- Series: College Test Preparation (Book 2008)
- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Review (December 11, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375766340
- ISBN-13: 978-0375766343
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,297,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cracking the ACT, 2008 Edition (College Test Preparation) Paperback – December 11, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
It was terrible.
The practice tests in the book were not that close in comparison with the ACTUAL test. I mean, the very first question of the REAL ACT wasn't even mentioned in the book! The ACTUAL test seemed a LOT harder than the two tests offered in this book.
I have already taken one ACT test and I know it would be REALLY helpful if I could place the score I received after using this book on this review...so the minute I get it, I will update this and tell you how big of a difference this book made in comparison to the last time I took the test. (((it could be a positive or negative one...)))
****edited as of APRIL 23, 2008****
I just checked my score online...I got the EXACT same score as the last time I took the ACT. My Mathematics and English scores shot up extremely high and my Science score stayed the same....my Reading score was terrible. It dropped by 5 points after reading this book. Because of that ONE bad score, I couldn't get the score that I wanted to achieve. I tried the technique that the book talked about--obviously it didn't work.
What it basically says is to look at the questions first, underline all the key terms and then SKIM through the passages and underline those key terms you underlined in the questions. One major problem is that you have to remember about 8+ key terms for each passage and looking through the WHOLE passage for more than 8 terms at ONCE is challenging and it is quite possible that you could miss a few. I ended up just reading the whole passage anyway-looking for those key terms.Read more ›
You need to pay attention to which edition of study books to buy - So this review is based on the above second edition. Before buying; always check to see if there is a more recent edition.
This edition corrected some errors contained in the previous. And it is up-to-date with the most recent ACT standards.
As to the book itself - My sixteen year old son, Cameron, said that the book was most helpful in containing several practice test. It is laid out well; reads well; and covers the basics well.
This is the book you get for its extra tests and general review qualities.
Also get the "Real ACT" 2nd Edition The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Official Prep Guide From The Makers Of The ACT (Real Act Prep Guide). Quality practice and review material. It too has practice tests for getting the feel and finding your weak spots to focus on.
Also get the "ACT for Dummies" from the Dummies Series ACT! by Sage For Dummies ACT! 2007 For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)). Get the most recent edition which might be a year or two old. But the test taking pointers are invaluable enough to be slightly future-proofed.
Other than that, these three books will be the perfect kit for anyone prepping for the test.Read more ›
The sample tests do not mirror the actual ACT. Unpleasant surprize at April 12th exam.
I would highly suggest other review books.
The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Official Prep Guide From The Makers Of The ACT (Real Act Prep Guide) Is a great book for practice tests, but the review material is few and far between, and it just got updated in 2008
Kaplan ACT 2008 Comprehensive Program (Kaplan Act) or Kaplan ACT 2008 Premier Program (w/ CD-ROM) (Kaplan Act (Book & CD-Rom)) This is a great book for review and their practice tests are quite good(compared to the "practice tests" in this book anything that actually resembles the real thing is at least half decent)
i've tried both of these alternatives and i did really well on the June ACT (not to brag but i got a 28 composite score which is 93 percentile :) )
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book combined with other ACT study guides and classes. But scores can be inconsistent at times with study efforts but can be better evaluated CT testings than with... Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by G. Lilly
As an ACT Tutor, I have found this book most helpful to use with my students. From math strategies to punctuation technicalities, this book covers it all. Read morePublished on June 1, 2010 by BostonEd
I am currently teaching the ACT to a group of students, and going through all the questions, I found a lot of mistakes in the book. Would not advise buying.Published on January 4, 2010 by J. J. Blanche
The strategies provided are downright awful. After reading the ACT reading section in the book, i felt that their way of doing it was shaky, and what do you know. Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by J. Schoenberger
I feel like I have been through nearly every ACT prep product sold on Amazon. I have been working to get a 99th percentile ACT score without spending big bucks on private tutoring... Read morePublished on October 4, 2009 by Jessie Schodak
As a person who teaches two AP Physics classes and uses these books I gave my son this book to prepare for his ACT. Read morePublished on June 13, 2009 by Paul A. Nevins
I bought the 2009 edition. Just did the first practice exam. There are so many errors in the questions and answers, especially the answers and the science section. Read morePublished on March 17, 2009 by Sharon