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1. The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Official Prep Guide From The Makers Of The ACT (Real Act Prep Guide)
by ACT Staff
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Asin: 0768919754
Catlog: Book (2004-12-15)
Publisher: Peterson's Guides
Sales Rank: 868
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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There’s no better way to learn a test’s structure than from the inside—and the 1.2 million students taking the ACT need look no further than this official guide! Packed with tips, strategies, and plenty of subject review, it’s the only real guide to the ACT ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book Out There
Everyone studies for the ACT in a different way but the one thing that everyone needs to do is practice. This book offers 3 practice tests published by the College Board. Getting into the ACT offers 2. My advice is get both of them. When I did 2 practice tests before this book I got 28's on both. Then I worked through the 3 tests in it and saw significant improvements each time. When I finally took the ACT I got a 31 on it so from personal experience I recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Taking the ACT, this book is a "must have"!
The Real ACT Prep Guide is a great resource for preparing for the test.I can't understand why anyone would pay hundreds of dollars for a classroom course or private tutor, when they can just buy this book?The Real ACT Prep Guide allowed me to work at my own pace, whenever I wanted to, 24/7.Most importantly the "retired" practice test questions have given me a major confidence boost for the upcoming ACT.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Test Prep
This book is great.Not only does it have 3 actual ACT tests to practice with, but provides info on the new essay portion of the test.The tips and strategies included were very helpful.This is a must have for anyone preparing to take the ACT test. ... Read more

2. Cracking the ACT with Sample Tests on CD-ROM, 2005 Edition (Cracking the Act)
by Princeton Review
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3. Kaplan ACT 2005 (Kaplan Act)
by Kaplan
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Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
Publisher: Kaplan
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Book Description

Everything you need to score higher on the ACT --

This comprehensive guide includes:

· 2 full-length practice tests

· Detailed answer explanations

· Hundreds of practice questions

· Kaplan's 3 keys to ACT success

· 10 powerful strategies for mastering the ACT

· In-depth review of material covered on each of the 4 subject tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning

· Kaplan's 4-step method for writing a high-scoring essay

· 10 algebra questions and 10 geometry questions you can expect to see on the test

· 100 key math concepts and a math glossary

· Tips for calculator use

· Kaplan's methods for reading actively and strategically

· 20 common grammar traps

· Essential advice for managing your time throughout the test

· More practice online for each type of ACT question

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4. How to Win at College : Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country's Top Students
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Asin: 0767917871
Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
Publisher: Broadway
Sales Rank: 8864
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Pick it up!
Any student intimidated by the increased demands of the college curriculum should immediately read this book.The material is well-organized, focused, and always practical in its approach.In addition, many of the book's recommendations are equally relevent to developing a successful approach to life and career in the "real world" after college.Highly recommended for students and non-students alike!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Graduation Gift!
I bought many copies of Cal's book for friends, relatives, people I know who are graduating, and, of course, myself. To put it simply: This book is life-changing! Every single person I've given the book to has loved it (even 'unmotivated' students who I thought wouldn't read it). As a gift or for your own reading pleasure, this book will not disappoint!

5-0 out of 5 stars By Far The Best College Guide Available
There are plenty of books about how to get IN to college, but this is the only one about how to stand out once you're there.This book easy to use (you can jump in at any of the "rules" and still follow along), the advice is extremely helpful, and it doesn't talk down to students.I especially liked the pointers on writing papers and studying for exams while avoiding all-nighters."How to Win" should be a mandatory part of any college orientation.

5-0 out of 5 stars review
my little brother is going to st. andrews next fall.he asked me, a recent nyu graduate, if i had any sage advice on how to do well.i told him 'nope.i did it the hard way.all nighters & pestilence."but there's a better way.this alleged 23 year old 'cal newport' seems to have writtenprecisely the book i should have had back in 2000 when i still had a shot at doing things right.i regret nothing but like i told my bro, read this book and take advantage of the tips you'll learn, cause you won't get them from your professors or your peers.a book for that rare kid willing to seek out advice on how to succeed in college.this book won't disappoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars A College Guide Actually About College...
I wish I'd had this book in college. There seem to be a million breezy, humorous books about college life on the shelves, but they're all about cooking, cleaning, reducing stress and buying futons. This one is better than most at breezy humor, but it gets five stars because it's about COLLEGE: the core tasks of getting good grades, an employable resume, and the critical thinking skills necessary for a richer appreciation of life. My little brother is starting Harvard next year, and I've bought him a copy. Hard to believe the college-survival genre has been around so long and this book is just being published now. ... Read more

5. The ACT for Dummies
by SuzeeVlk
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Asin: 0764554743
Catlog: Book (2002-08-15)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 25705
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

There's no escaping the ACT. Many colleges require that you suffer through the ordeal of taking this entrance exam before they will even look at your application. Some colleges emphasize ACT scores to compensate for grade inflation; that is, some high schools may give students A's for doing the same level work that would gain them C's in other high schools. Because the ACT is the same for everyone (students nationwide take the exact same exam), colleges use ACT scores to get inside your head to see what's really in there. Think of this as an opportunity, not a crisis – after all, good ACT scores can overcome low GPAs.

No matter how good your high school teachers are, their main goal is to prepare you for the real world – and not the world of the ACT. That's where The ACT For Dummies, 3rd Edition, takes over. Newly revised for the latest version of the exam, this book takes a substantive, but easy-to-understand, approach to helping you prepare for the exam, while at the same time presenting its information in the typical Dummies style – with humor and fun. If anything can make preparing for the ACT enjoyable, this book can.

Here's a sampling of what you'll find in The ACT For Dummies, 3rd Edition:

  • An overview of the test: Understanding the format and how the scoring works
  • Stress-busters: How to survive exam day
  • Things to double-check and things to avoid while taking the test
  • Reviews of grammar and spelling, algebra and geometry, reading, and science reasoning
  • Plenty of practice questions for all parts of the test
  • Three full-length ACT practice tests (no, not the real thing!)
  • Top Ten lists debunking ACT rumors, differences between the ACT and SAT, and true ACT stories

You know you have to take the ACT seriously; after all, it can determine the college you go to, which will, in turn, affect the rest of your life. (Talk about pressure!) So why not be prepared? With The ACT For Dummies, 3rd Edition, you'll be as prepared for the exam as anyone can be, and you may just have a little fun in the process. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It got me into college
The ACT for Dummies is a great ACT study guide. The Math section totally refreshed me and was very valuable when it came to test time. But what really made the ACT for Dummies book so good was that it was full of really cheesy humor. This humor helped keep me reading a book that would otherwise be extremely dull and positively unbearable. I wouldn't be at the University of Michigan without the ACT for Dummies!

