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Best Books for ACT Optional Writing Test

ACT has mainly four sections which are English, Reading, Mathematics and Science Reasoning. Beside these four section you can also give an optional Writing section exam which is taken at the end of the ACT exam. It is a 30 minute long test in which you have to write essays on a given prompt. The prompt is mainly related to social issues concerning high school students. These essays can affect the score of English section of your ACT exam.

ACT Writing optional test is required because many college consider it while taking admission. Although majority of the colleges and universities just need your ACT scores. The ACT test can be given 6 times a year in US while 5 times a year in other countries. For writing, there are number of book available which will help you in scoring the highest marks in Writing section in case you are attempting it.

Here are the prep books for Writing section of the ACT exam :

  1. How to Write a Killer ACT Essay by tom clements
  2. Barron’s ACT English, Reading and Writing Workbook, 2nd Edition by Linda Carnevale
  3. McGraw-Hill’s Conquering ACT English Reading and Writing, 2nd Edition by Steven Dulan
  4. Preparing for the ACT English, Reading & Writing by Robert D. Postman

The average score for the optional writing test was 7.7 during the class of 09 according to Wikipedia. You can check the latest average score from the ACT website. You can also practice questions for a particular section from the website.However, choose any one of the reference books given above and do practice the questions given in them. It will increase your speed of writing and vocabulary too.

We will be also coming up with study material PDF and previous questions asked in ACT which will help you in further preparation of your ACT exam. Till then, get the books and study hard…

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Best ACT Science Reasoning Prep Study Guides

Science Reasoning is the fourth section that is asked in the ACT exam. The difficulty medium of this section is medium compared to other sections. Earlier, this section was known as Natural Sciences. Later on it was renamed to Science Reasoning. As you may be knowing that ACT also gives a sub score for each section hence it’s very important to study equally for this section as well. This section is not too long like others and is quite easy to attempt in the limited time given.

The science reasoning test is a 35-minute, 40-question test. There are seven passages each followed by five to seven questions. There are three Data Representation passages with 5 questions following each passage, 3 Research Summary passages with six questions each, and one Conflicting Viewpoints passage with 7 questions. The pattern keeps on changing and hence you should check the updated pattern and syllabus from ACT official website. Below are some reference books that you can refer for Science Reasoning section.

Here is the list of best prep books on ACT Science Reasoning :

  1. Preparing for the ACT Mathematics & Science Reasoning by Robert D. Postman
  2. Math and Science Workout for the ACT, 2nd Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  3. McGraw-Hill’s Conquering the ACT Math and Science, 2nd Edition by Steven Dulan
  4. McGraw-Hill’s 10 ACT Practice Tests, Third Edition by Steven Dulan

You can purchase any one of the book above for the preparation of Science Reasoning. The average score of Science is 20.9 as reported on Wikipedia for the class of 2009 seniors. You can expect the same or little less as sub scores are ranged from 1-18 now a days. If you have a daily practice then it will be one of the most easy section for you. You can solve all the questions in the time given. If you do know any better books than given above then tell us in the comments.

We are trying to find some PDF files with shortcut, tips, tricks and much more study material which can help you out for the exam. We will upload it on this website for free download. You can also solve sample practice sets by going to the ACT website. You will get to know about the pattern of questions once you solve the practice sets. Get the books and start your ACT preparation.

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Best ACT Reading Prep Study Guides

Reading is one of the main sections in the ACT test. The other 3 section that are asked in the ACT test are mathematics, English and Science reasoning. I have already suggested prep books for mathematics and English section. Reading is quite important and easy section to score marks in the exam. You can also increase your overall if you are good in Reading. A score of 21.4 is the average score in Reading section of ACT exam.

There are total of 40 questions of reading comprehension and a total of 35 minutes is allotted to answer these questions. It’s really not that hard however you need to increase your speed of reading passages and understand the meaning behind it. Most of the questions are easy but few are complex in nature and you have to apply your mind to answer these questions. There are number of good books available in the market through which you can practice standard comprehension which will be similar to the actual exam.

