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.
About the Author
Suzee Vlk has taught test preparation for more than 25 years. She is the author of more than 10 test preparation guides in the For Dummies series.
Table of Contents
Part I: Coming to Terms with Reality: An Overview of the ACT.
Chapter 1: Getting Your ACT Together: The Format 9
Chapter 2: Succeeding on the ACT.
Chapter 3: Reading the Admissions Committee’s Mind: What Colleges Want.
Part II: Serving Your “Sentence”: English Review and Test.
Chapter 4: Glamour Grammar: The Five-Star Review.
Chapter 5: Misspellers of the World, Untie! Mastering the English Test.
Chapter 6: It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It: English Practice Questions.
Part III: Don’t Count Yourself Out: The Math Review and Mini-Test.
Chapter 7: Ogling More Figures than a Beauty Pageant Judge: Geometry Review.
Chapter 8: Catching Some (Xs, Ys, and) Zs: Algebra and Other Sleeping Aids.
Chapter 9: Reviewing Miscellaneous Math You Probably Already Know.
Chapter 10: Numb and Number: Acing the Mathematics Test.
Chapter 11: More Fun Than a Root Canal: Mathematics Practice Questions.
Part IV: Time to Read the Riot ACT: The Reading Test.
Chapter 12: This, Too, Shall Pass(age): Sailing through the Reading Test.
Chapter 13: Where Are CliffsNotes When You Need Them? Reading Practice Questions.
Part V: Proven to Cause Brain Defects in Laboratory Rats: The Science Reasoning Test.
Chapter 14: Frankenstein to Einstein: Excelling on the Science Reasoning Test.
Chapter 15: Faking Atomic Ache Won’t Get You Out of This: Science Practice Questions.
Part VI: I’d Rather Wait for the Movie: Full-Length Practice ACTs.
Chapter 16: How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Day, Part I: Practice Exam 1.
Chapter 17: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations.
Chapter 18: How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Day, Part II: Practice Exam 2.
Chapter 19: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Wrong Rumors about the ACT.
Chapter 21: Ten Differences between the ACT and SAT.
Chapter 22: Ten True Stories about the ACT.