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Cracking the ACT, 2007 Edition (College Test Preparation) Paperback – January 16, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0375765858 ISBN-10: 0375765859

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Product Details

  • Series: College Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review (January 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375765859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375765858
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the ACT is very different from getting straight A?s in school. We don?t try to teach you everything there is to know about math, reading, science, and English?only the techniques you?ll need to score higher on the exam. There?s a big difference. In Cracking the ACT, we?ll teach you how to think like the test writers and

-Use Process of Elimination to eliminate answer choices that look right but are
planted to fool you
-Ace the English test by learning how to spot sentence structure, grammar, and
punctuation errors quickly
-Crack algebra problems by Plugging In numbers in place of letters
-Score higher on reading comprehension by learning to zero in on main ideas, topic
sentences, and key words
-Solve science reasoning problems by scanning the passage for critical words

This book includes one full-length practice ACT exam and The Princeton Review Assessment Exam, a full-length diagnostic exam that will predict your scores on both the ACT and the SAT. All of our test questions are like the ones you will find on the actual ACT exam, and we include detailed explanations for every answer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

The Princeton Review is the fastest growing test-preparation company in the country, with over 60 franchise offices in the nation. Each year, we help more than 2 million students prepare for college, grad school, professional licensing exams, and successful careers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

My son was very confident going to take the test after preparing with this book.
Brian B.
The ACT for Dummies was pretty good about giving some hard material that you need to know.
Jarrod C. Turner
Regarding the writing test, there are sample prompts on the writing section for practice.
L. M. Keefer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

81 of 86 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Keefer TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for ACT prep materials, Princeton Review materials are excellent. I enrolled in the instructors' course for the Princeton Review SAT and found their test prep approach clear and digestible. I have taught SAT prep at a prep school here in Connecticut, worked for a private tutoring company, and tutor students in both SAT and ACT prep. Friends and neighbors have asked if I would tutor their teens for the ACT, so I purchased this book to teach the non-math sections. The explanations in Princeton Review test prep books are field tested with actual students. Princeton Review explains clearly how to think about the tests and the test questions.

What is helpful for students and parents to understand about the reading tests on the ACT is that on tests given in school teachers want to provide quality answers. Teachers are testing to determine that students studied the material. Students just have to identify the right answer--it's more a test of did you learn the material?

The reading tests on the ACT are open book tests. The tests ask a question and the answer is right in front of you so they have to make it difficult to identify the answer. Because the reading tests on the ACT Test do not rely on your memory or knowledge base, they give you lousy answers, deceptive answers--sometimes you have to choose among the least worst answer. So, it takes strategy and knowing HOW the test company scrambles the answers in four different ways (distortion, switch, extreme answers and the "nice" answer) to lure students into the wrong answer. Once you know the ways they construct answers (there are only so many ways to do this), it is easier to spot the right answer.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jarrod C. Turner on February 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Having had to retake the ACT after 18 years, needless to say I needed help. Bought three books: Cracking the ACT Princeton 2003 edition, The ACT for Dummies, and The Real ACT Prep Guide. Went through all of these books. The one that worked best for me was Cracking. It gave practical advise on how to improve my scores. Tactics were what it was all about. Although knowing math equations may be needed by some people in the future, for me it was getting a higher score. This book did the trick. The other two books helped as well. Ranked in order of importance: 1. Cracking 2. ACT for Dummies 3. The Real ACT. The last one has three practice tests. So if you want to practice taking the test I recommend it. DO NOT READ THE PREP PART OF THIS BOOK!!! It is not a helpful study guide. The ACT for Dummies was pretty good about giving some hard material that you need to know. But I preferred to use the tactics provided by Cracking.

All in all, if you are going to buy one book to prepare for the ACT, get this one. But you have to know your own mind and how it works. Did not use some of the suggestions put forth by this book (especially in the science area). For me I needed to read the science passages to understand how to answer the questions (scored 27 on this section).

Outcome: Scored a 20 cumulative when I was 17. Scored a 26 cumulative at age 35.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By F. Sayed-Ahmad on July 13, 2006
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The Practice tests are a little bit harder than the real ACT tests. The review material is very helpful, in-depth, and easy-to-understand. This book improved my score by 6 points. DONT buy this version with the CD because the software is horrible and the images on the practice tests are distorted.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian B. on March 1, 2007
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My son loved this book and he is not easy to impress. We bought the book written by the company that writes and adminsiters the ACT and it did not help. This book gives you a game plan on how to take the test and if you get stuck or have problems, how to still answer the questions and maybe score a few more points. My son was very confident going to take the test after preparing with this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By libellusgirl on June 25, 2007
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I began studying for this test only one week before (I know, I know). I managed to page through most of the book and take the practise tests (which by the way were more difficult than the actual test), scoring 28s and 29s (with low scores of 20).

However, come test day I convinced myself that I could do better. Afterwards, I felt that I performed about the same as when I took the practises. A few weeks later, my result was a score of 32! (English: 35, Math: 30, Reading: 32, Science: 29)

What helped me the most was PR's advice on approaching the science section. When I took their practise tests I was scoring 23s and 20s in the science section, and it was significantly decreasing my composite score. Therefore, with the help of their science section techniques I received a score of 29(!) on the June ACT.

I would use this book again if I were to retake the test.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard Corn on July 8, 2010
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I am a private math tutor and author of Math Study Guide for the SAT, ACT and SAT Subject Tests: 2012 Edition. I sometimes use the practice tests in this book as a warm up for students and then follow it with the official practice tests found in The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Guide to Include 3Real ACT Tests. However I found two errors in the math tests in this book:

pg 445 problem 39. The answer is C, not H.

pg 453 problem 58. The answer is -12/5. This does not match any of the answer choices.
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