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ACT Math For Dummies

Mark Zegarelli

ISBN: 978-1-118-00154-7 June 2011 360 Pages


Multiply your chances of success on the ACT Math Test

The ACT Mathematics Test is a 60-question, 60-minute subtest designed to measure the mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken by the end of 11th grade, and is generally considered to be the most challenging section of the ACT.

ACT Math For Dummies is an approachable, easy-to-follow study guide specific to the Math section, complete with practice problems and strategies to help you prepare for exam day.

  • Review chapters for algebra, geometry, and trigonometry
  • Three practice tests modeled from questions off the most recent ACT tests
  • Packed with tips, useful information, and strategies

ACT Math For Dummies is your one-stop guide to learn, review, and practice for the test!

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting into the Act: An Overview of ACT Math Basics 5

Chapter 1: Reviewing ACT Math Basics 7

Chapter 2: Boosting Your Test-Taking Skills 17

Chapter 3: Discovering Some Problem-Solving Strategies 25

Part II: Building Your Pre-Algebra and Elementary Algebra Skills 37

Chapter 4: Starting with the Basics: Pre-Algebra 39

Chapter 5: It’s Elementary Algebra, My Dear Watson 65

Chapter 6: Practice Problems for Pre-Algebra and Elementary Algebra 85

Part III: Digging In to Intermediate Algebra and Coordinate Geometry 101

Chapter 7: Moving to Intermediate Algebra 103

Chapter 8: Coordinating a Path through Coordinate Geometry 125

Chapter 9: Practice Problems for Intermediate Algebra and Coordinate Geometry 147

Part IV: Visualizing Plane Geometry and Trigonometry 167

Chapter 10: Plain Talk about Plane Geometry 169

Chapter 11: Trig and Beyond: ACT Advanced Math Topics 193

Chapter 12: Practice Problems for Geometry, Trig, and Advanced Math 213

Part V: Tracking Your Progress with Practice Tests 233

Chapter 13: Practice Test 1 235

Chapter 14: Practice Test 1: Answers and Explanations 251

Chapter 15: Practice Test 2 267

Chapter 16: Practice Test 2: Answers and Explanations 283

Chapter 17: Practice Test 3 301

Chapter 18: Practice Test 3: Answers and Explanations 317

Part VI: The Part of Tens 331

Chapter 19: Ten Key Differences Between the ACT and the SAT 333

Chapter 20: Ten Items to Check Off before Taking the ACT 337

Index 341