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ACT For Dummies, 6th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-91156-3
528 pages
March 2015
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The fast and easy way to score higher on the ACT

Does the thought of preparing for the ACT give you anxiety? Fear not! This new edition of ACT For Dummies gives you a competitive edge by fully preparing you for the ACT exam with subject reviews, practice opportunities, three full-length practice tests and coverage of the optional writing test. Written in the accessible and friendly For Dummies tone, this hands-on guide helps you assess where you need more study help, gets you up-to-speed on the questions you can expect to encounter on the actual ACT exam, and will have you practicing your way to test-taking perfection before exam day.

The ACT is a standardized test used by college admissions boards to measure high school achievement. Designed to gauge a high school student's preparedness for college in the fields of English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning, the ACT is a nationally recognized college entrance exam that is accepted by more than 90% of four-year colleges and universities in the United States. If you're a high school student preparing for this all-important exam, ACT For Dummies, 6th edition gives you everything you need to raise your chances of scoring higher. So what are you waiting for? Sharpen a pencil and get started!

  • Tips to maximize your score on the ACT
  • Strategies to stay focused on test day and manage your time wisely
  • To take your skills to the next level with practice problems and exercises.
  • How you measure up, with 3 full length practice tests

Whether you're preparing for the ACT for the time or are retaking the exam to improve your score, ACT For Dummies, 6th edition gives you everything you need to score higher.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Coming to Terms with Reality: An Overview of the ACT 7

Chapter 1: Getting Your ACT Together: ACT 101 9

Chapter 2: Succeeding on the ACT 15

Chapter 3: Surviving the College Admissions Process 19

Part II: Serving Your "Sentence": The English Test 25

Chapter 4: Mastering the English Test 27

Chapter 5: Getting a Grip on Grammar and Usage 33

Chapter 6: Spotting Usage Errors and Ripping Through Rhetorical Questions 43

Chapter 7: It's Not What You Say but How You Say It: English Practice Questions 59

Part III: Don't Count Yourself Out: The Math Test 65

Chapter 8: Number Nuts and Bolts 67

Chapter 9: More Figures than a Beauty Pageant: Geometry and Trig Review 87

Chapter 10: Algebra and Other Sleeping Aids 115

Chapter 11: Numb and Number: Acing the Mathematics Test 135

Chapter 12: More Fun than a Root Canal: Mathematics Practice Questions 145

Part IV: Time to Read the Riot ACT: The Reading Test 153

Chapter 13: This, Too, Shall Pass(age): Sailing through the Reading Test 155

Chapter 14: Where Are CliffsNotes When You Need Them? Reading Practice Questions 165

Part V: Studying Brain Defects in Laboratory Rats: The Science Test 173

Chapter 15: From Frankenstein to Einstein: Excelling on the Science Test 175

Chapter 16: Faking Atomic Ache Won’t Get You Out of This: Science Practice Questions 187

Part VI: Writing Rightly: The Optional Writing Test 195

Chapter 17: What to Expect from the ACT Writing Test 197

Chapter 18: Excelling on Your Essay: The Writing Test Review 207

Chapter 19: Practicing Promptly with Practice Prompts: Essay Practice Questions 217

Part VII: Putting It All Together with Three Full-Length Practice ACTs 221

Chapter 20: Practice Exam 1 223

Chapter 21: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations 269

Chapter 22: Practice Exam 2 309

Chapter 23: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations 353

Chapter 24: Practice Exam 3 395

Chapter 25: Practice Exam 3: Answers and Explanations 441

Part VIII: The Part of Tens 489

Chapter 26: Ten Wrong Rumors about the ACT 491

Chapter 27: Attention, Parents! Ten Ways You Can Help Your Student Succeed on the ACT 495

Index 497

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Author Information

Lisa Zimmer Hatch, MA, and Scott A. Hatch, JD, have been helping students excel on standardized tests and navigate the college admissions process since 1987. They have written curricula and taught students internationally through live lectures, online forums, DVDs, and independent study, and have authored numerous test-prep texts.

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