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The ACT test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. ACT scores are one of the most important factors in the college admission decision, second only to grades in college prep courses.
This is a high stakes test. How will you prepare for this important test?
The ACT has 4 components: English Language, Mathematics, Critical Reading and Science. The SAT exam has 3 components: Math, Critical Reading and Writing. the ACT tests grammar, punctuation and syntax versus the SAT is focused on vocabulary . The Writing Test, an optional component, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.The SAT does not test you on science and trigonometry. The ACT lasts 2 hours, 55 minutes with 30 minutes for the optional writing.
Because the science section will measure your reasoning, it is the easiest section of the ACT. It will be important to know how to read scientific data in charts, graphs or reports.
Each of the four multiple-choice ACT test sections (English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science) is scored on a scale of 1-36. You will also receive a composite score, which is the average of your four test scores (1-36). When you receive your score report results, it will include national rankings where you can compare your performance against students across the country. For instance, if you ranked in the 95th percentile on the Mathematics Test, you did better than 94% of other students, while 5% did test better than you.
You will receive a Writing Test sub score and a Combined English/Writing score. Essays are judged for quality not quantity with a sub score of 0-12 and a combined English/Writing score of 1-36. The Ivy League universities will look at your essay, while other universities may not consider this as important for their admissions requirements. On the ACT web site you can search for writing test requirements by school. As you decide on your choices of possible universities, based on your scores, you should check with each school to understand how they make decisions about your writing score.
So, should you take a ACT online, a classroom course or chose a One-on-One tutor? It can be costly in both time and money. However, practice sessions,
Tutors from Napervile Tutoring, an ACT PREP book from the ACT.org and Barron's Prep books is a great way to go! Here are some good choices for ACT preparation books below which can be ordered directly from this site.
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The Real ACT Prep Guide with CD is the only book with insider test-taking tips and strategy, practice, and insight from the makers of the ACT. This is the only guide that includes 5 previously administered, full-length ACT tests written by the actual test maker. Also included is ACT content and procedures you'll follow when actually taking the test, along with in-depth review of the optional Writing Test and how it is scored; examples of all the question types; and suggestions on how you might approach the questions. The supplemental CD features a complete electronic copy of Peterson's Cool Colleges 101 and additional online college planning resources from Peterson's.
This updated workbook gives college-bound students extensive practice and review in all three verbal sections and all four reading genres of the ACT. An introductory overview explains the formats for the ACT's English Test, Reading Test, and Writing Test. A full-length self-assessment test follows with an answer key and explanations to help students assess their strengths and weaknesses. Additional features include:
Students can use this workbook to review English grammar, punctuation, and style, as well as to sharpen their reading comprehension with practice passages in the Humanities, Natural Science, Prose Fiction, and Social Science. They can also hone their essay-writing skills, guided by the author's instruction in organizing ideas, writing a well-developed draft, and editing the finished essay.
The revised second edition of this hands-on workbook presents exercises, problems, and quizzes with solutions and answers as it takes college-bound students through all math and science topics covered on the ACT. Separate math chapters cover:
Pre-algebra, elementary algebra, and intermediate algebra
The science sections emphasize the scientific method and focus on how to read scientific passages. Science topics covered include:
Data representation passages
Additional features include a glossary of science terms and test-taking strategies for success. The workbook concludes with a full-length math and science practice test.
An ACT test score of 36 represents test-taking perfection. College-bound students who approach this score are more likely to gain acceptance into the nation's finest colleges. Students who are focusing on getting an exceptionally high or even perfect score on the ACT will want to get their hands on this innovative book. Inside, they'll find:
Advice and strategies for tackling the ACT's most difficult questions and coming up with winning answers
A brand-new manual to help college-bound students succeed on the ACT. The emphasis is on learning by doing, with six full-length practice tests for students to determine their strengths and improve their weak areas.