Hey also check out The 5 Minute Iliad, after finishing the ACT book

2-0 out of 5 stars Errors
It's fun to read and it's a good prep. Unfortunately, the practice tests contain several errors. So far, I have only taken the english and the math sections of the first test, and I have found three errors. (And this is only on the first two of eight practice sections!) I have the 3rd Edition and these problems might be different in other editions. Feel free to dispute me.

(Asterisks represent underlined portion in question.)
English, problem 19, test 1:
Born in 1921 in Ithaca, New York, Alex spent his early years with his grandmother in henning, *Tennessee*. The oldest of three sons in his family.

B. Tennessee - the oldest of
C. Tennessee because he was the oldest of
D. Tennessee. Alex was the oldest of

The explanation gives D as the correct answer. They must have forgotten to underline "The oldest of" in the sentence following Tennessee.

Math, problem 18, test 1:
18. Triangles I and II (not shown) are similar figures. The
angles of triangle I are in the ratio 1:2:3. If the
perimeter of triangle I is 15+5(SQRT)3, and the shortest side
of triangle II is 15, then what is the perimeter of triangle
F. 150+20(SQRT)3
G. 60+15(SQRT)3
H. 60+5(SQRT)3
J. 45+5(SQRT)3
K. 45

After working the problem, I got the answer 45+15(SQRT)3. The explanation gives the same, but it's not an answer choice!

Math, problem 28, test 1:
28. Given that x is an integer, for what value of x is x+(2/3)x
and x+4<15?
F. 8
G. 9
H. 10
J. 11
K. 12

I took this to mean, "For what value of x are both x+(2/3)x AND x+4 less than 15?" I thought that was a strange was of phrasing it and the explanation implies that the question should have asked, "For what value of x is x+(2/3)x>15 and x+4<15?" It gave the answer H. It seems they left off the second half of the first inequality.

Sorry if this sounds like bashing, but these flaws really threw me off during my practice test. It entered my mind that the test could be wrong, but I did not think that assuming that the ACT people made a mistake was the smartest thing to do.

Also, I am under the impression that the practice tests in this book are not real ACT tests, meaning that they were made up for this book - not priorly administered tests.

5-0 out of 5 stars extremely helpful
I bought this book with the intention of just reading the sections I had trouble with. I found it to be so helpful and easy to read, I ended up reading the entire book. I don't beleive I would have scored as high if I hadn't.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book for preparing for the ACT exam.
I am a high school student in Iowa, and I had previously taken the ACT and was not content with the score I recieved. I bought this book on, read the entire book, and finished and scored the practice tests prior to taking the test a second time. When I went to take the test again, I felt a lot more confident about the test, and when I got my results, I had raised my composite score 5 points, and one of my subject scores 7 points. I suggest that every college-bound student read this book before taking that very important test.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Overall
This book is a good all around source of ACT review. It has a regular review of geometry and basic algebraic concepts. However, it does not come close to everything you kneed to know, which would be nearly impossible. I have studied the whole book and have raised my math score by 4 points! ... Read more

6. How to do Everything with Act!
by Douglas J. Wolf, Patrick Sullivan
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Asin: 0072133708
Catlog: Book (2001-09-15)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Sales Rank: 68607
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Act and how to use it
Having purchased a copy of this book I was quickly able to undertand how the software could be made to work for me. My sales team all have a copy and this has lead to the team having an increase in sales and productivty by 25%. This book will help everyone do everything with Act. ... Read more

7. How to Prepare for the ACT (Barron's How to Prepare for the Act American College Testing Program Assessment (Book Only))
by George Ehrenhaft, Robert L. Lehrman, Fred Obrecht, Allan Mundsack
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Asin: 0764123009
Catlog: Book (2004-07-15)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Sales Rank: 138398
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

This newly revised and thoroughly updated edition prepares students for the American College Testing Program Assessment, which is the required college entrance exam at many leading schools. In-depth subject reviews cover all test areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. This edition also includes a new, comprehensive guide tailored specifically for students planning to take the optional ACT Writing Test, which is being introduced during the 2004–05 school years.The manual contains an overview of the ACT, a diagnostic test, and three full-length model ACTs with all questions answered and explained. Other features include added practice exercises, study advice, and test-taking strategies for success. The book can be purchased with an optional CD-ROM, which simulates test-taking conditions, offering computerized versions of the tests with automatic scoring. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny!
I took the ACT my junior year and only received a score of 25. However, after using this book for about a month in advance, I was able to achieve a score of 29. I attribute most of, if not all of that increase to this book. It's practice tests are great, but that is not all. For each section different topics are discussed and mini-tests are given in these areas. The English section really helped me to not only practice, but understand many simple ideas about grammar and punctuation, that I had never learned. Not only does it cover everything you need to know, but in a few cases it covers information that is not necessary. However, it is very rare, and chances are it will only help you, and not hurt you. If you plan on taking the ACT and need review material, this is the book for you!

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste you time
Most of this book has stuff you don't need to know. For example, it talks about graphing complex functions and sequences and series. You'll never see anything like that. If you do, it will be easy enough not to know the formulas they give you. The practice tests are ten times more difficult than the real test. Go with the Princeton Review, or better yet, take the SAT. They at least give you enough time to do the sections.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
This was a great study aid for preparing for the ACT. I don't think I could have been as prepared for the test had it not been for this great book. Thanks to this book I am sure any college will accept me, well maybe not any. ... Read more

8. Cliffstestprep Act
by Jerry Bobrow, William A. Covino, David A. Kay, Harold Nathan
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Asin: 0764586130
Catlog: Book (2000-08-28)
Publisher: Cliffs Notes
Sales Rank: 86054
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Your ACT Assessment Program: ACT Tests, Interest Inventory, and Student Profile are important to your future! You need the most comprehensive test preparation guide that you can realistically complete in a reasonable time. It must be concise, direct, easy to use, and thorough, giving you all the assistance you need to do your best on the ACT Tests.

