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Cracking the ACT, 2012 Edition (College Test Preparation) Paperback – December 6, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0375427442 ISBN-10: 0375427449 Edition: Original
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From the Inside Flap

The Princeton Review realizes that acing the ACT is very different from getting straight As in school. The Princeton Review doesn't try to teach students everything there is to know about math, reading, and English--only the techniques they'll need to score higher on the exam. There?s a big difference. In Cracking the ACT, TPR will teach test takers how to think like the test makers and

? Use Process of Elimination to eliminate answer choices that look right but are planted to fool test takers
? 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 a full-length practice ACT exam with detailed explanations for every answer and The Princeton Review Assessment, a diagnostic exam designed to helps readers decide whether to take the ACT or the SAT. The questions on TPR's practice ACT exam are like the ones test takers will find on the real ACT.

Contents include:

I Orientation
Triage
Guessing and POE
Taking the ACT
II How to Beat the ACT English Test
Sentence Structure
Grammar and Usage
Punctuation
Rhetorical Skills
III How to Beat the ACT Math Test
Basics
Arithmetic
Algebra
Geometry
Graphing and Coordinate Geometry
Trigonometry
IV How to Beat the ACT Reading Test
Distracters
The Four-Step System
V How to Beat the ACT Science Reading Test
Data Representation
Experimental Reasoning
Alternative Viewpoints
VI The Princeton Review Assessment
How to Score the PRA
Using the PRA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Geoff Martz attended Dartmouth College and Columbia University, joining The Princeton Review in 1985 as a teacher and writer. His first book for The Princeton Review was Cracking the GMAT, published in 1989.

Ted Silver is a graduate of Yale University, the Yale School of Medicine, and the law school at the University of Connecticut. He became affiliated with The Princeton Review in 1988 as the chief architect of The Princeton Review's MCAT course. Dr. Silver's full-time profession is as Associate Professor of Law at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

Kim Magloire is a graduate of Princeton University. She joined The Princeton Review in 1984 as an SAT teacher, and has since taught The Princeton Review's SAT II. LSAT. GMAT, GRE, and MCAT programs. Magloire is currently attending graduate school at Columbia University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: College Test Preparation (Book 2012)
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; Original edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375427449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375427442
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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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