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The Real ACT Prep Guide (The only guide to include 3 Real ACT tests) [Paperback]

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August 7, 2005 0768919754 978-0768919752 1st
There’s no better way to learn a test’s structure than from the inside—and the 1.2 million students taking the ACT need look no further than this official guide! Packed with tips, strategies, and plenty of subject review, it’s the only real guide to the ACT

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* The only ACT guide written by the test makers

* An all-new update to Getting into the ACT

* The only guide that lets students practice with 3 real ACTs

* Advice for students who want to ace the new, optional essay test

* Essential English, math, reading, and science review

* An in-depth look at the test’s format

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  • Paperback: 621 pages
  • Publisher: Thomson - Peterson's; 1st edition (August 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0768919754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0768919752
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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This guide is essential for a simple reason. It is the only one that provides authentic ACT questions. When preparing for the ACT, it is critical that you practice with test samples using true ACT questions. All the other companies (Barron's, Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc...) provide imitations of such questions. Some are criticized for being too hard, or too easy. Don't waste your time and use the real stuff.

However, you can't trust the test makers to give insightful strategies about how to handle their own test. That would be like a conflict of interest. Use this book strictly to practice the test. For strategies, you'll have to look elsewhere. Some of the best sources are from books on sale on the web by companies founded by students who have been extremely successful ACT test takers. One of these companies is Lazy Student's Way. If you want to spend less money, use the Kaplan ACT guide. It is much richer and better in terms of providing strategies than this one. Either way, you will be well armed to ace the ACT.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book along with the ACT for Dummies, and I only use this book for the practice tests. Whether you want to improve your score or just get a feel for the test, this book's 3 practice tests can't be beat. After all, they are the real ACT tests.

The answers after each test offer some explanation if you missed the question, but since this book doesn't tend to brush you up on any skills in the beginning, it won't do it in the answer, either. If you miss a hard math problem, the answer won't offer as much explanation as other books do.

If you're planning on using this book to review for the ACT a few nights before, don't bother. The information is organized as if you were taking the real test, question by question. It tells you what type of question it was, and how you should have answered it. The night before the test, I would find it more helpful to go straight to your math notebook and brush up on your geometry instead of trying to memorize types of questions.

Overall, this book really does seem like it was written by "the Makers of the ACT." Explanations and directions on how to approach a question sound like they come right out of the test its self. This can be helpful if you haven't taken the test before, but for those of us who have and simply want to improve our scores, this information is just repetetive.

In conclusion, if you want to buy this book for it's practice tests, you'll be satisfied with it. I suggest also picking up a sample practice test along with your registration packet if this is your intent. But if you want to buy this book to help you better understand sine, cosine, and tangent, and cram information right before the test, don't bother with it.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Out There May 17, 2005
Everyone studies for the ACT in a different way but the one thing that everyone needs to do is practice. This book offers 3 practice tests published by the College Board. Getting into the ACT offers 2. My advice is get both of them. When I did 2 practice tests before this book I got 28's on both. Then I worked through the 3 tests in it and saw significant improvements each time. When I finally took the ACT I got a 31 on it so from personal experience I recommend this book.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful...if you have a lot of time February 17, 2006
I purchased this book before taking the ACT for the first time. I figured it would be a good idea to get a review book with full-length tests included because unlike the SAT for which I took the PSAT, I had never taken the PLAN exam because my high school does not offer it, and I was completley unfamiliar with the ACT format. The book is very extensive, which is helpful if you have the time to read through the whole thing, but I for one did not: I waited until after taking my SAT to start working on ACT prep so I wouldn't be trying to prep for two different tests at the same time and therefore I only had a few weeks to review. This may seem like a long time, but anyone who is a junior in high school (especially those who attend college prep. schools) knows that there is little time left to do much of anything after homework and extracurriculars. I only cracked open my copy of the Real ACT Prep guide ot get a feel for what on earth this "science" section is all about, to see how scoring works, and look at how the ACT optional writing differs from the SAT essay (in my opinion, the ACT writing prompts are less abstract than the SAT ones).

I did most of my prep work from Kaplan's "Procrastinaters Guide to the ACT" purely because I WAS short on time and it covers topics in a much more concise fashion. It does only include one full practice test, but when I registered for the ACT via mail at my school, we were given a booklet from ACT with a practice test, so I actually had two tests outside the "Real ACT prep guide." This was plenty under the time constraints I had.

I will probably re-take the ACT simply because I can do so and choose which score I want to send (unlike the SAT).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ACT January 8, 2006
By Robyn
I needed a 32 on my act score, and got a 31 before, so I checked out a few books from the library on ACT test review. I found this book helpful because it gives you actual tests, and has more tests than most ACT books come with. But, it does not give you the most helpful hints on how to become better. I would recommend Kaplan or Princeton Review series ACT books to help you get better at the ACT. I would recommend this book after you have studied these tips and would like to practice the timing and see what your score will most likely be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT HELPER
Published 8 months ago by Ki m Gluch
5.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL ACT PREP GUIDE
Published 8 months ago by Mary H. Hill
1.0 out of 5 stars very early edition and many marks
The edition was 2005, way too old for prep guide. There are many pencil marks and highlights. The description was misleading.
Published 9 months ago by a. allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I enjoyed the book it help a lot brought my score up 8 points ! Loved it a lot .
Published 9 months ago by janice williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ACT book, in my book
This book has 3 tests, and a large variety of questions.
The answers are explained well. I use it a lot.
Published 10 months ago by D. Stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Resl ACT test guide.
Was helpful. When preparing for this exam. Good price on the book too. Came in plenty of time before the exam. Pleased.
Published 13 months ago by Geraldine M. Cofta
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Really great product. Has helped me a lot in studying for the ACT. Gives great in depth information on how to take the test and practice problems.
Published 13 months ago by Adam Terasinski
3.0 out of 5 stars Really didn't use it much
The online forms are so easy I really didn't need this. It will be good for a reference if we have a question.
Published 14 months ago by Judy L Berryman
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Book
Gave me the wrong item. asked for ACT and i got SAT book and the test is in 2 weeks
Published 15 months ago by Elias Castillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide!
It is a good guide, it provides out line. what to expect? what is the time limit? how can we score ?
Published 16 months ago by Khushi
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