The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018Official Practice Tests + 400 Bonus Questions Online
Revised and Updated
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 contest 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.
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 The ONLY Official Prep Guide from the Makers of the ACT 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 The ONLY Official Prep Guide from the Makers of the ACT 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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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® test, with real full-length practice tests The Official ACT Prep Guide is the bestselling resource for students getting ready to take the ACT® 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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