ACT For Dummies, with CD

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Sharpen your ACT test-taking skills with this updated and expanded premier guide premier guide with online links to BONUS tests and study aids

Are you struggling while studying for the ACT? ACT For Dummies, Premier Edition is a hands-on, friendly guide that offers easy-to-follow advice to give you a competitive edge by fully preparing you for every section of the ACT, including the writing test. You'll be coached on ways to tackle the toughest questions and how to stay focused ...

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Overview

Sharpen your ACT test-taking skills with this updated and expanded premier guide premier guide with online links to BONUS tests and study aids

Are you struggling while studying for the ACT? ACT For Dummies, Premier Edition is a hands-on, friendly guide that offers easy-to-follow advice to give you a competitive edge by fully preparing you for every section of the ACT, including the writing test. You'll be coached on ways to tackle the toughest questions and how to stay focused and manage the time available for each section. This test guide includes three tests in the book plus two more and 50 interactive math formula flashcards that can be accessed online. ACT For Dummies, Premier Edition with CD, gives you the skills you need to get your best possible score!

  • Get a grip on grammar — prepare yourself for the English portion of the ACT and get a refresher on the grammar rules you once knew but may have forgotten
  • You can count on it — discover time-tested strategies for scoring high on the math portion — from basic math and geometry to algebra and those pesky word problems — and formulate a strategy to memorize lengthy formulas with 50 flashcards online
  • Read all about it — save time and brain cells with helpful tips on how to get through the reading passages — and still have enough time to answer the questions
  • Blinded by science? — learn to analyze the various science passages and graphs and get proven techniques on how to tackle each type
  • Practice makes perfect — take three practice tests in the book, plus two more on online, complete with answers and explanations

Open the book and find:

  • An overview of the exam and how it's scored
  • Tips to help you gauge your strengths and weaknesses
  • How to make the best use of your time
  • Ways to sharpen essential grammar, writing, math, and science skills
  • Practice essay questions and guidance for the optional writing test
  • Five full-length practice tests with complete answer explanations
  • Reasons not to believe common myths about the ACT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118012604
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: Premier 5th Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 312,568
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.40 (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 53

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

Appendix: About the CD 487

Index 491

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    Reasonable price and well-worth the money spent

    I purchased this book for my son so that we could get a better idea of just how comprehensive the ACT test is, and its level of difficulty, so that we could determine whether or not we should hire a private tutor. I don’t think a tutor would have been any more helpful than this book was, and would have cost me about 100 times more. I do believe the thickness of the book intimidated my son a bit, but I’ve gotten him to agree to one chapter a week and so far this has worked out pretty well. It comes with a practice CD with five complete tests inside so you can get a realistic idea of your capabilities in each of the five sections, and what areas need further review.

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