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Increase Your Score in 3 Minutes a Day: ACT Essay [Paperback]

Randall McCutcheon , James Schaffer
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Book Description

June 14, 2005 007145666X 978-0071456661 CANADN

Accessible, concise guides for quicker, more effective studying

These new additions to the Increase Your Score series present key principles and practical strategies for the ACT Writing Test (new for 2005) and the ACT Reading Test, explained in manageable, bite-size sections ideal for the panicked student. Combining humor with academic authority, these succinct guides:

  • Feature essential strategies for effective essay writing or tackling reading comprehension passages under the pressure of time
  • Provide sample essays or reading passages and questions, accompanied by helpful annotated comments and examiner marks
  • Are ideal for students who procrastinate or who can study only in short doses
  • Include cartoons (Zits, Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes) to reinforce the light, student-friendly tone

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From the Back Cover

Master Essay Writing for the ACT—FAST!

If ACT savvy is what you seek, this book is the resource you need. Learn the secrets, shortcuts, and strategies to succeed--with only minutes of effort a day.

Lively and straight to the point, this study aid to the ACT Essay section, new for 2005, presents key principles and practical strategies that promote effective essay writing, practical test strategies that are lifesavers when you're under time restraints, and sample essays with insightful commentary on how to construct a high-scoring piece.

  • Features essential strategies for effective essay writing
  • Provides sample essays with annotated comments and examiner marks
  • Contains bite-sized sections ideal for students who study in short doses

About the Author

Randall McCutcheon is a high school educator nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for innovation in curriculum, with experience teaching English, speech, debate, and journalism. Jim Schaffer, a finalist for the Teacher-in-Space program, is chair of the English Department at Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he teaches English and journalism.


Product Details

  • Series: Increase Your Score
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; CANADN edition (June 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007145666X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071456661
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Save Hundreds By Reading This Book July 8, 2005
Format:Paperback
I paid more than $800 to attend a Kaplan course to prepare for the ACT and SAT and I came out of it feeling like I had wasted my money. For any sane student who has more to do than flip through thousands of pages of nonsense this is the book for you. At first I felt that preparing for the ACT would be more difficult, but if you follow what the authors tell you, you will see almost immediate progress. For a money conscious person like me, I especially enjoy the multiple applications of this book, which means that it won't be sitting on the shelf after I get into college. I will definately use this book to help me in my writing in the future. A reasonable study program that won't bore you to death, What more can anyone ask?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars definitely fishy reviews May 1, 2009
Format:Paperback
After reading the fishy reviews post, I checked it out myself and that review was valid - the positive reviews were all from people who did not review any other author's work. Furthermore, most of them were posted on the same day or the next day - definitely suspicious - probably posted by authors friends.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fishy reviews November 4, 2007
Format:Paperback
I noticed all of these 5 star rave reviewers have ONLY reviewed this author's books. It seems as if he got his friends to do these reviews...be skeptical.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy! August 1, 2005
Format:Paperback
This prep book not only prepared me for the ACT but kept me entertained and involved while studying. The annotated essays that other students wrote really helped me focus in on my own writing and realize what I needed to change. Thanks to this book I scored high on the ACT and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to do well on the test.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart learning September 20, 2009
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This prep book actually has cartoons that are funny. And the authors are pretty amusing considering the subject matter. But the good news is that the content has the potential to help you score higher on the writing section. The tips made me think about different ways to approach the writing prompts. As they say, you have to be unafraid to "Take the Shot." No mooncalfing. No lollydolling. Save that for your sweetheart. Buy this book now.
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