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Cracking the ACT with 3 Practice Tests, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) by [Martz, Geoff]
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  • File Size: 10077 KB
  • Publisher: Princeton Review (February 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 4, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HKVHZ6E
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By L. M. Keefer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2014
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If you are looking for ACT prep materials, Princeton Review materials are excellent. I enrolled in the instructors' course for the Princeton Review SAT and found their test prep approach clear and digestible. I have taught SAT prep at a prep school here in Connecticut, worked for a private tutoring company, and tutor students in both SAT and ACT prep. Friends and neighbors have asked if I would tutor their teens for the ACT, so I purchased the Princeton Review ACT book to teach the non-math sections. The explanations in Princeton Review test prep books are field tested with actual students. Princeton Review explains clearly how to think about the tests and the test questions.

What is helpful for students and parents to understand about the reading tests on the ACT is that on tests given in school teachers want to provide quality answers. Teachers are testing to determine that students studied the material. Students just have to identify the right answer--it's more a test of did you learn the material?

The reading tests on the ACT are open book tests. The tests ask a question and the answer is right in front of you so they have to make it difficult to identify the answer. Because the reading tests on the ACT Test do not rely on your memory or knowledge base, they give you lousy answers, deceptive answers--sometimes you have to choose among the least worst answer. So, it takes strategy and knowing HOW the test company scrambles the answers in four different ways (distortion, switch, extreme answers and the "nice" answer) to lure students into the wrong answer. Once you know the ways they construct answers (there are only so many ways to do this), it is easier to spot the right answer.
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I purchased this for my son while he was preparing for the ACT test. He said the book was a great help to him as well as the tests it provided. The test taking tips were an invaluable source. He read the book from cover to cover and every chapter provided helpful facts and problem solving strategies. I am grateful we found 'Cracking the ACT as he did well on the testing and received a partial scholarship for the four year degree he will work towards. He had taken two other practice tests prior to reading this book and his score improved by several points.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is preparing for the ACT. We purchased two different books to aid in studying and this was by far the best one. You will not be sorry.
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The strategies covered in this book are mostly common sense. Do the easy questions first. Most of the book is riddled with grammatical errors and typos. Page 237 literally reads "HOW TO CRACKING THE READING TEST" which I found humorous. This wasn't their way of being witty or funny; it's a typo.

Some of the questions have answers which the ACT would consider incorrect based solely on logic. The explanations and evidence given for why answer choices are either correct or incorrect is sparse and seems like the person writing the book didn't care to educate, but rather rushed to turn out content.

Be wary of any book whose mission statement directly conflicts with the latest in learning behavioral research. Just buy a book of practice tests and actually do them within the time-frames given. The more you do, the better you'll get. Of course, for this to be effective, you'll have to really dig into why your incorrect answers are so; not just ignore them.
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I have lost count of how many errors -- grammatical, mathematical, typographical, you name it -- I have found in this book. Questions are poorly worded, graphs are not labeled properly, etc. I have taken the SAT twice in the last year and scored in the 700's in all sections, so it's not like I can't grasp trick questions: these practice questions are just worded horribly. Worst of all, though, are the strategies given for "cracking" the ACT. Princeton Review actually recommends skipping entire reading/science passages and filling in the bubbles with an arbitrary letter to gain time on the other passages. Ridiculous! These "strategies" may be useful for some people, but for anyone shooting for a reasonably high score (i.e. anything in the mid twenties or above) they are virtually useless. I take the ACT in five days, and I am seriously considering abandoning this book entirely and spending the rest of my time more productively.
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I am an ACT tutor. I have found some serious errors in the math part of this book. There are several problems that don't make sense, and at least one where none of the answer choices is correct. I also think that the "strategies" in this book for solving math problems are often dubious. My advice to students is: study hard while taking math courses in high school, and you should do fine on the ACT. Don't try to cram a few weeks before the test. IT probably won't work. You could use this book as a math review, but don't take it too seriously: its advice is often bad, and some of the problems are poorly designed or just plain wrong.

In addition, the explanations of the right answers in the math section can make math seem absolutely nonsensical. Here's an example: One question was about logs. It asked you to figure out what the log to the base 9 of 9 to the 7/3 is. The log to the base x of x to the a is always a. For example, the log to the base 10 of 10 to the 1 is 1. That's the simple answer. But the solution section gave a long-winded, incomprehensible answer to this that just muddies the waters considerably. Who WRITES these?
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