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Barron's ACT 36, 2nd Edition: Aiming for the Perfect Score Paperback – February 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0764147050 ISBN-10: 0764147056 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Barron's Act 36
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764147056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764147050
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This ACT preparation book helped me a lot.
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Her overall composite score was 89% in the nation with a scale composite score of 27.
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I hope this was helpful, good luck with your test!!!! :)
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176 of 177 people found the following review helpful By Canslim2Trade on March 1, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am a parent of a son who attempted to improve the score and he acheived it. The reason for my review, I went through the pain of finding out what is the best book to coach. So we purchased different(used) books, each one has its own strength and weakness. His score improved from 28 to 33. So I asked him to rank the books which he would recommend for others -

1) Real ACT
2) Barron's ACT 36 and the other ACT books of Barron's
3) Princeton
4) For practice he used Mcgraw-Hill - 10 exams
5) Used online websites in local library to try the practice exam. My local town lib provided two real exams. He felt it was a good one.

Bottom line, I coached him and didnt send to any other coaching centers. I asked him to review the concepts in each book then practice. The drill was each weekend for last 3 months. One full test over the weekend including writing. We tracked the practice test score consistently and observed the pattern. Except for Math and Science his exam score was same as practice(35). So the Math and Science questions in these books could be easier than the real exam; he scored lower than the practice test. Few days before the exam, we went through all his mistakes on all subjects. For Math, I reviewed the concepts along with him as mistakes were reviwed. We both spent time to review Geometry, Trignomentry and math formulas/concept. A day before the exam I asked him to review ACT 36 book tips and quick bite of the information. He felt it was a good recap. He is junior in high school and I asked him to try one more time to improve 1 or 2 points or shoot for perfect score as he got the grip of it. Let us see. Practice, Practice...then review the mistakes slowly to strengthen the skills. That's all.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Standardized Test Tester on July 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book was...OK.
The practice sections are the highlights of this book. The practices they offer are a lot harder than most others, and if you do well with the practices in this book, the other prep books will seem really easy. However, there is something about this book that should be noticed: this book does NOT actually teach anything. For example, in the Math-Geometry section, it says: "...you will use properties of isosceles triangles to find area and perimeter of regular polygons...triangle sum and the reflexive property are key to keep in mind when solving these problems." But nowhere do they tell you what the properties of isosceles triangles are, or what the triangle sums are, or what the reflexive property is...
In general, buy this book to only practice the hard ACT questions. You will not gain very much if you do not already know the material tested.
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75 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Sharing Opinion on August 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am currently and senior in high school and made the terrible mistake of not planning my standardized test schedule earlier. But no regrets, I took the ACT in once at the end of my junior year and got a 31. I'll admit it, I'm and over achiever and 95% percentile doesn't quite cut it for me. So I decided to prep for my standardized tests during the summer. I bought many books, Barron's ACT, The real prep guide, the princeton review guide, barron's act reading and english, barron's math and science, Kaplan reading, writing, english, and Kaplan ACT Math, yeah I know i'm crazy, and read them all, I also bought this book at the same time. Now it is less than a month before my ACT and I have finally opened this book and have gotten 34 pages into it and I have already regretted buying the other books. This is the ONLY book you need for the ACT, well this and the McGraw Hill's 10 ACT practice tests, and the Real Prep guide for the real tests, but this book is awesome!!! It gives you easy strategies that you can remember and none of the pace yourself and be careful stuff. It's straight to the point, I got a 30 the English section, and after just going thru half of the grammar stuff and taking a practice tests I have already raised the score to a 33-34 range, granted the fact that I still have to take the test, but if you are hesitating about this book, DON'T! Just buy it! It will be the best decision you will ever make!
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By adam on May 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
So I am a sophomore and purchased this book to prepare for the April ACT. I took the ACT once at the beginning of my freshman year and got a 29, but I really wanted to get a good score so I didn't have to worry about the ACT anymore. This book was really helpful, especially in conjunction with the official ACT prep book. I used the skills I learned in this book, then practiced them in the practice tests from the official ACT book. I especially liked the English section; I thought it did a great job preparing you and letting you know what to expect and how to avoid stupid mistakes. The math and reading sections were also beneficial. The only part I did not like was the science section, but overall it was super helpful - I raised my score 5 points to a 34!! (35 English / 31 Math (haven't taken trig or precalc yet though so this isn't my 100% best because I don't know logs, etc yet) / 33 Reading / 36 Science). GET THIS BOOK IT IS AWESOME!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alexa paoluk on April 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved the book, it has a good pep talk in the beginning; however, I found it going over the same topics covered in the free online sparknotes ACT prep. I still recommend the book.
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