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Top 5 Books to Prepare for the ACT

The Real ACT, by ACT Inc.

This study guide is put out by the maker's of the ACT itself, so you'll receive plenty of insider tips if you study with this book by your side. Although reviewers claim that the accompanying CD is not worth the money and the book are lacking in useful strategies, it more than makes up for these setbacks by offering a wealth of challenging questions and realistic practice tests. The Real ACT Prep Guide contains five real practice tests, including two new ones. It also features content and procedures that you'll need to follow on test day. An in-depth review of the optional Writing Test will prepare you for the writing portion and how it is scored, plus the examples of all the question types and strategies for answering each type will ensure you have everything you need to be successful. Some additional features unrelated to the ACT included in this book are college guides and information about tuition payment plans.

Barron's ACT 36: Aiming for Another Perfect Score

Barron's ACT 36 receives rave reviews for its English section which reviewers claimed provided just the right challenge to help them score high on the exam. This text put out by the test-prep giant, Barron's, aims to get students a 36 on the exam, a perfect score but claims that this lofty goal is something all students should aspire to achieve. This innovative book comes complete with advice and strategies for dealing with some of the difficult questions, extra-challenging practice tests for each of the test areas, and instructions on how to read efficiently and with high retention rates. This edition also has a few unique tips on how to boost your science score. Finally, the section on how to write a winning essay will help you to nail this portion of the test.

Cracking the ACT, by Princeton Review

Princeton Review's Cracking the ACT is another reliable study guide to have on hand when you are preparing for the ACT. Reviewers and test-takers claim they like the strategies offered in this study guide and they find the text to be a strong, comprehensive review, but they do warn you to watch out for typos. This book comes with access to three practice tests, all with detailed answer explanations. A review of all the content covered in each of the five sections also makes this a strong study guide. A step-by-step guide on how to write an excellent essay is found in this text and well as strategies for tackling complex algebraic problems. Every chapter comes filled with practice questions and explanations. Finally, lessons and tutorials are available online with the purchase of this book to ensure you are fully prepared for the test day.

1,460 ACT Practice Questions, by Princeton Review

If all you're looking for is practice, practice, and more practice, then this is the book for you. One reviewer claimed 1,460 ACT Practice Questions by Princeton Review comes the closest of all the study guides to creating questions that are like the real thing. With the theory that practice makes perfect, this guide includes three full-length practice exams, hundreds of practice questions broken down by subject area, and detailed answers for all the thousands of questions you'll find. You might want to buy an additional guide for studying and test-taking strategies or general review, but you won't go wrong buying this guide purely for the practice potential.

Kaplan ACT 2016: Strategies, Practice, and Review

Kaplan's guide, Kaplan ACT 2016: Strategies, Practice, and Review, has reviewers claiming it over-prepared them. Like some of these other texts, this book is known for going above and beyond, creating challenging questions that are sometimes harder than the real test. If you can tackle this book, then you're sure to be on your way to a perfect score on the ACT. Containing tools proven to help prepare you for the ACT, this comprehensive guide provides an excellent method for preparation. Using a unique reader-friendly design, this text includes numerous tips and strategies from a Kaplan expert on how to achieve higher scores. It also includes advice from an ACT tutor and a Kaplan student who had a perfect score on the test. A few other features of this text are a parent's guide, a group study guide, three practice tests, a diagnostic quiz available online, answers with detailed explanations, and full coverage of all test material.

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