ACT Prep - Recommended Books and Materials

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The Real ACT (CD) 3rd Edition (Real Act Prep Guide)
1.  The Real ACT (CD) 3rd Edition (Real Act Prep Guide) by Inc. ACT
The list author says:
  "The answer explanations are lousy, and for some reason they bury the answer keys way in the back.

However, this book is essential because it contains the only 5 real ACT tests that you can buy at retail.  

You will most likely have to buy one of the books below as well, because the 5 tests in this book are not sufficient for a full preparation.  I recommend taking at least 8-10 tests."
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McGraw-Hill's 10 ACT Practice Tests, Third Edition
2.  McGraw-Hill's 10 ACT Practice Tests, Third Edition by Steven W. Dulan
The list author says:
  "Unfortunately, the Real ACT Prep Guide only contains 5 practice tests, and in my opinion a student must take at least 6-10 practice tests in order to be fully prepared.

I've been using this book with my ACT students for a few months now, and don't have many complaints.  There are a few typos here and there, but for the most part they are very similar to real ACT practice tests."
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McGraw-Hill's ACT, 2012 Edition
3.  McGraw-Hill's ACT, 2012 Edition by Steven W. Dulan
The list author says:
  "This book includes even more practice tests.  Note: they are not the same as the tests in the above McGraw-Hill book "10 ACT practice tests.""
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Cracking the ACT, 2011 Edition (College Test Preparation)
4.  Cracking the ACT, 2011 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
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  "The advice, as per usual in most Princeton books, is oversimplified, and the answers to some of the sample questions are too easy or obvious.  But the practice tests are helpful if you run out of the other tests.

There are 2 practice tests in this book, and a 3rd test online.  Remember that "unofficial" practice tests such as these are generally harder than the real thing."
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Kaplan ACT 2011 Premier with CD-ROM (Kaplan ACT Premier Program)
5.  Kaplan ACT 2011 Premier with CD-ROM (Kaplan ACT Premier Program) by Kaplan
The list author says:
  "The advice, as per usual in most Kaplan books, is too scattered and dense, and some of the example questions are too far-fetched.

Overall, however, the tests are decent imitations of real ACTs (but a little harder than the real thing).

There are 2 full practice ACTs in the book and 3 tests online."
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