ACT For Dummies

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The quick and painless way to maximize your score on the ACT

Are you one of the millions of students taking the ACT? Have no fear! This friendly guide gives you the competitive edge by fully preparing you for every section of the ACT, including the optional writing test. You get three complete practice tests plus sample questions?all updated?along with proven test-taking strategies to improve your score on the ACT.

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Overview

The quick and painless way to maximize your score on the ACT

Are you one of the millions of students taking the ACT? Have no fear! This friendly guide gives you the competitive edge by fully preparing you for every section of the ACT, including the optional writing test. You get three complete practice tests plus sample questions—all updated—along with proven test-taking strategies to improve your score on the ACT.

ACT For Dummies is packed with comprehensive review chapters for all four sections of the exam, including English, math, reading, and writing. It offers updated ACT study tips and practice materials that model the most recent ACT test. With the practical and friendly help provided here, you'll become comfortable with the content and format of the test.

  • Three practice tests, complete with detailed explanations and walk-throughs
  • Tips to stay focused on test day
  • Advice to manage your time wisely
  • How to make smart guesses and spot test traps and tricks

Whether you're preparing to take the ACT for the first time or are retaking the test to improve your score, ACT For Dummies gives you the skills and confidence to succeed!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118012598
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 243,068
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Zimmer Hatch, MA and Scott A. Hatch, JD have been preparing individuals to excel on standardized tests, gain admission to college, and secure careers since 1987. For nearly 30 years, they have provided their award-winning standardized test preparation throughout the world.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Coming to Terms with Reality: An Overview of the ACT 9

Chapter 1: Getting Your ACT Together: ACT 101 11

Chapter 2: Succeeding on the ACT 17

Chapter 3: Surviving the College Admissions Process 21

Part II: Serving Your "Sentence": The English Test 27

Chapter 4: Getting a Grip on Grammar 29

Chapter 5: Mastering the English Test 43

Chapter 6: It's Not What You Say but How You Say It: English Practice Questions 49

Part III: Don't Count Yourself Out: The Math Test 55

Chapter 7: Number Nuts and Bolts 57

Chapter 8: More Figures than a Beauty Pageant: Geometry Review 71

Chapter 9: Algebra and Other Sleeping Aids 97

Chapter 10: Making Sense of Math Word Problems 117

Chapter 11: Numb and Number: Acing the Mathematics Test 129

Chapter 12: More Fun than a Root Canal: Mathematics Practice Questions 135

Part IV: Time to Read the Riot ACT: The Reading Test 143

Chapter 13: This, Too, Shall Pass(age): Sailing through the Reading Test 145

Chapter 14: Where Are CliffsNotes When You Need Them? Reading Practice Questions 153

Part V: Studying Brain Defects in Laboratory Rats: The Science Test 159

Chapter 15: From Frankenstein to Einstein: Excelling on the Science Test 161

Chapter 16: Faking Atomic Ache Won’t Get You Out of This: Science Practice Questions 171

Part VI: Writing Rightly: The Optional Writing Test 181

Chapter 17: What to Expect from the ACT Writing Test 183

Chapter 18: Excelling on Your Essay: The Writing Test Review 193

Chapter 19: Practicing Promptly with Practice Prompts: Essay Practice Questions 203

Part VII: Putting It All Together with Three Full-Length Practice ACTs 207

Chapter 20: Practice Exam 1 209

Chapter 21: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations 257

Chapter 22: Practice Exam 2 299

Chapter 23: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations 345

Chapter 24: Practice Exam 3 387

Chapter 25: Practice Exam 3: Answers and Explanations 437

Part VIII: The Part of Tens 479

Chapter 26: Ten Wrong Rumors about the ACT 481

Chapter 27: Attention, Parents! Ten Ways You Can Help Your Student Succeed on the ACT 485

Index 487

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