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The only guide from the ACT organization, the makers of the exam, revised and updated for 2017 and beyond
The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018 Edition, Revised and Updated is the must-have resource for college bound students. The guide is the go-to handbook for ACT preparation and the only guide from the makers of the exam. The book and online content includes the actual ACT test forms (taken from real ACT exams). In addition, this comprehensive resource has everything students need to know about when they are preparing for and taking the ACT. The book contains information on how to register for the exam, proven test-taking strategies, ideas for preparing mentally and physically, gearing up for test day, and much more.


This invaluable guide includes additional questions and material that contains articles on everything from preparing a standout college application and getting into your top-choice school to succeeding in college




The bestselling prep guide from the makers of the ACT test
Offers bonus online content to help boost college readiness
Contains the real ACT test forms used in previous years


This new edition offers students updated data on scoring your writing test, new reporting categories, as well as updated tips on how to do your best preparing for the test and on the actual test day from the team at ACT. It also offers additional 400 practice questions that are available online.
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  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 216 x 276 x 39mm | 1,760g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised and Updated
  • 1119386896
  • 9781119386896
  • 76,197

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REVISED AND UPDATED Info on scoring your writing test Reporting categories Test day section 400 additional practice questions available online

The comprehensive guide to this year's ACT(R) test, with real full-length practice tests

The Official ACT Prep Guide is the bestselling resource for students getting ready to take the ACT(R) test. Step by step, it walks you through the entire test experience, from registration to your Score Report, and provides you with effective test-taking strategies.

The guide includes three actual ACT tests--all of which contain the optional writing test--that you can use to practice at your own pace. To help you better review test subjects and improve your understanding, the guide provides clear explanations for every answer and ideas for boosting your score on the English, math, reading, and science tests as well as the optional writing test.

Filled with expert advice from the test's creators on preparing both mentally and physically, the guide also helps you: Review the entire content of the ACT so you'll know what to expect Understand the procedures you'll follow when you're taking the ACT Be ready for the types of questions you can expect to find on the test Adopt test-taking strategies that are right for you

By using the strategies outlined in The Official ACT Prep Guide, you can feel comfortable and confident that you're prepared to do your best on test day.
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Table of contents

Preface xi


How This Book Is Arranged xii


Before You Begin xii


Part One: Getting Acquainted with the ACT Test 1


Chapter 1: About the ACT 3


Description of the ACT 4


English Test 4


Mathematics Test 6


Reading Test 14


Science Test 17


Writing Test (Optional) 19


ACT Test Formats: Paper and Online 21


Using a Calculator 21


Taking the Test 22


Summary 23


Chapter 2: Preparation, Skills, and Strategies 25


Mental Preparation 26


Identify Strengths and Address Areas of Improvement 26


Develop a Positive Mental Attitude . 27


Keep the Test in Perspective 27


General Test-Taking Strategies and Skills 27


Remain Calm 27


Pace Yourself 28


Know the Directions Ahead of Time 29


Read Carefully and Th oroughly 29


Choose Strategies for Answering Easier and More Difficult Questions 30


Use Logic on More Diffi cult Questions 0


Choose a Strategy for Guessing on Multiple-Choice Questions 30


Choose a Strategy for Changing Answers 31


Write Notes in Your Test Booklet 31


Mark Your Answers Carefully 31


Plan to Check Your Answers 32


Learn Strategies for Specifi c Tests 32


Summary 32


Part Two: Taking and Evaluating Your First Practice Test 33


Chapter 3: Taking and Scoring Your First ACT Practice Test 35


Simulating Testing Conditions 35


Scoring Your Practice Test 101


Scoring Your Multiple-Choice Practice Tests 102


Scoring Your Practice Writing Test Essay 108


Reviewing Explanatory Answers 113


Chapter 4: Identifying Areas for Improvement 188


Reviewing Your Overall Performance 189


Highlighting Strengths and Areas for Improvement on the English Test 189


Test-Taking Skills 190


Highlighting Strengths and Areas for Improvement


on the Mathematics Test 192


Math Subject Areas 192


Test-Taking Errors 192


Highlighting Strengths and Areas for Improvement on the Reading Test 193


Types of Reading Passages 194


Reading Skills Tested 194


Test-Taking Errors 195


Highlighting Strengths and Areas for Improvement on the Science Test 196


Subject Matter 196


Types of Science Questions 197


Common Science Test-Taking Errors 197


Highlighting Strengths and Areas for Improvement on the Writing Test 198


Writing Skills Tested 198


Writing Strategy or Process Errors 199


Part Three: Improving Your Score 201


Chapter 5: Improving Your English Score 203


Content of the ACT English Test 203


Types of Questions on the ACT English Test 204


Strategies for Taking the ACT English Test 213


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Chapter 6: Improving Your Math Score 229