Here are some of the best prep books for ACT Reading section that you can refer:

  1. Increase Your Score In 3 Minutes A Day: ACT Reading by Randall McCutcheon and James Schaffer
  2. McGraw-Hill’s 500 ACT English and Reading Questions to Know by Test Day by Cynthia Johnson
  3. Barron’s ACT English, Reading and Writing Workbook, 2nd Edition by Linda Carnevale
  4. McGraw-Hill’s Conquering ACT English Reading and Writing, 2nd Edition by Steven Dulan
  5. English and Reading Workout for the ACT, 2nd Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  6. ACT 36, 2nd edition (Barron’s Act 36) by Ann Summers, Krista L. McDaniel

Here is what the first book contains :

These new additions to the Increase Your Score series present key principles and practical strategies for the ACT Writing Test (new for 2005) and the ACT Reading Test, explained in manageable, bite-size sections ideal for the panicked student. Combining humor with academic authority, these succinct guides:

    • Feature essential strategies for effective essay writing or tackling reading comprehension passages under the pressure of time
    • Provide sample essays or reading passages and questions, accompanied by helpful annotated comments and examiner marks
    • Are ideal for students who procrastinate or who can study only in short doses
    • Include cartoons (Zits, Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes) to reinforce the light, student-friendly tone

Overall these are great book which you can start with. Some of these contain English and writing section too which will also help for those sections. Prepare practice questions from ACT website to to know about the pattern of the questions being asked in the exam. We will be coming up PDF study material for reading section of the ACT test. Till then stay tuned….

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Best ACT English Prep Study Guides (Books)

American College Testing is a standardized test similar to SAT reasoning test whose scores are used for getting admission to colleges in United States and Canada. English is one of the section which is asked in ACT exam. The other section which is asked in the exam are mathematics, reading and science reasoning. You can also give an optional Writing test. The English section contains 75 questions to be solved in 45 minutes. The average score for English in ACT exam is around 20.6.

The English section of the ACT exam mainly covers usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills. More specifically, questions focus on usage and mechanics – issues such as commas, apostrophes, (misplaced/dangling) modifiers, the colons, and fragments and run-ons – as well as on rhetorical skills – style (clarity and brevity), strategy, transitions, and organization (sentences in a paragraph and paragraphs in a passage.) As most of you have English as your mother tongue hence you can score very good marks in this section.

Here are some of the best prep books for ACT English Section :

  1. The Complete Guide to ACT English by Erica L. Meltzer
  2. Grammar Workbook for the SAT, ACT, and More by George Ehrenhaft Ed.D
  3. Barron’s ACT English, Reading and Writing Workbook, 2nd Edition by Linda Carnevale M.A.
  4. McGraw-Hill’s 500 ACT English and Reading Questions to Know by Test Day by Cynthia Johnson
  5. English and Reading Workout for the ACT, 2nd Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  6. McGraw-Hill’s Top 50 Skills for a Top Score: ACT English, Reading, and Science: ACT English, Reading, and Science by Brian Leaf

All the books are written by famous authors and published by popular publications. Books are written according to the latest syllabus and pattern of the ACT exam. There are number of enough solved questions given and number of practice questions given for you to practice. Practice as many sets as you can as this will improve your time management and accuracy during the actual exam.

We will be coming up with study material PDF and other several tips, tricks  of English section. However, there are not much tips for English. It totally depends on your practice. The more you practice the much you get better. Get one of these books and a practice set and start your preparation for ACT English section.

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Best ACT Maths Prep Study Guides

American College Testing is a standardized test for taking admission to various colleges and universities in United states as well as Canada. Just like you give SAT reasoning test, you can also give ACT exam for getting admissions in your favorite colleges. ACT exam is more popular in Midwestern, Southern and rocky mountains regions of USA while SAT is more popular on the east and west coast. You can give both exams. If have a good preparation then only one exam is enough to take admission in any college of your choice.

