ACT Exam Prep, 2007 Edition is a comprehensive guide to the ACT exam, written by an ACT expert, to help you feel fully prepared for the ACT exam. Featuring the Exam Prep proven method of study, the book includes exam alerts, tips, notes, sidebars, ACT practice questions, exercises, review breaks, a glossary, objective reference sheet, and multiple full practice exams in the book. Each ACT objective is thoroughly detailed in this comprehensive book, including reading, writing, math, and science. ACT Exam Prep helps assess exam readiness and develop effective study habits tailored for the ACT. The author offers strategies to overcome test anxiety and beat students' worst fears, as well as invaluable tidbits of advice that will make a difference on test day.
Table of Contents
Introduction What ACT Exam Prep Is Designed to Do What ACT Exam Prep Will Not Do About This Book Part I: Exam Preparation CHAPTER 1: Introduction to the ACT Exam About the ACT Test Are You Ready? Put Yourself to the Test Assessing Your Exam Readiness A Personalized Study Plan Setting Up a Schedule Structuring Your Study Sessions Registering for the Test Keep These Valuable Test-Taking Tips in Mind What to Expect on Test Day How to Interpret Your Scores How the Test Scores Are Used What Colleges Are Looking For Most Competitive Schools Highly Competitive Schools Very Competitive Schools Moderately Competitive Schools Less, or Minimally, Competitive Schools Where Do You Go from Here? CHAPTER 2: The English Test What to Expect on the ACT English Test The Test Format The Passage The Directions The Plan Understanding Punctuation Apostrophe Colon Comma Dash Exclamation Point Parentheses Period Question Mark Quotation Marks Semicolon Understanding Basic Grammar and Usage Parts of Speech Subject-Verb Agreement Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement Coordinating Conjunctions Subordinating Conjunctions Sentence Structure Checking for Fragments Revising Run-ons Finding the Main Idea Organization of Sentences in Paragraphs and Passages Sentence and Paragraph Style Sentence Style Paragraph Style Ensuring Consistent Tone and Correct Word Choice Consistent Tone Correct Word Choice Sample ACT English Test Questions Answers to Sample ACT English Questions CHAPTER 3: The Reading Test What to Expect on the ACT Reading Test On the Test Directions The Content Areas Preparing for the Reading Test Passage Questions Prose Fiction Working with a Sample Passage Working with Sample Questions Social Science Working with a Sample Passage Working with Sample Questions Humanities Working with a Sample Passage Working with Sample Questions Natural Science Working with a Sample Passage Working with Sample Questions Sample Exam Prep Passages and Questions Passage 1 Text Passage 1 Questions Passage 2 Text Passage 2 Questions Suggested Underlining for Passages 1 and 2 Correct Answers for Passages 1 and 2 CHAPTER 4: The Writing Test Preparing for the ACT Writing Test Read Good-Quality Material Practice Free-Writing The Actual Directions for the Writing Test An Explanation of the Actual Directions for the Writing Test The Writing Process: The System You Will Use to Write Your Essay Step 1: Prewriting Step 2: Drafting Step 3: Revising Sample Prompt How Your Essay Is Scored Practice, Practice, Practice: The Best Way to Improve Your Essay Writing Practice Finding Opposing Viewpoints Practice Writing Introductions Challenge Exercises Challenge Exercise #1 Challenge Exercise #2 Challenge Exercise Essay Responses CHAPTER 5: The Mathematics Test The Basic Structure of the Mathematics Test Pre-Algebra and Elementary Algebra Understanding and Working with Different Number Types Absolute Value Scientific Notation Properties Roots and Powers Bases and Exponents Factors and Multiples Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences Fractions, Decimals, and Percents Rate Problems Functions Probability Ratio, Proportion, Mean, Median, Mode Algebraic Expressions Solving Linear Equations Solving for a Variable in Terms of Other Variables Solving Systems of Linear Equations Solving Operations with Matrices Solving Inequalities and Inequalities with Absolute Values Intermediate Algebra and Coordinate Graphing Intermediate Algebra Coordinate Graphing Plane Geometry/Trigonometry Plane Geometry Basic Trigonometric Functions Sample Exam Prep Questions and Answers Questions Answers CHAPTER 6: The Science Reasoning Test The Basic Structure of the Seven Reading Passages The Passage Text The Data Section The Questions Themselves The Specific Structure of the Three Types of Reading Passages Data Representation Research Summaries Opposing Viewpoints Challenge Questions Challenge Question Answers with Explanations Part II: Practice Exams Fast Facts English Mathematics Pre-Algebra and Elementary Algebra Intermediate Algebra and Coordinate Graphing Plane Geometry and Trigonometry Writing Science CHAPTER 7: Practice Exam 1 ACT English Assessment Passage I Passage II Passage III Passage IV Passage V ACT Reading Assessment Passage I: Prose Fiction Passage II: Social Science Passage III: Humanities Passage IV: Natural Science Math Test Science Reasoning Test Passage I, Questions 1--6 Passage II, Questions 7--11 Passage III, Questions 12--17 Passage IV, Questions 18--23 Passage V, Questions 24--28 Passage VI, Questions 29--35 Passage VII, Questions 36--40 ACT Writing Assessment CHAPTER 8: Answers to Practice Exam 1 English Reading Math Science Reasoning Scoring Your Sample Test CHAPTER 9: Practice Exam 2 English Test Passage I Passage II Passage III Passage IV Passage V Reading Test Passage I: Prose Fiction Passage II: Social Science Passage III: Humanities Passage IV: Natural Science Math Test Science Reasoning Test Passage I (Questions 1--5) Passage II (Questions 6--12) Passage III (Questions 13--17) Passage IV (Questions 18--23) Passage V (Questions 24--29) Passage VI (Questions 30--34) Passage VII (Questions 35--40) Writing Test CHAPTER 10: Answers to Practice Exam 2 English Reading Math Science Scoring Your Sample Test Part III: Appendixes APPENDIX A: Glossary APPENDIX B: Additional Resources English Reading Writing Math Science General ACT Preparation Index
Susan French Ludwig is an author of Exam Cram ACT and is the author of Score Higher on the ACT, both from Que Publishing. She has served as a curriculum designer, textbook writer, tutor, adult education instructor, book author, and author of numerous articles in varied areas of education. She earned her M. A. in education from Pennsylvania State University. Susan currently works on the community college level, coordinating a National Science Foundation grant created to bring more students into the math, science, technology, and engineering disciplines.