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4.0 out of 5 stars Book is good, CD has NO prep material, August 23, 2011
This review is from: The Real ACT (CD) 3rd Edition (Official Act Prep Guide) (Paperback)
Five official tests instead of just 3! I have been waiting for this book's release with bated breath. (Yes, this is the exciting life of an ACT prep instructor). However, I wish I could write separate reviews for the book with CD and without the CD. Once again, I paid the extra money for the CD, which promises to include "supplemental test preparation and skills based exercises." And once again, there are no test prep resources on this CD. It is a college planning CD from Peterson's with college planning advice, lists of undergraduate majors, etc. (The back inside cover of the book lets you know the CD is for college 'planing' -- a typo that does not inspire confidence!) I am really disappointed in what I feel is incorrect advertising here.

However, I do want to note that The Real ACT Prep Guide itself is absolutely essential for prep. This is my tenth year of test prep tutoring and I always find that students who prepare with real ACTs have more confidence and get higher scores than those who don't. The more tests, the better, so it is wonderful to have five to work with. I should probably mention, however, that the skills review and strategies in this book are sub-par. The ACT company just isn't going to give all that much away. For the past few years, I have used The Real ACT Prep Guide along with Boost Your Score! The Unofficial Software Guide to the Real ACT with great success. It gives diagnostic feedback for the tests in The Real ACT Prep Guide and provides strategies and resources. Together with The Real ACT Prep Guide, it's kind of a "course in a box" and students love the reports so they can track their progress as they complete the official ACTs.
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Initial post: Aug 24, 2011 7:38:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 24, 2011 7:39:00 AM PDT
Maine Prep says:
RM--Are the tests in this edition new? I also use the "real" ACT book to prep my students, and the 2nd edition recycled much of the 1st. I have five copies arriving today or tomorrow, but the test is in 2 weeks ... Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 2:26:57 PM PDT
R Martinez says:
Hi MP,
The first three tests are identical to the ones in the previous versions of The Real ACT Prep Guide (down to the exact same page numbers), but the last two are new.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 5:41:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 24, 2011 5:42:47 PM PDT
D. Chen says:
Do you have this book now? I thought it won't be released until Sep. 6th. Please let me know.

Thank you so much!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 5:44:05 PM PDT
Maine Prep says:
Thanks RM. Appreciated. My copies arrived today. New tests! The nerd's dream.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 5:53:50 PM PDT
D. Chen says:
Can you please let me know if the two new tests in this book posted on ACT website as simples (such as ACT assessment 2004-2005; Act assessment assessment 2007-2008 and ACT assessment 2009/2010) as ACT always do? I will order the book if the new tests in the book never have been released before.
Many thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 6:09:22 PM PDT
R Martinez says:
MP -- I know! My wife says I seem more excited about this book than I was about my birthday gift this month. Oops.

D. Chen -- They always release the book way ahead of schedule. I really appreciate this since in this case, it means the students preparing for September will get some benefit from the two new tests. And yes, the two tests in the back of the book really are new. I have also used those previous tests (04-05, 08-09, and the current free test on the website) and they are different than the two new tests in the back of this book.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 6:12:10 PM PDT
D. Chen says:
Thank you so much! I'm ordering it now. My son will take ACT in Sep. 10th.

Many thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 6:12:12 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 6:13:31 PM PDT
D. Chen says:
Thank you so much! I'm ordering it now. My son will take ACT in Sep. 10th.

Many thanks

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 2:37:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 2, 2011 2:39:15 PM PDT
Hunter says:
Does anyone know if this book is offered WITHOUT THE CD? I've looked and looked and it seems like I may be stuck at the $21 price point, rather than the $15 price (without the CD, like older editions). I own a test prep center and buy many copies at a time... I would love to purchase this at the $15 price without the CD. Any luck from anyone else? Am I missing something? Thanks.
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