Before taking the test, you must understand the difference between the ACT and SAT exam. ACT has a different way of giving scores which ranges from 1 to 36 while SAT gives up to 2400 points. However as both are standardized test hence you will get an equivalent type of marks and colleges do keep in mind about the scores of ACT and SAT reasoning test. You must also check your favorite college cutoff so that you can prepare according to that.

Here are some best Prep study guides for ACT Mathematics Section that you can refer :

  1. Preparing for the ACT Mathematics & Science Reasoning by Robert D. Postman
  2. ACT Math For Dummies by Mark Zegarelli
  3. Barron’s ACT Math and Science Workbook, 2nd Edition (Barron’s Act Math & Science Workbook) by Roselyn Teukolsky
  4. Ultimate Guide to the Math ACT by Richard F Corn
  5. 500 ACT Math Questions to Know by Test Day by Cynthia Johnson
  6. McGraw-Hill’s Top 50 Skills for a Top Score: ACT Math: ACT Math by Brian Leaf

As Mathematics is one of the four sections being asked in ACT test, you need to prepare it very well from these reference study guides. There are 60 questions to be solved in 60 minutes. The average score for maths is 21.0 Here are some important topics being asked in the mathematics section : Pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, geometry, elementary trigonometry, reasoning, and problem-solving. You will get the latest syllabus and pattern in these books.

You should also practice questions of mathematics from ACT website. Try to solve 60 questions in 60 minutes so that you can attempt all questions with 100% accuracy in the actual exam. Time management is an important factor in scoring the good marks. You should also try to solve full paper keeping the time limit in mind. We will upload some PDF study material and previous questions of mathematics ACT section that you can download for free from this website. Till then stay tuned…. 

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Best ACT Test Prep Study Guides

American College Testing is yet another standardized test for taking admission in the colleges of USA. ACT is as much popular as SAT reasoning test. ACT and SAT are famous in different regions of USA. ACT scores are also accepted in many colleges of Canada. ACT has different pattern than SAT exams. There scores also range between 1 to 36 instead of 2400 point score of SAT test. There are mainly four section in the ACT exam that you have to give : English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning. You can also attempt an additional paper of Writing. Many colleges ask for Writing score of ACT exam for taking admission to special courses.

In order to score highest possible points or scores in ACT, you must study and prepare very hard. There are number of books available online which are written by popular authors. These test prep guides are prepared according to the latest syllabus and pattern of the ACT exam. You will also get numerous practice sets and many previous year questions for perfect preparation.

Here are some best ACT prep study guides that you can refer to score a perfect 36 :

  1. The Real ACT (CD) 3rd Edition (Real Act Prep Guide) by Inc. ACT
  2. ACT 36, 2nd edition (Barron’s Act 36) by Ann Summers, Krista L. McDaniel
  3. 1,296 ACT Practice Questions, 3rd Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
  4. Cracking the ACT with 3 Practice Tests, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Geoff Martz
  5. Kaplan ACT 2014 Premier with 6 Practice Tests: book + online + DVD + mobile (Kaplan ACT Premier Program) by Kaplan
  6. McGraw-Hill’s 10 ACT Practice Tests, Third Edition by Steven Dulan

While you can prepare from reference study guides, you also need to purchase books of practice sets which will really help you out. Try to solve them in limited time same as ACT once you completely read the book. It will help in improving the speed, accuracy and time management during the actual exam.

In 2013, nearly 1100+ students scored a perfect 36 score in ACT exam. There were around 1.66 million students who took the ACT during 2013. You can given both exams ACT and SAT as scores of both exams are considered by almost all the colleges. In many of the schools, ACT is made compulsory for students. You should prepare for all the four section equally to get the highest marks. If the college of you choice also asked for writing score of ACT then you must give Writing part too.

You can attempt ACT exam again to improve your score. According to a study, number of students who give the exam for the second time actually improve their score. If you have the caliber and you realized your exam mistakes for the first time then give it again to improve your score. Recently ACT announced Online exam at many centers. However it will be taken offline where schools are not prepared to take it online. We will be coming up with free download of PDF study material for ACT exam. Till then, get one of these books and start learning all the tips, tricks and methods of solving the questions faster and accurate.

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