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Overview

CliffsQuickReview course guides cover the essentials of your toughest classes. Get a firm grip on core concepts and key material, and test your newfound knowledge with review questions.

When you need a logical, easy-to-grasp guide to prepare for your important college-entrance exam, CliffsQuickReview ACT can help. This guide shows you exactly what to expect from the exam with explanations of every question type, tested and proven strategies, and a practice exam complete with explanations for every answer.

CliffsQuickReview ACT gives you access to the experience and insights of leading experts in the field of test preparation. Take advantage of their expertise by following this six-step approach:

  • Be aware. Know as much as you possibly can about the exam before you walk in. This CliffsQuickReview gives you this important information in a clear and easy-to-understand way.
  • Set a goal. Call some of the schools you're interested in and see what score you need to be accepted there. This guide includes charts to help you set your goal.
  • Know the basic skills. This CliffsQuickReview will help you focus on which skills to review and will help you review those skills with practice questions and easy-to-follow, complete explanations.
  • Understand the question types. This CliffsQuickReview carefully analyzes each type of question so that you'll understand how to focus on what is being asked.
  • Learn strategies. This guide emphasizes strategies and techniques for answering each type of question and includes samples that show you what to look for and how to apply each strategy.
  • Practice. This CliffsQuickReview includes a pracice exam with answers, complete explanations, and analysis charts to help you spot your strengths and weaknesses.

With titles available for all the most popular high school and college courses, CliffsQuickReview guides are a comprehensive resource that can help you get the best possible grades.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764585333
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: Cliffs Quick Review Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Bobrow, PhD, is an award-winning teacher and educator. He is a national authority in the field of test preparation. As executive directory of Bobrow Test Preparation Services, Dr. Bobrow has been administering the test preparation programs for most California State Universities for the past 27 years. Dr. Bobrow has authored more than 30 national best-selling test preparation books including Cliffs Preparation Guides for the GRE, GMAT, MSAT, SAT I, CBEST, NTE, ACT, and PPST. Each year he personally lectures to thousands of students on preparing for these important exams.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Common Format of the Act 3
Questions Commonly Asked About the Act 7
Taking the Act Assessment 11
Key Strategies for a Positive Approach to the Exam 11
Set a goal 11
Review basic skills necessary 13
Know the directions 14
Look for winners 14
Don't get stuck 14
Eliminate 16
If you don't know the answer, guess 16
Don't misread 17
Use a multiple-multiple-choice technique 18
Practice, practice, practice 19
Erase extra marks on your answer sheet 19
The Basics, the Questions, and the Key Strategies for the Act Test Sections
The Basics of the English Test 23
The Skills You'll Use 23
Your English Test Score 23
The Directions 23
The English Test Questions and Key Strategies 25
The Types of English Test Questions 25
General Strategies for Any English Test Question 26
The Types of Usage and Mechanics Questions 27
Samples and Key Strategies for the Usage and Mechanics Questions 28
Know the common punctuation errors 29
Understand standard grammar and usage 31
Note the sentence structure 32
The Types of Rhetorical Skills Questions 34
Samples and Key Strategies for the Rhetorical Skills Questions 35
Pay special attention to the relationship of language to audience, strategy, and purpose 35
Notice how well the paragraph or essay is organized 37
Watch for precise, appropriate use of language 40
The Basics of the Mathematics Test 43
The Skills You'll Use 43
Your Mathematics Test Score 43
The Level of Difficulty 44
Using Your Calculator 44
The Directions 46
The Mathematics Test Questions and Key Strategies 47
The Types of Mathematics Questions 47
Samples and Key Strategies for the Mathematics Questions 48
Underline or circle what you're looking for 49
Simplify the problem 50
Work forward 51
Work backward, from the answers 52
Plug in simple numbers 53
Pull out information 54
Mark in, or fill in, the diagram 56
If no diagram is given, draw one 57
Use 10 or 100 58
Approximate 59
Glance at the choices on procedure problems 60
Be reasonable 61
The Basics of the Reading Test 63
The Skills You'll Use 63
Your Reading Test Score 63
The Directions 64
The Reading Test Passages, Questions, and Key Strategies 65
The Types of Reading Passages 65
The Types of Reading Questions 66
Sample Passages, Questions, and Key Strategies for the Reading Questions 67
Read the passage actively 67
Preread a few questions 70
Read the passage looking for its main point and structure 74
Make sure that your answer is supported by the passage 75
Note the purpose or tone 76
Make sure that the answer you select "answers the question" 77
Take advantage of the line numbers 78
Read all the choices 79
Use an elimination strategy 80
Three Final Strategies 81
Skip a difficult passage 81
Skim the passage 81
Potshot questions 81
The Basics of the Science Reasoning Test 83
The Skills You'll Use 83
Your Science Reasoning Test Score 83
The Directions 83
The Science Reasoning Test Passages, Questions, and Key Strategies 85
The Types of Science Reasoning Passages 85
The Science Categories 86
General Strategies for Any Science Reasoning Test Question 87
Sample Passages, Questions, and Key Strategies for Data Representation Questions 88
Focus on understanding what information is given 90
Don't memorize the information 91
Perform basic calculations 92
Reason from the information given 93
Look for obvious large changes 94
Work with the information given 94
Draw conclusions, form hypotheses, and make predictions 95
Sample Passages, Questions, and Key Strategies for Research Summary Questions 96
Focus on the purpose of the study or experiments, their differences, similarities, and outcomes 99
Consider possible hypotheses or generalizations 100
Watch for the methods used and the design 101
Notice what may be suggested by the evidence or outcome 102
Understand how the data are displayed 103
Reason from the information and draw conclusions 104
Sample Passages, Questions, and Key Strategies for Conflicting Viewpoints Questions 105
Understand the topic and basic premise of each viewpoint 107
Identify the reasoning involved 108
Be aware of what might strengthen or weaken a viewpoint 109
Analyze the specifics of each viewpoint and the argument supporting it 110
Mark the differences and similarities 111
Look for what might be suggested or implied by an argument 111
Reason from new information 112
Practice Test
Answer Sheet for the Practice Test 115
English Test 119
Mathematics Test 155
Reading Test 181
Science Reasoning Test 203
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