In keeping with the fine tradition of CliffsNotes, this guide was developed by leading experts in the field of test preparation as part of a series to specifically meet these standards. The testing strategies, techniques, and materials have been researches, tested, and evaluated and are being used at many leading colleges and universities. This guide focuses on six major areas:

  • Ability Tested
  • Basic Skills Necessary
  • Understanding Directions
  • Analysis of Directions
  • Suggested Approaches with Samples
  • Practice-Review-Analyze-Practice

Four complete simulation ACT exams are included with answers and in-depth explanations. Each exam is followed by analysis charts to help you analyze your results and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Only buy if you need more practice tests
Do not buy this book if you are looking for a guide to prepare for the ACT...this is because the book only has about 15 pages of review per test. So, if you need a review book, I suggest that you go to the Princeton Review book, which does a pretty good job.

However, if you have used up all the practice tests in the book that you are currently using, then I strongly reccommend this book. The book offers four practice tests (even though the cover says it offers two tests.) Each answer is fully explained, which makes the tests a lot better than the other books.

So, if you need review, don't add this book to your cart. If you need more tests, this book is a very good source.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time and Money: Better ACT Books Out There.
In preparation for the ACT, I have studied the Cliffestestprep ACT book closely. And in the process, I have seen MISTAKES in the answers.

On page 33, "5 x 4=25".
on page 159, question #11 on practice test2, the answers are mistakenly copied from question the answers don't make any sense for question #11!

These are just two mistakes that I've seen, but judging by that, I wouldn't be suprised to find more. I wish I could return the book, but since I already marked it up, I cannot. Don't buy this book, get a more helpful ACT resource. This book has 4 practice tests, but because of the mistakes, I am relucant to go further.

Finally, the practice problems are more difficult than real ACT problems: CLiffs give you long-winded and confusing explanations for problems you don't even need to know for the actual ACT. I'm sure you can find more consice explanations in other resources. In short, this is not the best choice for getting ready for the ACT.

UPDATE: I recently checked out Princeton Review's CRACKING THE ACT 2002; I highly recommend it for great strategies, tips, and practice material. I also recommend GETTING INTO THE ACT, which is the only review book sponsored by the ACT itself. This is the ONLY book with REAL full-length ACT tests from a few years back;thus, you get familiar with the format of the test and its degree of difficulty. These two books should be all you need to prepare...going through these books..I realized just how useless CliffsTestPrep ACT was.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource!
I am a guidance counselor and have used this book to help students prepare for the ACT. I like how the book lets you take practice tests, a little at a time, if you choose. Then helps you analyze your mistakes: were they lack of knowledge or careless mistakes? Then you can analzye your careless mistakes and learn to avoid them. After having a workshop with seniors using this book, one of the girls raised her reading score from 18 to 29. As with all books, you have to READ it, STUDY it, and APPLY it, if you want results.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
Recently, I have been preparing to take the ACT Assessment for my first time. As any high school student knows, getting ready for this important test can be a daunting task. Naturally, I turned to the Cliffs Notes series to help me study. The makers of Cliffs Notes have made an outstanding test preparation manual called "CliffsTestPrep ACT" that is designed to acquaint students with the format of the test prior to the actual test day. As a result of being familiar with the test, students will most likely score higher when it comes time to take the actual ACT. This book contains four full-length practice tests, which is probably more than enough practice for the average student. Still, the more practice you get, the better you'll do on the test. One of the best things about this book is that explains the answers to you in detail after you score your practice test. These explanations of the answers helped me to identify many of my English and Math mistakes so that I would not make them again the next time around. Consequently, I scored two points higher on my second practice test. I also believe that this book enabled me to score higher on my actual ACT exam. I definitely recommend that students use "CliffsTestPrep ACT" to help them study for one of the most important tests that they will ever take. Just as the Cliffs Notes have become synonymous with higher literature test scores, the CliffsTestPrep manual will inevitably lead to higher ACT test scores. The small amount of time that it takes to read and work in this book is definitely not too high a price for getting a higher score on the ACT.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book but needs more sample questions
If you're someone who has a good idea about how the ACT test goes and just want a good practice at sample tests, this seems the perfect book. Included are 2 great full length practice tests and they are really challenging. My son had just come from India and this book really boosted his low confidence.Thanks to the authors ... Read more

9. Cracking the ACT, 2005 Edition (Cracking the Act)
by Princeton Review
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Publisher: Princeton Review
Sales Rank: 100402
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10. The Ultimate Verbal and Vocabulary Builder for the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT and LSAT
by Lighthouse Review Inc., Inc. Lighthouse Review
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Asin: 0967759412
Catlog: Book (2001-02-15)
Publisher: Lighthouse Review Inc
Sales Rank: 31966
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Standarized tests require extensive verbal and vocabulary skills.Questions are often answered incorrectly simply because the test-taker does not know the meaning of key words used in the question.This book provides a comprehensive verbal and vocabulary builder for the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.Includes over 1700 words commonly seen on these tests, together with methods and tools designed to teach the meaning of words in context.Also includes 16 carefully designed exercises and 16 practice sets.These exercises and practice sets clearly and concisely increase vocabulary skills without the use of rote memorization.Book uses "self reference," antonyms, synonyms, and context to impact word meanings in a user friendly, easy to learn manner. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good deal!
I am a returning student (about to enter graduate school). We are required to take the GRE. This book was a very helpful refresher for me, and you can't beat the price. Service was quick and helpful too!

4-0 out of 5 stars A good book
a good way to kick start your vocabulary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use
The way this workbook had me actually using vocabulary, rather than just studying lists of words, helped to firmly "plant" these words and their definitions in my mind. By following the instructions to write synonyms, antonyms and sentences using each vocabulary word, without a doubt, has been the strongest tool that I have found to increase my test score.

