The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018-19 Edition (Book + Bonus Online Content)
The only guide from the ACT organization, the makers of the exam, revised and updated for 2019 with 4 genuine, full-length practice tests and 400 additional questions online. This new edition includes: A NEW never-before-seen, full-length practice test with optional writing test (215 questions) 400 online questions that can be filtered and organized into practice sets Updated writing prompts and directions Real ACT test forms used in previous years The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018-2019,is the only guide from the makers of the exam and includes actual ACT test forms (taken from past ACT exams). It offers 4 actual ACT tests (all with optional writing test) so you may practice at your own pace. To help you review, this guide provides detailed explanations for every answer and practical tips on how to boost your score on the English, math, reading, science, and optional writing tests.The test creators also created online resources accessible through this book. You can practice with the 400 additional test questions that can be organized, filtered, and tracked for performance. Or you can read the online articles discussing everything from a polished college admissions form to tips on how to graduate in four years.The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018-2019 is the best resource to prepare you for test day. By using this guide you can feel comfortable that you are preparing to do your best!
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 The Fifth Test 21 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 Thoroughly 29 Choose Strategies for Answering Easier and More Difficult Questions 30 Use Logic on More Difficult Questions 30 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 Specific 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 Practice Test 1 41 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 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, Then 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 That 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 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 (Conflicting 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 Scientific Investigations 298 Carefully Analyze Conflicting 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 Practice Test 2 337 Explanatory Answers 397 Practice Test 3 477 Explanatory Answers 537 Practice Test 4 625 Explanatory Answers 683 Chapter 11: Scoring the Additional Practice Tests 752 Scoring Your Practice Tests 753 Scoring Practice Test 2 754 Scoring the Multiple-Choice Tests 754 Scoring Your Practice Writing Test 2 Essay 760 Scoring Practice Test 3 763 Scoring the Multiple-Choice Tests 763 Scoring Your Practice Writing Test 3 Essay 768 Scoring Practice Test 4 770 Scoring the Multiple-Choice Tests 770 Scoring Your Practice Writing Test 4 Essay 775 Chapter 12: Interpreting Your ACT Test Scores and Ranks 777 Understanding Your ACT Test Results 779 How ACT Scores Your Multiple-Choice Tests 779 How ACT Scores Your Writing Test 779 Recognizing That Test Scores Are Estimates of Educational Achievement 779 Using Ranks to Interpret Your Scores 780 Comparing Your Test Scores to Each Other 780 Comparing Your Scores and Ranks to Your High School Grades 780 Comparing Your Scores to Those of Enrolled First-Year College Students 780 Using ACT College and Career Readiness Standards to Help You Understand Your ACT Scores 781 Planning Your Education and Career 782 Seeking Additional Information and Guidance 782 ACT College and Career Readiness Standards—English 783 Production of Writing 783 ACT College and Career Readiness Standards—Mathematics 790 ACT College and Career Readiness Standards—Reading 799 Text Complexity Rubric—Reading 806 ACT College and Career Readiness Standards—Science 813 Part Five: Moving Forward to Test Day 817 Chapter 13: Registering, Planning, and Packing for Test Day 819 National Testing Program versus State and District Testing 820 Registering for the ACT 820 Selecting a National Testing Date and Location 820 Selecting a Test Option 822 Registering 822 Registering Under Special Circumstances 823 Planning and Packing for Test Day 823 Getting to the Test Center 823 Dressing for Test Day 824 Packing for Test Day: What to Bring 824 Obtaining Additional Test Details 825 At the Test Center 825 Checking In 825 Following the Rules 826 Communicating with the Testing Staff 827 Maintaining Your Composure and Energy 828 Voiding Your Answer Documents on Test Day 828 Testing More Than Once 829
The comprehensive guide to the 2018-2019 ACT® test, with 4 genuine, full-length practice tests and 400 additional questions online. This 2018-2019 guide includes four actual ACT tests — all of which contain the optional writing test — that you can use to practice at your own pace. To help you review test subjects and improve your understanding, this guide provides clear explanations for every answer. You'll also get practical tips for boosting your score on the English, math, reading, and science tests, as well as the optional writing test. Additionally, you can access 400 more practice questions online through the access code provided in the guide. The test's creators filled this guide with expert advice on how to both mentally and physically prepare for the exam. It will also help you: Review the entire ACT test content so you'll know what to expect on test day Understand the procedures you'll follow when you're taking the ACT Prep for the types of questions you can expect to find on the test Adopt test-taking strategies that are right for you The Official ACT Prep Guide 2018-2019 is the best resource to prepare you for test day. By using this guide you can feel comfortable that you're prepared to do your best!
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