- Series: College Test Preparation
- Paperback: 832 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Review; Csm edition (December 6, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101920521
- ISBN-13: 978-1101920527
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 2 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 126 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cracking the ACT with 6 Practice Tests, 2017 Edition: The Techniques, Practice, and Review You Need to Score Higher (College Test Preparation) Csm Edition
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The first thing I noticed when buying this book was that it said it has 6 practice tests. It's more practice tests than many of the other books offered so I decided that it would be worth it to buy this one. While there are 4 practice tests in the book, 2 of them are actually online. I knew that before I bought the book, but I thought it would be fine because I have no problem with online stuff normally. After purchasing the book I tried to figure out how to take the online tests, but there were almost no instructions and I could not figure out how to access the online tests. Maybe it was just me but I had absolutely no idea how to get to them, so they ended up going to waste.
That being said, not having the online practice tests was probably fine considering the fact that the practice tests they made were very inaccurate. When I compared the content (mostly in the math and science sections) to the actual ACT, they were really different. This is reflected in my scores too. The practice book gives you an answer key and tells you how to grade yourself and convert the score. The composite score i was getting in the practice was very very different than what I actually got on the ACT.
In the math practice and teaching, they teach you a lot of stuff that isn't really relevant to the test. Most of the problems on the act were really straight forward problems, but I feel like the Princeton review had their own agenda. Of course there were a few things that did help me, but the book could have been much more efficient in teaching me what I actually needed to know.
Same with the science section. The actual science test in the ACT was much different than the review. I don't want to go too in detail of what was different because that might be disclosed information, but I did not feel prepared when taking the ACT (my science score actually went down 1 point after I took it again).
The english section is where this book really helped me. They did use relevant information that you wouldn't have known if you hadn't used this book, and my score really improved after using it.
I felt that many of the explanations they gave for the answers in the reading sections were inaccurate and inadequate. After getting a question wrong in a practice test, I would go to see why they chose a different answer. Some of the time I saw exactly what I did wrong, but for a lot of the time I didn't understand why they just eliminated a certain choice. That being said, my suspicion that their questions were either answered wrong or the type of questions they had weren't right is proven by the fact that I did much better on the actual ACT than I did in their practice tests.
In general, this book gives you a lot of strategies. A lot of these "strategies" are actually common sense though, so a lot of it was really redundant. One of the main strategies they use is process of elimination and to skip/come back the hard problems that you don't know. This is why I say that this book isn't for the people who want to score in the 30s. If you want a score in the 30s then you probably aren't leaving any questions blank, so this strategy doesn't help at all.
My advise would be to get a tutor who scored very highly on the ACT to help you and to get the official book. At least with the official book you know that the types of questions and answers are right because it's made by the same people.