1-0 out of 5 stars vocabulary builder for Kindergarten
This book has the bost banal and useless words that are of common everyday usage and in no way will aid in furthering your vocabulary especially for the tough GMAT. ... Read more

11. Getting into the ACT: Official Guide to the ACT Assessment,Second Edition
by ACT Staff
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Asin: 0156005352
Catlog: Book (1997-08-15)
Publisher: Harvest Books
Sales Rank: 13627
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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For the more than one million high school students who take the ACT Assessment each year, any assistance helps; a few more points could influence the rest of their lives. So the ACT Official Guide is a wise investment. It's updated for the 1997-98 testing season with real ACT tests and pragmatic strategies. Just the anxiety reduction alone effected by taking practice tests and knowing what to expect helps avoid a test-day fiasco. Getting into the ACT is written by ACT, with illustrative samples for the English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning sections. The preliminary practice allows students to bone up on trouble spots, learn what to expect, gain confidence, and do their best on the big day. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Getting Into the ACT
This book is great, since it has real tests and strategies, but I would suggest only checking this out from the library, and not buying one, because there are other ways to get real ACTs. There is a little booklet about the ACT, what to bring and that sort of stuff with a real ACT test, and a way to get two more tests wich all-together cost only about 15 dollars. I would suggest using the Getting Into the ACT for just practice, to see how you would do on the ACT and the other tests with a time limit. Also, don't use just this book, use ACT for Dummies, or some other book to help you out too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Think of this as the ACT version of
I bought this book right after I took my first ACTs. I did not really prepare for my first ACTs; I only took a brief glance at an ACT-produced material. So, I decided to buy this book to get more used to the test.
If you really need to know the 'format' of the test, you don't have to buy this book. Buy Barron's or Kaplan, or Princeton Review. What this book is REALLY useful at is giving you an expectation of the level of questions the ACT is going to ask you.
For instance, Barron's ACT questions are much more challenging than the real ACT questions. However, the questions that appear here are of the SAME level of difficulty, partly because the questions are from 'retired' ACTs of 1996 (or some other year, I am not too sure)
If you already have "10 Real SATs", this is pretty much the same as that book, except it is produced by the ACT for the ACT.
The only difference would be that this book, unlike the "10 Real SATs", does not have 10 tests. It has only 2. However, this book has detailed explanations that will give you an edge if you would like to study more on the ACTs.
If you got the money, buy this, and go through the book 3-4 days before the real ACTs. You will see a definite increase in your scores. I certainly did; I got a 35 on my last ACT.

4-0 out of 5 stars very helpful
I bought this book prior to my taking the ACT for the first time and I must say it was helpful. The great advantage is that this book is written by the test makers and you know that the sample tests are similar to the actual test. This way, you really get the best practice and you are "surprised" on the day of the test with questions you've never seen before. Another great advantage is the sample tests (something you can not get in any other ACT preparation book). Unfortunately, there are only 2 sample tests. The explanations (for the sample tests and also for the other sample questions) are thorough but you can't really get enough practice with this book.

Also, if you are looking for a book that will "teach" you the material, this isn't it. The book contains mainly strategies.

In conclusion, if you are looking for general information in regards to the ACT and some sample question, just to get familiar with the test - this is the book for you. If you are looking for more than that, you should buy this book and another one with the math/science material.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good if you know nothing about the ACT
I found this book a little elementary. I thought it would be good for someone that was clueless about the ACT but if you've taken it once or twice and need study help. Choose something else.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a must
I've been out of high school for 10 years...going back to college and needed to take the ACT. After getting this book, I scored a 19 on the first practice exam. I studied 2-3 times a week for 2 months and took my official test. What a surprise I got the day my results came back and I had scored a 25. My cousin who just started her senior year in high school took the test and got a 18!!! This book is a must. ... Read more

12. Test of Time : A Novel Approach to the SAT and ACT (Harvest Original)
by Charles Harrington Elster
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Asin: 0156011379
Catlog: Book (2004-05-17)
Publisher: Harvest Books
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Test of Time is a captivating time-travel adventure that incorporates vocabulary words from the SAT and ACT, boldfacing them throughout the novel and providing definitions in a handy back-of-the book glossary. The result is a fun and effective study method for the thousands of diligent students who take these tests each year.

For Orlando Garcia Ortiz and his friends at prestigious Hadleyburg University, it's finals week. That same week, but many, many years before, a famously eccentric writer in Hartford, Connecticut, is putting the finishing touches on a manuscript about a rebellious boy named Huck. Suddenly, a bizarre thing happens: The manuscript disappears and in its place appears a strange contraption-a college student's laptop that has traveled through time. It's a mysterious set of circumstances, but our intrepid heroes at Hadleyburg, joined by Mark Twain, endeavor to retrieve their valued possessions and return to their proper places in time.

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13. Cracking the ACT with Sample Tests on CD-ROM, 2004 Edition (Cracking the Act)
by Geoff Martz, Kim Magloire, Theodore Silver
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-06)
Publisher: Princeton Review
Sales Rank: 23163
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the ACT is very different from getting straight A’s in school. We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about math, reading, science, and English–only the techniques you’ll need to score higher on the exam. There’s a big difference. In Cracking the ACT, we’ll teach you how to think like the test writers and

-Use Process of Elimination to eliminate answer choices that look right but are
planted to fool you
-Ace the English test by learning how to spot sentence structure, grammar, and
punctuation errors quickly
-Crack algebra problems by Plugging In numbers in place of letters
-Score higher on reading comprehension by learning to zero in on main ideas,
topic sentences, and key words
-Solve science reasoning problems by scanning the passage for critical words

This book includes four full-length practice ACT exams on CD-ROM, one full-length practice exam in the book, and The Princeton Review Assessment Exam, a full-length diagnostic exam that will predict your scores on both the ACT and the SAT. All of our practice test questions are like the ones you will find on the actual ACT exam, and we include detailed explanations for every answer.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Review
Before purchasing this book, I bought the Peterson's and Sparknotes ACT preparation books. The Peterson's book is terrible, and its practice tests are impossible to score well on (along with this, they are definitely not comparable to the real ACT test). The Sparknotes book is excellent with its English concepts, but its Reading, Science and Math weren't as good. Cracking the ACT contained not only great practice tests, but its English and Math reviews helped me a lot! I took a diagnostic test in the Peterson's book and scored in the low twenties for Math and English (I didn't even attempt the others because the book was terrible). After reviewing the Princeton Review book, I was able to score a 29 and 30 on Math and English, respectively on the real test. The Science portion also gave good strategies pertaining its questions. For the Reading and Science sections, all I would recommend you do is to start READING BOOKS! You can't really "study" for these sections, so I would advise you to start checking out/buying some books for your spare time if you want to do well on these parts. This book, however, gave good formats on how to approach these questions. Overall, this book was very helpful, and I will continue to study it for when I take the ACT again this summer.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for the last minute person
This book was great! having taken the ACT before my score was a 21. I had scored a low 22 in the verbal part of the test. Obviously i registered again. Now i have to admitt; I am a last minute type of person. I had an older version of this book and the day before the test i started to study. yet wasn't such a good tactic was it? Well the only part of the book i was able to review and study was the beginning, the verbal section. And surely enough my previous verbal score of 23 shot up to a 30! As for the rest of my score, that's another matter. I am registering for the ACt again, and this time i am studying the whole book. So if you are in a race for time then buy this book. A worth while investment i might add.

