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The ACT for Dummies (For Dummies)
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Boost your test-taking skills and beat the clock
Prepare for the ACT® quickly and painlessly and maximize your score!
Are you one of the millions of students taking the ACT? Have no fear! This friendly guide gives you the competitive edge by fully preparing you for every section of the ACT, including the optional writing test. You get two complete practice tests plus sample questions — all updated — along with proven test-taking strategies to improve your score.
Discover how to
More than a million high school students take the ACT each year. This new edition of our ACT guide has been updated to cover the exam's new optional writing test, which may be required by many colleges. It includes two complete practice tests and sample questions for each section of the test— all revised and updated— plus a new part devoted to the writing test. The book also features proven tips and strategies for managing time, guessing, and maximizing scores.
About the Author
Michelle Rose Gilman is proud to be known as Noah’s mom (Hi Noah!). A graduate from the University of South Florida, Michelle found her niche early and at 19 was already working with emotionally disturbed and learning-disabled students in hospital settings. At 21 she made the trek to California and there she found her passion for helping teenage students become more successful in school and life. What started as a small tutoring business in the garage of her California home, quickly expanded and grew to the point where traffic control was necessary on her residential street. Today, Michelle is the Founder and CEO of Fusion Learning Center, a private school and tutoring/test prep facility in Solana Beach, CA, serving over 2,000 students per year. She has taught tens of thousands of students since 1988. She created the Mentoring Approach to Learning and is the author of various books on self-esteem, writing, and motivational topics. Michelle founded the Addiction and Recovery Division at Fusion and has overseen dozens of programs focused on helping kids become healthy adults. She currently specializes in motivating the unmotivatable adolescent, comforting their shell-shocked parents, and assisting her staff of 27 teachers.
Veronica Saydak graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelors Degree in English. She found her real education in travel and seeing the world. She has traveled to over 12 countries, studying various cultures through their literature and lifestyles. She has been a highly coveted English teacher, specializing in writing, for over 4 years. Currently, Veronica is the Director of Student Development at Fusion Learning Center, where she is responsible for program development, staff supervision, and teaching her students on a one-to-one basis. As an administrator, Veronica specializes in the emotional well-being of over 400 students. Her wit and humor might not solve the world’s problems but it definitely makes the world feel lighter.
Although more likely to admit to being a used-car salesperson, Suzee Vlk was a test prep specialist from 1975 to her death in 2003, working her way through graduate business school and law school teaching courses in ACT, SAT I, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT preparation. By her own description, she found the paranoia and take-no-prisoners mindset required for doing well on the ACT a big help in developing cutthroat tactics to use in the boardroom or courtroom. Eventually, she became president of Suzee Vlk Test Prep and taught thousands of students in dozens of courses at universities and private corporations. She wrote material used in SAT and GRE preparation software and videos. Her prep books for the ACT and other standardized exams have been published worldwide.
Table of Contents
Part I: Coming to Terms with Reality: An Overview of the ACT.
Chapter 1: Getting Your ACT Together: The Format.
Chapter 2: Succeeding on the ACT.
Chapter 3: Reading the Admissions Committee’s Mind: What Colleges Want.
Part II: Serving Your “Sentence”: English Review and Test.
Chapter 4: Glamour Grammar: The Five-Star Review.
Chapter 5: Misspellers of the World, Untie! Mastering the English Test.
Chapter 6: It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It: English Practice Questions.
Part III: Writing the Writing Test Rightly: You Have a Choice.
Chapter 7: ACT Write: The First Words on Essay Writing.
Chapter 8: Write Right: The Writing Test Review.
Chapter 9: Practicing Promptly with Practice Prompts: Essay Practice Examples.
Part IV: Don’t Count Yourself Out: The Math Review and Mini-Test.
Chapter 10: Ogling More Figures than a Beauty Pageant Judge: Geometry Review.
Chapter 11: Catching Some (X’s, Y’s, and) Z’s: Algebra and Other Sleeping Aids.
Chapter 12: Reviewing Miscellaneous Math You Probably Already Know.
Chapter 13: Numb and Number: Acing the Mathematics Test.
Chapter 14: More Fun Than a Root Canal: Mathematics Practice Questions.
Part V: Time to Read the Riot ACT: The Reading Test.
Chapter 15: This, Too, Shall Pass(age): Sailing through the Reading Test .......................................145
Chapter 16: Where Are CliffsNotes When You Need Them? Reading Practice Questions..............151
Part VI: Proven to Cause Brain Defects in Laboratory Rats: The Science Reasoning Test.
Chapter 17: Frankenstein to Einstein: Excelling on the Science Reasoning Test.
Chapter 18: Faking Atomic Ache Won’t Get You Out of This: Science Practice Questions.
Part VII: I’d Rather Wait for the Movie: Full-Length Practice ACTs.
Chapter 19: How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Day, Part I: Practice Exam 1.
Chapter 20: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations.
Chapter 21: How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Day, Part II: Practice Exam 2.
Chapter 22: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations.
Part VIII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 23: Ten Wrong Rumors About the ACT.
Chapter 24: Ten Differences between the ACT and the SAT.
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