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Study Smarter and Ace the ACT with REA#x19;sACT Assessment with TestWareTest PrepUpdated 6th Edition!This sixth edition of our popular test prep is the best way for high school Juniors and Seniors to prepare for the ACT and raise their test scores! Students at all learning levels will benefit from this comprehensive college entrance test prep. Before you start studying,take our diagnostic ACT exam so you can pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses.The review chapters cover all the subjects tested on the exam: English, math, reading, and science.An additional section devoted to the optional ACT Writing test is also included. Our in-depth subject reviews are completely aligned with the ACT test content and provide you with practice drills and examples to reinforce what you have learned.Four full-length practice tests replicate the ACT#x19;s question format,allowing you to assess your skills and gauge your test-readiness.Two of the book#x19;s exams are featured on our TestWare CD with the most powerful scoring and diagnostic tools available today. REA#x19;s automatic scoring and instant reports help you zero in on the topics and types of questions that give you trouble now, so you#x19;ll succeed when it counts! The TestWare CD also comes with an extended time function to accommodate students with learning disabilities. Our on-screen detailed explanations of answers help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. We don#x19;t just say which answers are right #xE2;#xAC;#x1C; we also explain why the other answer choices are incorrect #xE2;#xAC;#x1C; so you#x19;ll be prepared for the ACT.As an added bonus, we#x19;ve included a special section on choosing the right college.Written by a guidance counselor, this chapter offers insightful information about applying to colleges. REA#x19;s complete ACT test prep package comes with study tips, strategies, and confidence-boosting advice for test day.This book is a must for any high school student taking the ACT!
Congratulations on your purchase of the most comprehensive ACT Assessment test prep on the market today! Whatever your intended college major, you’ll need to succeed on the ACT to get into the college or university of your choice. REA’sACT Assessment with TestWare test prep offers you in-depth reviews, test-taking strategies, plenty of practice, and more! Taking the ACT is an important step toward getting admitted into college and we want to help you reach your goal.
REA’sACT Assessmentwith TestWareprovides you with the complete package you need to score your personal best. This test prep gives you everything you need to know about the ACT. The more you know, the less stressful taking the test will be. After all, you’ve already learned all the material the ACT tests . . . we’ll just help you remember it.
INTRODUCTION REA’sACT Assessmentwith TestWarewill help you remember what you have learned and think you have forgotten. It also shows you test-taking strategies that can help you achieve a high score on the ACT. This test prep is designed for your optimal use. You can use it as a comprehensive review reading it straight through, chapter by chapter, or you can develop your own customized study plan (more about that later).
ABOUT THIS BOOK AND TESTWARE The ACT is a mostly timed multiple-choice test that covers English, Reading, Math, and Science skills. Colleges and universities use your ACT score as only one part of the admissions process. It is important that you get a good score, however, because a higher score helps your chances of getting into the college you want. REA’sACT Assessment
with TestWare is divided into seven chapters:
Chapter 1: Scoring High on the ACT Assessment—discusses what the ACT is, how to register for the test , how to study for the ACT, and how to navigate the rest of the chapters.
Chapter 2: Choosing a College—offers advice on how to find college information, types of institutions of higher learning, what colleges are looking for, visiting colleges, and how to apply to the college of your choice.
Chapter 3: ACT Assessment Diagnostic Exam—helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses and lets you determine which study plan is right for you.
Chapter 4: Attacking the ACT English Test—gives you the English review every test-taker should have, but more importantly, offers you the strategies and techniques you need to answer each question type. The grammar drills help you hone your skills.
Chapter 5: Attacking the ACT Mathematics Test—guides you through math basics with a refresher of the five skill areas tested: pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra and coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and a little trigonometry.
Chapter 6: Attacking the ACT Reading Test—helps you distinguish between questions that refer to explicit statements in the passages and those that require you to use your reasoning skills to determine the implicit meanings in the passages . . . with plenty of practice drills.
Chapter 7: Attacking the ACT Science Reasoning Test—provides you with strategies and review to help you remember the skills you used in your natural sciences classes. In this chapter, you’ll use those skills to answer questions related to data representation (graphs, tables), experiment summaries, and hypotheses that represent conflicting viewpoints.
Strategies Finally, the last part of this test prep gives you three practice exams. Working through these practice exams will make you comfortable with the test experience and prepare you for the types of questions you will encounter on the ACT.
We’ve also included a review section for students taking the Optional Writing Test. This section will guide you through an essay writing review and includes strategies plus sample essays.
GENERAL TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES Taking the ACT does not have to cause you anxiety. It’s true that the outcome of the test affects your college admissions goal, there may be question types that you haven’t come across before, and the test is, after all, timed. But don’t worry. One of the things you have control over is how to approach the test. Pacing is extremely important.
The Importance of Pacing Pacing is the best thing you can do to improve your score. The ACT is nearly three hours long. You’ll need to focus your energy where you will earn points and not waste your time struggling with questions that you’re likely to get incorrect. Pacing is how you move through each section of the test. In other words, it’s how many questions you answer, how much time you spend on each question, when and how you guess, and how much time you leave to check your work.
On the ACT, questions usually fall into the following categories:
• Questions you know. These you answer and move on.
• Questions you don’t know. If you have no idea how to answer a question, what the answer choices mean, or how to guess the answer, skip it and go to the next question.
• Questions you aren’t really sure about. With these, it’s likely you can eliminate choices on the questions you might be able to answer. If you eliminate two or three of the answer choices, you can guess from what’s left and go on. With the passages on the English Test, it makes sense to try the shorter passages first. Next, try the long passages and answer the easier questions first. Make sure you note which questions you skip.
“Two-Pass” Method The idea behind the two-pass method is to go through each section twice. On the first pass, you answer all of the questions that aren’t difficult. If you spend a minute on a question, and you can’t come up with an answer, mark it for later and move on. It makes sense to look for the easier questions before you spend too much time on the difficult ones. On the second pass, go back to the more difficult questions that gave you a hard time. If you take more than a couple of minutes and still don’t know the answer, guess and move on.
Process of Elimination The strategy of the process of elimination is that you can eliminate the answer choices you know are wrong and then you can guess from the choices that are left. This is not new to you. More than likely it’s the test-taking strategy you’re most comfortable with. (For more information about our test-taking strategies, make sure you study REA’s plans of attack for each section of the ACT in Chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7.)