5-0 out of 5 stars It will get me into college!
This book really helped me raise my act score. Before i read this book, i got a 21, but afterwards i got a 25. a MUST BUY FOR ALL ACT TEST TAKErs! ... Read more

14. Active Reading in the Arts and Sciences (3rd Edition)
by Shirley Quinn, Susan Irvings
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Catlog: Book (1996-09-26)
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This book is designed to develop readers' critical thinking abilities as they apply to the reading of college textbooks and other academic materials.Theart of questioning with extensive demonstrations of what questions to ask in reading discipline-specific materials and which answers to look for forms the underlying structure of the book. The book covers thinking skills such as inference, generalization, recognition of organizational patterns and evaluation throughout and offers many readings on aspects of cognitive development. In addition, the book includes special sections on reading graphic material, fiction, and criticism. ... Read more

15. Master the Act Assessment 2004: Teacher-Tested Strategies and Techniques for Scoring High (Master the New Act Assessment)
by Arco
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
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16. Crash Course for the ACT, Second Edition (Crash Course for the Act)
by Shawn Michael Domzalski
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-16)
Publisher: Princeton Review
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10 Simple Steps to a Higher Score–in Less Than 1 Week!

If the big test is staring you right in the face and you feel doomed, then here’s your last-minute reprieve: an ACT book designed exclusively for the student who’s running out of time.

We may not be able to turn you into a genius overnight, but we can give you the essential tools and rules you need to get a good score. Practice the ten steps in this book and you’ll have The Princeton Review advantage. Here’s what you get:

•Strategies you positively must know to ace the exam

•Dozens of practice questions you can use to master our techniques

•Detailed answer explanations that will help you avoid making the
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4-0 out of 5 stars Compact, helpful....
...but don't count on this for all your preparation. This little book will give you a basic run-through on ACT preparation and will point up areas in which you might need work, but I would consider it more appropriate for a 1st review book well ahead of exam time or for a last ditch effort for anyone who has procrastinated a bit too long. I gave it 4 stars instead of 3 because it promises no more than what it delivers, a "crash course". ... Read more

17. Cracking the ACT, 2004 Edition (Princeton Review Series)
by Geoff Martz, Kim Magloire, Theodore Silver
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Asin: 0375763953
Catlog: Book (2004-01-06)
Publisher: Princeton Review
Sales Rank: 35380
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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the ACT is very different from getting straight A’s in school. We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about math, reading, science, and English–only the techniques you’ll need to score higher on the exam. There’s a big difference. In Cracking the ACT, we’ll teach you how to think like the test writers and

-Use Process of Elimination to eliminate answer choices that look right but are
planted to fool you
-Ace the English test by learning how to spot sentence structure, grammar, and
punctuation errors quickly
-Crack algebra problems by Plugging In numbers in place of letters
-Score higher on reading comprehension by learning to zero in on main ideas, topic
sentences, and key words
-Solve science reasoning problems by scanning the passage for critical words

This book includes one full-length practice ACT exam and The Princeton Review Assessment Exam, a full-length diagnostic exam that will predict your scores on both the ACT and the SAT. All of our test questions are like the ones you will find on the actual ACT exam, and we include detailed explanations for every answer.
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18. ACT Assessment (REA) - The Very Best Coaching and Study Course for the ACT (Test Preps)
by Charles O. Brass, Suzanne Coffield, Joseph T. Conklin, Anita Price Davis, Slim Fayache, Mitchel Fedak, Bernice E. Goldberg, Kevin James Hanson, Kai Miao, Lina Miceli, Pamela K. Phillips, Elizabeth M. Powell, Corinna Siebert, Michael Sporer
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
Publisher: Research & Education Association
Sales Rank: 128920
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Master the ACT and get into the college you want... Our ACT test experts show you the right way to prepare for this important test and score higher. REA's new and fully expanded 5th edition examines all ACT assessment subject areas including in-depth coverage of the ACT's new Writing Test. The comprehensive review covers every possible exam topic: Reading, English, Math, and Science. Features 5 full-length practice exams. Each practice exam question is fully explained to help you better understand the subject material. Use the book's appendix and index for speedy look-ups and smarter searches.

Follow up your study with REA's proven test-taking strategies, powerhouse drills and study schedule that get you ready to master the ACT.

- Comprehensive review of every subject to appear on the ACT assessment: Reading, Math, English, and Science
- Contains the ACT's latest change - the all-new Writing Test
- Dynamic diagnostic exam pinpoints your exam strengths and weaknesses
- Flexible study schedule tailored to your needs
- Packed with proven test tips, strategies and advice to help you master the ACT
- 5 full-length practice ACT assessment exams. Each exam question is answered in complete detail with easy-to-follow, easy-to-grasp explanations.
- Fully indexed for quicker and smarter searches.
- Bonus College Guide on how to choose your college wisely

About Our Book
About the ACT
How to Use this Book
Format of the ACT
About the Review Sections
Scoring the ACT
Scoring Worksheet
Raw Score Conversion Chart
Subscore Conversion Chart: Raw Score to Scaled Score
Studying for the ACT
Test-Taking Tips
The Day of the Exam
How Do I Find College Information?
Types of Institutions
What Am I Looking for in a College?
What Do Colleges Look for?
Visiting Colleges
How to Apply
ACT Assessment Diagnostic Exam
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers
Description of the ACT English Test
About the Directions
Strategies for the English Section
Skills Tested
Standard Written English Review
Rhetorical Skills Review
Answer Key for Drills
Description of the ACT Mathematics Test
About the Directions
Strategies for the Mathematics Section
Skills Tested
Arithmetic Review
Algebra Review
Geometry and Trigonometry Review
Answer Key for Drills
Description of the ACT Reading Test
About the Directions
Strategies for the Reading Section
Skills Tested
Reading Review
Answer Key for Drill
Description of the ACT Science Reasoning Test
About the Directions
Strategies for the Science Reasoning Section
Skills Tested
Sample Passages and Questions
Biology Review
Chemistry Review
Physics Review
Earth Science Review
Geology Review
Astronomy Review
Meteorology Review
Answer Key for Drills
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers


About Research & Education Association
Research & Education Association (REA) is an organization of educators, scientists, and engineers specializing in various academic fields. Founded in 1959 with the purpose of disseminating the most recently developed scientific information to groups in industry, government, high schools, and universities, REA has since become a successful and highly respected publisher of study aids, test preps, handbooks, and reference works.

