Multiply your chances of success on the ACT Math Test The ACT Mathematics Test is a 60-question, 60-minute subtest designed to measure the mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken by the end of 11th grade, and is generally considered to be the most challenging section of the ACT. ACT Math For Dummies is an approachable, easy-to-follow study guide specific to the Math section, complete with practice problems and strategies to help you prepare for exam day. Review chapters for algebra, geometry, and trigonometry Three practice tests modeled from questions off the most recent ACT tests Packed with tips, useful information, and strategies ACT Math For Dummies is your one-stop guide to learn, review, and practice for the test!
Introduction 1 Part I: Getting into the Act: An Overview of ACT Math Basics 5 Chapter 1: Reviewing ACT Math Basics 7 Chapter 2: Boosting Your Test-Taking Skills 17 Chapter 3: Discovering Some Problem-Solving Strategies 25 Part II: Building Your Pre-Algebra and Elementary Algebra Skills 37 Chapter 4: Starting with the Basics: Pre-Algebra 39 Chapter 5: It’s Elementary Algebra, My Dear Watson 65 Chapter 6: Practice Problems for Pre-Algebra and Elementary Algebra 85 Part III: Digging In to Intermediate Algebra and Coordinate Geometry 101 Chapter 7: Moving to Intermediate Algebra 103 Chapter 8: Coordinating a Path through Coordinate Geometry 125 Chapter 9: Practice Problems for Intermediate Algebra and Coordinate Geometry 147 Part IV: Visualizing Plane Geometry and Trigonometry 167 Chapter 10: Plain Talk about Plane Geometry 169 Chapter 11: Trig and Beyond: ACT Advanced Math Topics 193 Chapter 12: Practice Problems for Geometry, Trig, and Advanced Math 213 Part V: Tracking Your Progress with Practice Tests 233 Chapter 13: Practice Test 1 235 Chapter 14: Practice Test 1: Answers and Explanations 251 Chapter 15: Practice Test 2 267 Chapter 16: Practice Test 2: Answers and Explanations 283 Chapter 17: Practice Test 3 301 Chapter 18: Practice Test 3: Answers and Explanations 317 Part VI: The Part of Tens 331 Chapter 19: Ten Key Differences Between the ACT and the SAT 333 Chapter 20: Ten Items to Check Off before Taking the ACT 337 Index 341
Mark Zegarelli is the author of Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies, SAT Math For Dummies (both from Wiley), and five other books on basic math, calculus, and logic. He holds degrees in both English and math from Rutgers University and is a math tutor and teacher.
Learn to: Score high on the mathematics section of the ACT Prepare for exam day with helpful tips and strategies Grasp algebra, geometry, and trigonometry Take three practice tests modeled from questions off the latest ACT tests Divide and conquer the math section of the ACT Does memorizing math formulas make your head spin? ACT Math For Dummies is an approachable, easy-to-follow study guide, complete with practice problems and strategies to help you prepare for exam day. You'll get review chapters on everything you'll encounter on the actual test — algebra, geometry, and trigonometry — and three practice tests that multiply your ability to score high and get into the school you want! Get your ACT together — discover the test-taking skills you need to succeed, tips for working with multiple-choice questions, and how to use your calculator to your advantage If you build it, the answers will come — get comfortable with pre-algebra and algebra, from working with number sequences and inequalities to getting a grasp on concepts and vocabulary Kick it up a notch — review intermediate algebra and coordinate geometry concepts, and then put your skills to the test with practice problems on every topic Keep it in "plane" sight — find out how to visualize plane geometry and trigonometry to score high on the ACT Practice makes perfect — solve practice questions throughout the book, and check your answers against fully detailed explanations Know your stuff — take note of key formulas that you need to know to conquer the exam, practicing with problems to help you memorize and master them Open the book and find: The math topics covered on the ACT Problem-solving strategies Formulas you need to know Strategies for answering tough questions When to jump over time-consuming questions Practice problems with detailed answers throughout the book Tips and advice for preparing for exam day Three complete math practice tests with answers and explanations
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