Content of the ACT Mathematics Test 230


Preparing for Higher Math 230


Integrating Essential Skills 230


Modeling 231


Types of Questions on the ACT Mathematics Test 231


Basic Math Problems 231


Basic Math Problems in Settings 235


Very Challenging Problems 239


Question Sets 246


Strategies for Taking the ACT Mathematics Test 251


Pace Yourself 251


Answer All Questions 251


Answer All the Easy Questions First, Th en Go Back to


Answer the Hard Ones 252


Read Each Problem Carefully 252


Look for Information in the Answer Choices 252


Use Illustrations Wisely and Whenever You Can 253


Use Your Calculator Wisely 253


Think! 253


Show Your Work 254


Check Your Answers 254


Chapter 7: Improving Your Reading Score 255


Content of the ACT Reading Test 255


Key Ideas and Details 256


Craft and Structure 256


Integration of Knowledge and Ideas 256


Types of Questions on the ACT Reading Test 256


Representative ACT Reading Test Questions 257


Strategies for Taking the ACT Reading Test 267


Pace Yourself 267


Use the Time Allotted 267


Think of an Overall Strategy Th at Works for You 268


Keep the Passage as a Whole in Mind 268


Find a Strategy for Approaching Each Question 268


Reading Strategies Summary 269


Chapter 8: Improving Your Science Score 277


Content of the ACT Science Test 277


Format of the ACT Science Test 278


Data Representation Format 279


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Discussion of Sample Passage I (Data Representation) 281


Research Summaries Format 284


Discussion of Sample Passage II (Research Summaries) 286


Conflicting Viewpoints Format 288


Discussion of Sample Passage III (Confl icting Viewpoints) 290


Strategies for Taking the ACT Science Test 293


Develop a Problem-Solving Method 293


Take Notes 294


Pace Yourself 294


Practice Interpreting Graphs, Tables, and Diagrams 294


Make the Most of the Information in Graphs 295


Make the Most of the Information in Tables 297


Develop an Understanding of Scientifi c Investigations 298


Carefully Analyze Confl icting Viewpoints 298


Chapter 9: Improving Your Score on the Optional Writing Test 299


Content of the ACT Writing Test .. 300


How Your Essay Will Be Scored 300


Sample Prompt and Essays 300


Sample ACT Writing Test Prompt 301


Sample Essay Responses 303


Strategies for Taking the ACT Writing Test 327


Prewrite 327


Write 327


Review Your Essay 328


Practice 328


Part Four: Taking Additional Practice Tests 329


Chapter 10: Taking Additional Practice Tests 331


Explanatory Answers 397


Explanatory Answers 537


Chapter 11: Scoring the Additional Practice Tests 621


Scoring Your Practice Tests 622


Scoring Practice Test 2 623


Scoring the Multiple-Choice Tests 623


Scoring Your Practice Writing Test 2 Essay 629


Scoring Practice Test 3 632


Scoring the Multiple-Choice Tests 632


Scoring Your Practice Writing Test 3 Essay 637


Chapter 12: Interpreting Your ACT Test Scores and Ranks 639


Understanding Your ACT Test Results 641


How ACT Scores Your Multiple-Choice Tests 641


How ACT Scores Your Writing Test 641


Recognizing Th at Test Scores Are Estimates of


Educational Achievement 641


Using Ranks to Interpret Your Scores 642


Comparing Your Test Scores to Each Other 642


Comparing Your Scores and Ranks to Your


High School Grades 642


Comparing Your Scores to Th ose of Enrolled First-Year College Students 642


Using ACT College and Career Readiness Standards to Help You Understand Your ACT Scores 643


Planning Your Education and Career 644


Seeking Additional Information and Guidance 644


ACT College and Career Readiness Standards English 645


Production of Writing 645


ACT College and Career Readiness Standards Mathematics 652


ACT College and Career Readiness Standards Reading 661


Text Complexity Rubric Reading 668


ACT College and Career Readiness Standards Science 675


Part Five: Moving Forward to Test Day 679


Chapter 13: Registering, Planning, and Packing for Test Day 681


National Testing Program versus School/District/State Testing 682


Registering for the ACT 682


Selecting a National Testing Date and Location 682


Selecting a Test Option 684


Registering 684


Registering Under Special Circumstances 685


Planning and Packing for Test Day 685


Getting to the Test Center 685


Dressing for Test Day 686


Packing for Test Day: What to Bring 686


Obtaining Additional Test Details 687


At the Test Center 687


Checking In 687


The ONLY Official Prep Guide from the Makers of the ACT Following the Rules 688


Communicating with the Testing Staff 689


Maintaining Your Composure and Energy 690


Voiding Your Answer Documents on Test Day 690


Testing More Than Once 691
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