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Popular ACT Prep Books
We will now go through some of the features of the most popular ACT prep books used by students preparing for the ACT test. These books are easily available in most bookstores and also on the internet. You can buy these books online from www.amazon.com and other such web sites.
The ACT prep book which is a must for your ACT prep is The Real ACT Prep Guide. This ACT prep book has been prepared by the company which develops the actual ACT test. This ACT prep book is also available online on the ACTs web site,
www.actstudent.org. The reasons for this ACT prep books popularity are the three practice tests included in this ACT prep book. The questions that form a part of the practice tests are real questions from previous ACT tests. Therefore, attempting the practice tests from this ACT prep book gives you a fairly good idea of the difficulty level of the questions asked in the ACT test. In addition to the practice tests and content review, this ACT pre book also gives you information on the ACT test format.
The booklet Preparing for the ACT is available free of cost on www.actstudent.org. This booklet is very useful especially for those students who are taking the ACT test for the first time. It contains details of the ACT test format and a practice test with a scoring key as well. You should definitely download this booklet and go through it once.
Students who have already taken the ACT test once and are interested in preparing for a retest for improving their ACT scores try to study from another ACT prep book, in addition to the Real ACT Prep Guide. This is because they feel the ACT test information and review sections of the Real ACT Prep Guide are now redundant as they have already taken the ACT once. They are now interested in brushing up their skills in the subject areas in which they have not been able to score high leading to an overall low ACT composite score. They would now like to practice as much as possible on practice tests or maybe review some particular subject area. Some of the other useful ACT prep books are Cracking the ACT by Princeton Review, The ACT for Dummies, Kaplan ACT 2007 Premier Program by Kaplan, McGraw-Hill's 10 ACT Practice Tests and Barron's ACT, 2007. You can carry out an investigation to check which of these books will be most helpful for you.
A number of students find that the Reading test content review of the ACT prep book, Cracking the ACT is quite unsatisfactory. It has also been observed that this ACT prep book has some printing mistakes. However, the answer explanations given in this ACT prep book have been found to be very useful by most students and this is the main reason why a number of students go in for this ACT prep book for ACT prep.
Kaplan ACT 2007 Premier Program has been prepared by Kaplan which a world leader in the test prep industry. This ACT prep book also comes with a CD-ROM containing 2 more practice tests in addition to the 2 practice tests in the ACT prep book. If you want to include lots of practice in your ACT prep then you should go in for McGraw-Hill's 10
ACT Practice Tests. This ACT prep book consists of 10 full ACT practice tests. You can time the tests and refine your time management skills and at the same time you can assess the improvements that you are making with each practice test. However, it is felt that the questions included in the practice tests of this ACT prep book are easier than the ones asked in the actual ACT test.
The Barron's ACT, 2007 comes with a CD-ROM. This ACT prep book contains test taking strategies, content review and overview of the ACT in addition to three ACT practice tests. The CD ROM provides computerized versions of the tests present in the ACT prep book with an automatic scoring key.
You must analyze the kind of ACT prep you need and the content areas which need extensive review before deciding to buy an ACT prep book. You should plan on procuring an ACT prep book that suits your requirements. Getting hold of a good ACT prep book is not sufficient for achieving high ACT scores; you have to study from it for succeeding in the ACT. You should make it a point to go over each printed word of the ACT prep book from the first page to the last in order to utilize the potential of the ACT prep book to its fullest.
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