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Product Details

  • Series: College Test Preparation (Book 2008)
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review (December 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375766340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375766343
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The practice tests in the book are not like the real thing.
Rajiv Raju
I also recommend this resource to any tutor or parent that is looking to help a student prep for the ACT exam.
BostonEd
Because of that ONE bad score, I couldn't get the score that I wanted to achieve.
Krishna Kumar

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Krishna Kumar on April 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book and was reading through it and thought it was amazing! My first practice test wasn't so great but on my second one I saw a LOT of improvement...I took the ACT this saturday (APRIL 12).

It was terrible.

The practice tests in the book were not that close in comparison with the ACTUAL test. I mean, the very first question of the REAL ACT wasn't even mentioned in the book! The ACTUAL test seemed a LOT harder than the two tests offered in this book.

I have already taken one ACT test and I know it would be REALLY helpful if I could place the score I received after using this book on this review...so the minute I get it, I will update this and tell you how big of a difference this book made in comparison to the last time I took the test. (((it could be a positive or negative one...)))

****edited as of APRIL 23, 2008****
I just checked my score online...I got the EXACT same score as the last time I took the ACT. My Mathematics and English scores shot up extremely high and my Science score stayed the same....my Reading score was terrible. It dropped by 5 points after reading this book. Because of that ONE bad score, I couldn't get the score that I wanted to achieve. I tried the technique that the book talked about--obviously it didn't work.

What it basically says is to look at the questions first, underline all the key terms and then SKIM through the passages and underline those key terms you underlined in the questions. One major problem is that you have to remember about 8+ key terms for each passage and looking through the WHOLE passage for more than 8 terms at ONCE is challenging and it is quite possible that you could miss a few. I ended up just reading the whole passage anyway-looking for those key terms.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ronald D. Pemberton on April 14, 2008
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This is one of the three top books on the market for ACT prep. Reading the reviews of all other books - I recognized this to be true.

You need to pay attention to which edition of study books to buy - So this review is based on the above second edition. Before buying; always check to see if there is a more recent edition.

This edition corrected some errors contained in the previous. And it is up-to-date with the most recent ACT standards.

As to the book itself - My sixteen year old son, Cameron, said that the book was most helpful in containing several practice test. It is laid out well; reads well; and covers the basics well.

This is the book you get for its extra tests and general review qualities.

Also get the "Real ACT" 2nd Edition The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Official Prep Guide From The Makers Of The ACT (Real Act Prep Guide). Quality practice and review material. It too has practice tests for getting the feel and finding your weak spots to focus on.

Also get the "ACT for Dummies" from the Dummies Series ACT! by Sage For Dummies ACT! 2007 For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)). Get the most recent edition which might be a year or two old. But the test taking pointers are invaluable enough to be slightly future-proofed.

Other than that, these three books will be the perfect kit for anyone prepping for the test.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on April 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
Cracking the ACT, 2008 Edition (College Test Prep)

The sample tests do not mirror the actual ACT. Unpleasant surprize at April 12th exam.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bmwtdc on April 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Although this book does a decent job teaching you strategies for all of the sections on the ACT, when you go to take the practice tests in the back, there's many typos. On the english section for example, they underline the wrong portions of the text, so you wind up wasting more time trying to figure out where the book wants you to refer to than actually taking the test. Overall, for me at least, this book was a disappointment because I was relying on a well-known company to give me decent tests, not drafts of tests in which editing and proofreading are necessary.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jiahui Shi on July 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
When i got this book i thought it was going to help me a lot when i took the ACT in april, it didn't. when i actually took the test that april morning many of the question were VERY different from the ones given in the "practice tests" in the book. The ironic part is that in the beginning of this book the author says (I'm paraphrasing here) "You can trust us, our "practice tests" are heavily based on the real thing unlike other review books" Looks like they should have taken their own advice

I would highly suggest other review books.
The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Official Prep Guide From The Makers Of The ACT (Real Act Prep Guide) Is a great book for practice tests, but the review material is few and far between, and it just got updated in 2008
Kaplan ACT 2008 Comprehensive Program (Kaplan Act) or Kaplan ACT 2008 Premier Program (w/ CD-ROM) (Kaplan Act (Book & CD-Rom)) This is a great book for review and their practice tests are quite good(compared to the "practice tests" in this book anything that actually resembles the real thing is at least half decent)

i've tried both of these alternatives and i did really well on the June ACT (not to brag but i got a 28 composite score which is 93 percentile :) )
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