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ISBN-13: 978-0804124386 ISBN-10: 0804124388 Edition: Csm

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Product Details

  • Series: College Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; Csm edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804124388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804124386
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I believe to have it work well, you should do what they suggest.
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The book explains everything in very good way, and surprisingly it's not very boring.
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who is preparing for the ACT.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Vince Kotchian on December 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
I'm a full-time test-prep tutor, and I've studied at least 12 real ACT tests with students of mine. This book is a good overall guide to the ACT. However, students who want to be really high scorers (above 90th percentile) will need more. If I could give this 3.5 stars, I would.

Helpful things:

- solid global strategies for things like time management
- most strategies for specific parts of the test work
- it's user-friendly (what use is a book if students can't or won't read it?)
- the book's test questions are a decent representation of the real test

Unhelpful things:

- there is oversimplification of certain concepts, which sometimes obscures the rigor needed for mastery
- the book says the ACT "merely tests your ability to take the ACT". This is pandering to people who don't like standardized tests, AND it's a dangerous misconception. If you don't believe the ACT tests a whole range of foundational abilities in things like reading ability, critical reasoning, math, etc., then you're probably less inclined to work on those skills - and you should be.
- the statement that "every other part of your application counts more than your test scores? More pandering - and again, if you believe that one, you might not work on the ACT as hard as you should.

If you just buy one ACT book, this is a solid choice. Keep in mind, you also need the Real ACT Prep Guide (published by ACT), since it has real ACT tests, which differ significantly from The Princeton Review's tests. Together, these two books will give you a foundation that can then be built upon with more specific instruction.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Keefer TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2014
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 the Princeton Review ACT 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt on November 1, 2014
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The strategies covered in this book are mostly common sense. Do the easy questions first. Most of the book is riddled with grammatical errors and typos. Page 237 literally reads "HOW TO CRACKING THE READING TEST" which I found humorous. This wasn't their way of being witty or funny; it's a typo.

Some of the questions have answers which the ACT would consider incorrect based solely on logic. The explanations and evidence given for why answer choices are either correct or incorrect is sparse and seems like the person writing the book didn't care to educate, but rather rushed to turn out content.

Be wary of any book whose mission statement directly conflicts with the latest in learning behavioral research. Just buy a book of practice tests and actually do them within the time-frames given. The more you do, the better you'll get. Of course, for this to be effective, you'll have to really dig into why your incorrect answers are so; not just ignore them.
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I purchased this for my son while he was preparing for the ACT test. He said the book was a great help to him as well as the tests it provided. The test taking tips were an invaluable source. He read the book from cover to cover and every chapter provided helpful facts and problem solving strategies. I am grateful we found 'Cracking the ACT as he did well on the testing and received a partial scholarship for the four year degree he will work towards. He had taken two other practice tests prior to reading this book and his score improved by several points.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is preparing for the ACT. We purchased two different books to aid in studying and this was by far the best one. You will not be sorry.
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