problem itself is easy; and second, students usually take Pre-Algebra in middle school and may not have given these types of questions much thought in five years. Again though, the best way to overcome both of those issues is to take your time and work out each step of the problem carefully.

**Subject 2: Algebra 1**

**though it does have variables, it only uses simple variables.**Questions from more difficult subjects may throw variables at you with all sorts of exponents and square roots and have variables of variables and several other rather complex things, but

**the most complicated Algebra 1 questions will get is having multiple variables.**Which of course, can be handled just like Pre-Algebra is: slow and steady and mistake-free.

**Subject 3: Shape Geometry**

**the ACT has decided to focus on triangles, squares/rectangles, and circles.**While there will be other, less common shapes on the test, there will be very few questions about those, and the shapes change from test to test. While one test may have a question about cylinders and another about trapezoids, another test may have one about spheres and one about hexagons. And if you happen to see a question about a shape that you completely blank on, it's no big deal. Those questions are few enough that they won't make or break your scores. Unlike Pre-Algebra and Algebra, you may need to go back and review a few things with Geometry. The most important thing to remember are all of your formulas for triangles, squares/rectangles, and circles, but any of the theorems and rules that you can recall will definitely help.

**Depending on the specific make up of your test, you can expect anywhere from 60%-75% of the entire section to be from these three subjects.**So a good understanding of which questions belong to these subjects and how to tackle them becomes even more important.

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