REA's Test Preparation series includes study guides for all academic levels in almost all disciplines. Research & Education Association publishes test preps for students who have not yet completed high school, as well as high school students preparing to enter college. Students from countries around the world seeking to attend college in the United States will find the assistance they need in REA's publications. For college students seeking advanced degrees, REA publishes test preps for many major graduate school admission examinations in a wide variety of disciplines, including engineering, law, and medicine. Students at every level, in every field, with every ambition can find what they are looking for among REA's publications.
While most test preparation books present practice tests that bear little resemblance to the actual exams, REA's series presents tests that accurately depict the official exams in both degree of difficulty and types of questions. REA's practice tests are always based upon the most recently administered exams, and include every type of question that can be expected on the actual exams.

REA's publications and educational materials are highly regarded and continually receive an unprecedented amount of praise from professionals, instructors, librarians, parents, and students. Our authors are as diverse as the fields represented in the books we publish. They are well-known in their respective disciplines and serve on the faculties of prestigious high schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and Canada.


This book has the tools to effectively prepare you for the ACT Assessment. It contains five full-length practice exams complete with answer keys and detailed explanations for each question, along with a topical review for each of the four individual tests that make up the ACT. All of the practice exams we provide are based on the latest ACT test administrations and contain every type of question that you can expect to encounter on the actual exam.

Who Takes the ACT and What is It Used for?
The ACT is usually taken by high school juniors and seniors. The exam is used by college admissions officers as a way to fairly judge all the students who apply to their school. Because high schools across the United States use many different grading systems, ACT scores put everyone on more of an equal footing. Your ACT scores, along with other information provided by you and your high school, help colleges predict how well you will do at the college level.

If you don't do well on the ACT, don't panic! The exam can be taken over so that you can work on improving your scores. It's also not the be-all and end-all that you might think it is. Admissions officers use a number of criteria to judge applicants: Grade-point average, extracurricular activities, on-campus interviews, and the degree to which you've been taking challenging courses in high school are all factors that go into the mix. REA believes you have every reason to believe that, with enough of the right preparation, you can and should score well on the ACT. Nonetheless, you shouldn't think that not doing so will necessarily jeopardize your chances of attending the college of your choice. The very fact that you picked up this book, however, means that you're not one to leave much to chance. Having our test prep at your side as you approach test day will give you the extra shot of confidence we all sometimes need to climb the ladder of success.

Who Administers the ACT?
The ACT is developed and administered by ACT, Inc., and involves the assistance of educators throughout the country. The development process is designed and implemented to ensure that the content and difficulty level of the exam are appropriate.

When and Where is the ACT Given?
You should try to take the exam early in your junior or senior year so that you will have another opportunity to take it if you are not satisfied with your performance. Taking our practice exams will familiarize you with the types of questions and format of the ACT so that you do not have to go through the anxiety of learning about the ACT during the actual exam.

The ACT is usually administered five times a year throughout the country. It is given at hundreds of locations, including high schools. The usual testing day is Saturday, but the exam can be taken on an alternate day if a conflict, such as a religious obligation, exists.

To receive information on upcoming administrations of the ACT, consult the ACT Registration Bulletin, which can be obtained from your guidance counselor, or contact ACT, Inc., directly at:

ACT Registration
Phone: (319) 337-1270 (Weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ct)
Online registration or registration by phone is recommended

To take the ACT, you must pay a registration fee. A fee waiver may be granted in certain situations. To find out if you qualify, ask your guidance counselor.

What Do I Study First?
Begin your studies by first taking our written diagnostic exam. The tables that follow include an answer key to score your exam, and also explain what review material you need to study if you answer a question incorrectly.

After taking the written diagnostic exam, you may wish to continue your study by moving on to our Practice Exams I and II. Or, if you prefer, first study our reviews, which are designed to provide you with the information and strategies you need to do well on the ACT.

Complete your preparation by taking the remaining two practice exams.For the most benefit, be sure to simulate actual testing conditions. Sit at a table in a quiet room and be sure to time yourself. Doing so will help you become familiar with the format and procedures involved with taking the actual ACT, and should help alleviate some of your test-taking anxiety.

To best utilize your study time, follow our ACT Independent Study Schedule, which you'll find in the front of this book. The schedule is based on a ten-week program, but can be condensed to five weeks if necessary.

When Should I Start Studying?
It is never too early to start studying for the ACT. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills. Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study, since it does not allow you the time needed to learn the exam material. The sooner you learn the format of the exam, the more time you will have to familiarize yourself with it.


English - 45 minutes - 75 questions
- Punctuation 13% 10 multiple-choice
- Basic Grammar & Usage 16% 12 multiple-choice
- Sentence Structure 24% 18 multiple-choice
Rhetorical Skills
- Strategy 16% 12 multiple-choice
- Organization 15% 11 multiple-choice
- Style 16% 12 multiple-choice

Mathematics 60 minutes - 60 questions
Pre-Algebra / Elem. Algebra
- Pre-Algebra 23% 14 multiple-choice
- Elementary Algebra 17% 10 multiple-choice
Int. Algebra / Coord. Geometry
- Intermediate Algebra 15% 9 multiple-choice
- Coordinate Geometry 15% 9 multiple-choice
Plane Geometry / Trigonometry
- Plane Geometry 23% 14 multiple-choice
- Trigonometry 7% 4 multiple-choice

Reading - 35 minutes - 40 questions
Social Studies/Sciences
- Social Studies 25% 10 multiple-choice
- Natural Sciences 25% 10 multiple-choice
- Prose Fiction 25% 10 multiple-choice
- Humanities 25% 10 multiple-choice

Science Reasoning - 35 minutes - 40 questions
- Data Representation 38% 15 multiple-choice
- Research Summaries 45% 18 multiple-choice
- Conflicting Viewpoints 17% 7 multiple-choice

The breakdown of questions may appear as follows:
Test 1: English - 5 passages each followed by 15 questions (45 minutes)
Test 2: Mathematics - 60 regular math questions (60 minutes)
Test 3: Reading - 4 reading passages with 10 questions on each passage (35 minutes)
Test 4: Science Reasoning - 7 passages each followed by between 5 & 7 questions (35 minutes)

Note: On certain test dates, a fifth test is administered for developmental purposes. This test will not be counted toward your score.

Total questions: 215
Total Testing Time: 2 hours, 55 minutes

All of the questions on the ACT are in multiple-choice format and provide four answer choices, except those in the Mathematics test which present five choices.

