ACT Math Practice Test 6

Difficulty Level – 3: Medium / Difficult

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Question 1

Evaluate: $\, \dfrac{i^2+1}{i} \div \dfrac{i-1}{i^2-1}$

A
$− 2$
B
$− 1$
C
$0$
D
$1$
E
$2$
Question 1 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). This initially looks very complicated; however, recall that $i$ is equal to the square root of −1, so $i^2$ is equal to −1. Evaluating the numerator of the expression on the left gives us 0 and because we are dividing the first expression by the second and 0 divided by anything is 0, the entire expression evaluates to 0.
Question 2

What is the sum of the $x$ and $y$ coordinates of the midpoint between the points $(−2, 9)$ and $(10, −4)$?

A
$3.5$
B
$5$
C
$6.5$
D
$7.5$
E
$8$
Question 2 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). Recall midpoint formula is the average of the $x$ values and the average of the $y$ values in $(x, y)$ coordinate form.

First find the $x$ coordinate midpoint:

$(10 + (−2)) ÷ 2$

$= 4$

Then find the y coordinate midpoint:

$(9 + (−4)) ÷ 2$

$= 2.5$

Add them together to get the sum:

$4 + 2.5 = 6.5$
Question 3

A group of 6 students are going to have a vote to determine who should be President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer with only 1 person per job. How many different groups can be formed from the 6 students?

A
$30$
B
$45$
C
$90$
D
$180$
E
$360$
Question 3 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (E). In approaching this problem, consider the number of options the students have for each role. As a role is taken up, there is 1 less student to fill the next role. For President there are 6 options, for Vice President 5 options, for Secretary 4 options, and for Treasurer 3 options. Multiply each of these to find 360 different groups:

$6 \ast 5 \ast 4 \ast 3 = 360$
Question 4


In the figure above, A, C, D, and E are collinear; B, C, and F are collinear; and the angles at B, D, and F are right angles, as marked. Which of the following statements is NOT justifiable from the given information?

A
$\mathit{AB}$ $\text{is}$ $\text{parallel}$ $\text{to}$ $\mathit{EF}$.
B
$\mathit{BC}$ $\text{is}$ $\text{congruent}$ $\text{to}$ $\mathit{CF}$.
C
$\mathit{EF}$ $\text{is}$ $\text{perpendicular}$ $\text{to}$ $\mathit{ BF}$.
D
$\text{Angle}$ $\mathit{BCA}$ $\text{is}$ $\text{congruent}$ $\text{to}$ $\text{angle}$ $\mathit{DCF}$.
E
$\text{Triangle}$ $\mathit{BAC}$ $\text{is}$ $\text{similar}$ $\text{to}$ $\text{triangle}$ $\mathit{DCF}$.
Question 4 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). Solve this by process of elimination.

(A): True: AB and EF are both perpendicular to line BCF.

(C): True: Angle F is a right angle, so the two lines are perpendicular.

(D): True: Angle BCA and angle DCF are vertical angles, so they must be equal.

(E): True: Angle ABC = angle CDF (they are both right angles).

Angle BCA = angle DCF (see statement D). Therefore, angle BAC must equal angle DFC (since the other two angles are equal, and the three angles total to 180). Since the two triangles have three corresponding angles, they are similar and option (B) can be false.

Although we know that triangles ABC and CDF are similar, we do not know that they are congruent. So these sides may be unequal.
Question 5

If (3.1358)(10$^x$) = 0.0000031358 what is the value of $x$?

A
$− 7$
B
$− 6$
C
$− 5$
D
$6$
E
$7$
Question 5 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). The easiest way to solve this problem is to count how many places the decimal moves from the number on the left to the number on the right. Our decimal moves 6 places to the left, so $x$ = −6.
Question 6

A triangle is composed of angles represented as:

$3x + 10$, $−2x + 40$, and $x + 40$

What is the value of $x$?

A
$45$
B
$50$
C
$55$
D
$60$
E
$65$
Question 6 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (A). Recall that the angles of a triangle sum to 180 degrees:

$3x + 10 + −2x + 40 + x + 40 = 180$

$2x + 90 = 180$

$2x = 90$

$x = 45$
Question 7

$\dfrac{−2x+3y(2x-4)}{4x−2y} = \; ?$

A

$4x −\dfrac{6xy}{x−y}$

B

$\dfrac{2x+6xy−8y}{2x−y}$

C

$\dfrac{6xy−x+y}{2x}$

D

$\dfrac{8x+4xy}{3xy}$

E

$\dfrac{x−3xy+6y}{y−2x}$

Question 7 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (E). Begin by distributing the $3y$ through the parentheses to get $−2x + 6xy − 12y$ as the numerator.

Factor out a $−2$ to get $−2(x − 3xy+ 6y)$, also factor out a $−2$ from the denominator to get $−2(−2x + y)$, eliminate the $−2$ to get numerator of $x − 3xy + 6y$ and denominator of $y − 2x$.
Question 8
2Q1

The curve $y = 0.01x^2 - 3x + 150$ for $0 ≤ x ≤ 100$ and the line segment from $F(0,100)$ to $G(100,0)$ are shown in the standard $(x, y)$ coordinate plane. What is the $y$-coordinate for the point on the curve with $x$-coordinate $50$?

A
$0$
B
$25$
C
$50$
D
$75$
E
$100$
Question 8 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). Plug the given $x$ value into the given equation:

$y = 0.01(50^2) − 3(50) + 150$

$y = .01(2500) − 150 + 150$

$y = 25 − 150 + 150$

$y = 25$
Question 9

If the number 89.8756 is rounded to the nearest hundredth, what will be the sum of the tenths and hundredths place of the resulting number?

A
$10$
B
$12$
C
$14$
D
$16$
E
$18$
Question 9 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). Begin by rounding the number to the nearest hundredth: 89.88. Now add the tenths place, 8, and the hundredths, 8, to get 16.
Question 10

On the Cartesian plane, what is the distance between the points $(0,0)$ and $(5,−5)$?

A
$5$
B
$\sqrt{50}$
C
$\sqrt{60}$
D
$\sqrt{75}$
E
$10$
Question 10 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). One way to do this problem is to use the distance formula right away. Another way to do it is to graph the points and see that this is a right triangle with side lengths $5$ and $5$ so our hypotenuse (or the distance between the points) is $5\sqrt{2}$ which is equal to the square root of $50$.
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