Synopses & Reviews
There's no escaping the ACT. Many colleges require that you suffer through the ordeal of taking this entrance exam before they will even look at your application. Some colleges emphasize ACT scores to compensate for grade inflation; that is, some high schools may give students A's for doing the same level work that would gain them C's in other high schools. Because the ACT is the same for everyone (students nationwide take the exact same exam), colleges use ACT scores to get inside your head to see what's really in there. Think of this as an opportunity, not a crisis – after all, good ACT scores can overcome low GPAs.
No matter how good your high school teachers are, their main goal is to prepare you for the real world – and not the world of the ACT. That's where The ACT For Dummies, 3rd Edition, takes over. Newly revised for the latest version of the exam, this book takes a substantive, but easy-to-understand, approach to helping you prepare for the exam, while at the same time presenting its information in the typical Dummies style – with humor and fun. If anything can make preparing for the ACT enjoyable, this book can.
Here's a sampling of what you'll find in The ACT For Dummies, 3rd Edition:
- An overview of the test: Understanding the format and how the scoring works
- Stress-busters: How to survive exam day
- Things to double-check and things to avoid while taking the test
- Reviews of grammar and spelling, algebra and geometry, reading, and science reasoning
- Plenty of practice questions for all parts of the test
- Three full-length ACT practice tests (no, not the real thing!)
- Top Ten lists debunking ACT rumors, differences between the ACT and SAT, and true ACT stories
You know you have to take the ACT seriously; after all, it can determine the college you go to, which will, in turn, affect the rest of your life. (Talk about pressure!) So why not be prepared? With The ACT For Dummies, 3rd Edition, you'll be as prepared for the exam as anyone can be, and you may just have a little fun in the process.
Students preparing for the ACT undergraduate admissions test can learn what the newest test covers, how it is scored, and how to excel. Includes two all-new sample exams, updated study questions, and the latest methods for relieving test-day anxiety.
Focus your practice skills where you need it the most
Prepare for the test quickly and painlessly and boost your skills
If youre one of the one million students taking the ACT this year, youll want this fun, friendly guide to get the competitive edge! Fully revised to reflect the tests new focus, this book prepares you for everything from trigonometry to grammar to science reasoning with tips for beating the clock and improving your score!
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
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
- Study for each section
- Stay focused during the test
- Manage your time wisely
- Make smart guesses
- Spot test traps and tricks
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 Saydakgraduated 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 Vlkwas 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 9
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: Don’t Count Yourself Out: The Math Review and Mini-Test.
Chapter 7: Ogling More Figures than a Beauty Pageant Judge: Geometry Review.
Chapter 8: Catching Some (Xs, Ys, and) Zs: Algebra and Other Sleeping Aids.
Chapter 9: Reviewing Miscellaneous Math You Probably Already Know.
Chapter 10: Numb and Number: Acing the Mathematics Test.
Chapter 11: More Fun Than a Root Canal: Mathematics Practice Questions.
Part IV: Time to Read the Riot ACT: The Reading Test.
Chapter 12: This, Too, Shall Pass(age): Sailing through the Reading Test.
Chapter 13: Where Are CliffsNotes When You Need Them? Reading Practice Questions.
Part V: Proven to Cause Brain Defects in Laboratory Rats: The Science Reasoning Test.
Chapter 14: Frankenstein to Einstein: Excelling on the Science Reasoning Test.
Chapter 15: Faking Atomic Ache Won’t Get You Out of This: Science Practice Questions.
Part VI: I’d Rather Wait for the Movie: Full-Length Practice ACTs.
Chapter 16: How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Day, Part I: Practice Exam 1.
Chapter 17: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations.
Chapter 18: How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Day, Part II: Practice Exam 2.
Chapter 19: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Wrong Rumors about the ACT.
Chapter 21: Ten Differences between the ACT and SAT.
Chapter 22: Ten True Stories about the ACT.