English Test
There are two types of English questions on the ACT, for which you will receive separate subscores:
- Usage/Mechanics: (40 questions) You will be required to review sentences from the passages for proper grammar. These questions test your knowledge of punctuation, your understanding of basic grammar and usage, and your recognition of proper sentence structure.
- Rhetorical Skills: (35 questions) You will be tested on your ability to recognize the strategy of a piece of writing, and to choose expressions and sentences which will support that strategy. Your skill level in organizing ideas and judging statements in context will also be tested. Finally, your ability to select precise and appropriate words and images, avoid ambiguous or ineffective writing, and write economically will be tested.

Mathematics Test
In the Mathematics test, you will encounter standard multiple-choice questions. The test covers five areas, but you will receive three subscores based on the following topics:
- Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra: (24 questions) These questions test your knowledge of whole numbers, decimals, integers, fractions, linear equations, algebraic equations, and your ability to solve a quadratic equation.
- Intermediate Algebra and Coordinate Geometry: (18 questions) You will be tested on graphing in the coordinate plane, operations with integer exponents, radical and rational expressions, the quadratic formula, linear inequalities in one variable, and systems of two linear equations in two variables.
- Plane Geometry/Trigonometry: (18 questions) These questions evaluate your knowledge of the properties and relations of figures on the geometric plane, right triangle trigonometry, graphing trigonometric functions, and basic trigonometric identities.

Reading Test
The Reading passages cover topics in social studies, the natural sciences, prose fiction, and the humanities. You will receive two subscores based on the following areas:
- Social Studies/Natural Sciences: (20 questions) The Social Studies questions will evaluate you on a passage that may come from history, political science, anthropology, psychology, or sociology. The Natural Science questions will test you on a passage from biology, chemistry, physics, or the physical sciences.
- Arts/Literature: (20 questions) Questions on the Arts will be based on a passage covering art, music, philosophy, theater, architecture, or dance. The Literature questions will evaluate you based on a passage that is a complete short story, or an excerpt from a short story or novel.

Science Reasoning Test
The Science Reasoning test has seven passages, which are taken from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and the physical sciences (this includes astronomy, geology, and meteorology). Rather than test your recall of scientific content, or your skill in mathematics or reading, these questions seek to evaluate your ability to reason scientifically. The information will be conveyed in one of three formats:
- Data Representation: (15 questions) These questions ask you to read tables, graphs, or scatter plots. Your ability to read and interpret information presented in this format will be measured.
- Research Summaries: (18 questions) You will be presented with descriptions of one or more related experiments. Questions in this format will focus on experimental design and ask you to interpret the experimental results.
- Conflicting Viewpoints: (7 questions) These questions will be based on a reading passage that presents several hypotheses or views that are inconsistent with each other. You will be asked to understand, analyze, and compare these conflicting viewpoints or hypotheses.

The reviews in this book are designed to help you sharpen the basic skills needed to approach the ACT as well as provide strategies for attacking each type of question. A separate review is presented for each ACT test: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. Drills are provided to reinforce what you have learned. By using the reviews in conjunction with the practice tests, you will better prepare yourself for the actual exam.

When Will I Receive My Score Report and What Will It Look Like?
You will receive your ACT score report four to eight weeks after you take the test. Aside from you, only your high school, the colleges you indicated on your answer sheet, and scholarship services will see your scores.

Your score report will contain your scaled scores for each of the four tests, and your composite score. Your subscores for the English, Mathematics, and Reading tests will also be noted. As mentioned, they are scored independently, and will not necessarily add up to the scaled score for each test. For example, the three Mathematics subscores will not necessarily add up to your scaled score in Mathematics. The score report will also denote percentiles for each scaled score, subscore, and your composite score. This information tells you the number of students who took the same administration of the ACT and received scores equivalent to or lower than yours. Your composite score will also be ranked with those of enrolled first-year students at the colleges you indicated on your answer sheet.

It is very important to choose the time and place for studying that works best for you. Some students may set aside a certain number of hours every morning, while others may choose to study at night before going to sleep. Other students may study during the day, while waiting on line, or even while eating lunch. Only you can determine when and where your study time will be the most effective. But be consistent and use your time wisely. Work out a study routine and stick to it!

When you take our written practice exams, try to make your testing conditions as much like the actual exam as possible. Turn your television and radio off, and sit down at a quiet table free from distraction. Make sure to time yourself. Start off by setting a timer for the time that is allotted for each test, and be sure to reset the timer for the appropriate amount of time when you start a new test.

As you complete each diagnostic and practice exam, score your exam and thoroughly review the explanations to the questions you answered incorrectly; however, do not review too much at one time. Concentrate on one problem area at a time by reviewing the question and explanation, and by studying our review until you are confident that you completely understand the material.

Since you will be allowed to write in your test booklet during the actual ACT, you may want to write in the margins and spaces of this book while practicing; however, do not make miscellaneous notes on your answer sheets. Mark each answer clearly and make sure the answer you have chosen corresponds to the question you are answering.

Score your exams using the Scoring Worksheet and keep track of them. By doing so, you will be able to gauge your progress and discover general weaknesses in particular sections. You should carefully study the reviews that cover your areas of difficulty, as this will build your skills in those areas.

Although you may not be familiar with standardized exams such as the ACT, there are many ways to acquaint yourself with this type of examination and help alleviate your test-taking anxieties. Listed below are ways to help you become accustomed to the ACT, some of which may be applied to other standardized tests as well.

Become comfortable with the format of the ACT. When you are practicing, simulate the conditions under which you will be taking the actual exam. Stay calm and pace yourself. After simulating the exam a couple of times, you will boost your chances of doing well, and you will be able to sit down for the actual ACT with much more confidence.

Read all of the possible answers. Just because you think you have found the correct response, do not automatically assume that it is the best answer. Read through each choice to be sure that you are not making a mistake by jumping to conclusions.

Use the process of elimination. Go through each answer to a question and eliminate as many of the answer choices as possible. By eliminating two answer choices, you have given yourself a better chance of getting the item correct since there will only be two or three choices left from which to make your guess. Guess only if you can eliminate at least two answers.

Be careful if you use a calculator. Calculators are now permitted on the mathematics portion of the test. However, all the questions can be solved without the use of a calculator. Use your judgment on when and where you should use a calculator. You may find that some questions are more easily solved without the use of a calculator. A good rule of thumb is to use a calculator only if you use it regularly in your classwork and homework. You should note that not all types of calculators are permitted. Unacceptable calculators include handheld or laptop computers, electronic writing pads or pen-input devices, pocket organizers, models with typewriter-style keypads, noisy or paper tape calculators, and calculators that require a power cord. You should make sure your calculator has fresh batteries and remember that sharing of calculators is prohibited.

Answer every question. You are not penalized if you answer a question incorrectly. Try to use the guessing strategy even if you are truly stumped by a question, since there is still a possibility you will select the correct answer.

Work quickly and steadily. You will have only 35 to 60 minutes to work on each test, so avoid focusing on any one problem too long. Take our practice exams to help you learn to budget your precious time.

Learn the directions and format for each test. Familiarizing yourself with the directions and format of the different tests will not only save time, but will also help you avoid nervousness (and the mistakes caused by getting nervous).

Work the easier questions first. If you find yourself working too long on one question, make a mark next to it in your test booklet and come back to it. After you have answered all the questions that you can, go back to the ones you have skipped.

Be sure that the answer oval you are marking corresponds to the number of the question in the test booklet. Since the tests are graded by machine, marking one wrong answer can throw off your answer key and score. Be extremely careful.

Eliminate the obviously wrong answers. Sometimes an ACT question will have one or two answer choices that are a little odd. These answers will stick out as being wrong for one of several reasons: they may be impossible given the conditions of the problem, they may violate mathematical rules or principles, or they may be illogical. Being able to spot answers that are clearly wrong before you finish a problem gives you an advantage because you will be able to make a more educated guess from the remaining choices if you are unable to fully solve the problem.

Work from the answer choices. One of the ways you can use a multiple-choice format to your advantage is to work backwards from the answer choices to solve a problem. This is not a strategy you can use all of the time, but it can be helpful if you can just plug the choices into a given formula or equation. The answer choices can often narrow the scope of the responses. You may be able to make an educated guess based on eliminating choices that you know do not fit into the problem.

Before the Exam
On the day of the exam, you should wake up early and have a good breakfast. Make sure to dress comfortably, so that you are not distracted by being too hot or too cold while taking the test. Also plan to arrive at the test center early. This will allow you to collect your thoughts and relax before the exam, and will also spare you the anguish that comes with being late. As an added incentive to make sure you arrive early, keep in mind that no one will be allowed into the test session after the test has begun.

Before you leave for the test center, make sure that you have your admission ticket and another form of identification, which must contain a recent photograph, your name, and signature (i.e., passport, driver's license, recently published photo, or a letter of identification from your school with photo attached). Check with your guidance counselor or ACT Administration if you have any questions about proper identification, since you will not be allowed in the test center without it. You must also bring several sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers, as none will be provided at the test center.

If you would like, wear a watch to the test center. However, you may not wear one that has an alarm, as it may disturb other test-takers. No dictionaries, textbooks, notebooks, briefcases, or packages will be permitted and drinking, smoking, and eating are prohibited. Only your pencils and admission ticket will be permitted into the testing area.

During the Exam
Once you enter the test center, follow all of the rules and instructions given by the test supervisor. If you do not, you risk being dismissed from the test and having your ACT scores canceled. When all of the exam materials have been passed out, the test supervisor will give you directions for filling out your answer sheet. You must fill out this answer sheet carefully. Fill out your name exactly as it appears on your identification documents and admission ticket, unless otherwise instructed.

Remember that you can write in your test booklet, as no scratch paper will be provided. Mark your answers in the appropriate spaces on the answer sheet. Each numbered row will contain four or five ovals corresponding to each answer choice for that question. Fill in the oval which corresponds to your answer darkly, completely, and in a neat manner. You can change you answer, but remember to completely erase your old answer. Only one answer should be marked. As your answer sheet will be machine-scored, stray lines or marks may cause the machine to score your answers incorrectly.

After the Exam
Once your exam materials have been collected, you will be dismissed. Your score report should be mailed out in four to eight weeks.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Very Worse Course For Time
This book of more than a thousand pages has every topic that could possibly be on the ACT. The topics are explained in a clear, concise manner. But there are so many topics that their explanations are almost too concise: Two or three sentences of explanations are given and a couple of examples. The format of the examples are in a No and Yes format for the English section. The drills in the English section and Science have good explanations with them. But in the Math section, in which work might be needed, there are no explanations, only answers. The Reading section has no explanation either. The diagnostic test and four other tests gives you great explanations for each topic, though.

Don't get me wrong, some topics are explained well because of the many sub-categories. But other topics are really sketchy on the details. Also, in the English section, the book expects you to memorize all the "by-the-book" terms, like superlative and present perfect. I had never even heard of those terms until I had taken a Spanish class. Moreover, other books might help you memorize things by acronyms but this book if just full of dry information.

If you have to take the ACT in a couple months or weeks, this is a very bad book for you. With all this info, you would need a year to get through it all. Moreover, there is so much stuff that you really don't need for the ACT. This book gives you years worth of information. You can really tell from the science topics of astrology, meteorology, physics, etc.

At least now I understand the elusive diffence between who and whom.
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19. Master theAct Assessment 2005: Includes Preparation for the New Writing Test (Master the New Act Assessment)
by Arco
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Asin: 0768916119
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: ARCO
Sales Rank: 137208
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ARCO Master the ACT Assessment 2005 provides a test preparation solution for the new addition of an optional writing section that will be introduced in 2005. This is high-quality test prep in an easy-to use format that is simple to follow student to find for the average student who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time preparing for the test and isn’t trying to obtain a highly competitive score. ... Read more

20. The Procrastinator's Guide to the ACT 2005 (Procrastinator's Guide to the Act)
by Kaplan
list price: $16.00
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Asin: 0743241053
Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
Publisher: Kaplan
Sales Rank: 819169
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Minimize Your Study Time.
Maximize Your Score.

Postponed studying for the ACT? No problem -- Kaplan's got you covered with The Procrastinator's Guide to the ACT, 2005 Edition. Instead of cramming, use this guide to target your review with a simple, step-by-step approach. You will concentrate on strategies to help you score more points in each section and learn how to avoid making costly mistakes. You'll score higher on the ACT -- Guaranteed.

This concise approach offers:

· Full-length practice test with detailed answer explanations

· An overview of the four ACT subject tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning

· Proven score-raising strategies for each question type

· Kaplan's approach to writing a high-scoring essay

· Last-minute tips and stress management advice ... Read more

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