ACE the ACT Book + Online

ACE the ACT Book + Online

by Kelly Roell MA

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Overview

ACE the ACT Book + Online Practice Tests

Completely Up-to-date for the 2017 Exam


Authored by America's top ACT expert, REA's innovative test prep gives high school students crucial test-taking strategies that can help them raise their score and get into the college of their choice.

Four weekly study sessions cover the critical information students need to ace the English, math, science, and reading portions of the exam. An optional fifth week completely covers the enhanced ACT Writing Test. To round out students' preparation, practice tests pinpoint strengths and weaknesses and give students a realistic taste of the ACT test experience.

Kelly C. Roell, M.A., is an author, certified teacher, lecturer, and longtime test prep guru. She taught high school English and Reading for years in one of the nation's top-ranked school districts (Hillsborough County, Florida), instructing students in the many facets of local, state, and national testing. Kelly ran an SAT test preparation course for advanced high school students, guiding them to focus their potential and raise their scores. Kelly has written daily test tips and articles for Scholastic.com and MSN.com.

About REA's prep:

* Tips to boost your score on the Enhanced Writing Test
*Practice tests build your test-day confidence


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738612232
Publisher: Research & Education Association
Publication date: 05/22/2017
Series: SAT PSAT ACT (College Admission) Prep
Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,132,720
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kelly C. Roell, M.A., is an author, certified teacher, lecturer, and longtime test prep guru. She taught high school English and Reading for years in one of the nation's top-ranked school districts (Hillsborough County, Florida), instructing students in the many facets of local, state, and national testing. Kelly ran an SAT test preparation course for advanced high school students, guiding them to focus their potential and raise their scores. Kelly has written daily test tips and articles for Scholastic.com and MSN.com.

Table of Contents

Contents

About Our Author ................................................................................................. viii

About REA ............................................................................................................ viii

Acknowledgments.................................................................................................. viii

 

Welcome to REA’s Ace the ACT 1

How to Use REA’s Ace the ACT................................................................................. 2

The ACT Test Basics ................................................................................................. 2

Test Day.................................................................................................................... 6

General Strategies for the ACT Test .......................................................................... 7

 

Week 1: English 9

ACT English Test Basics............................................................................................ 9

General Strategies for the English Section ............................................................... 10

Conventions of Standard English ............................................................................ 13

Punctuation ............................................................................................................ 13

Practice Punctuation ............................................................................................... 21

Sentence Structure and Formation .......................................................................... 23

Practice Sentence Structure and Formation ............................................................. 28

Grammar and Usage ............................................................................................... 30

Practice Grammar and Usage .................................................................................. 37

Knowledge of Language .......................................................................................... 39

Concision and Precision in Word Choice................................................................ 42

Consistency in Style and Tone................................................................................. 45

Production of Writing............................................................................................. 46

Topic Development................................................................................................. 47

Organization........................................................................................................... 49

Practice Topic Development, Organization, Unity, and Cohesion ........................... 54

Solutions to English Practice Questions .................................................................. 58

English Strategy Cheat Sheet................................................................................... 62

English Practice Test ........................................................... www.rea.com/studycenter

 

Week 2: Mathematics …………………………………………...……………………………65

ACT Mathematics Test Basics ................................................................................. 65

General Strategies for the Math Section .................................................................. 66

Integrating Essential Skills....................................................................................... 67

Practice Integrating Essential Skills.......................................................................... 79

Preparing for Higher Math...................................................................................... 81

Number and Quantity ............................................................................................ 81

Algebra ................................................................................................................... 87

Practice Number and Quantity and Algebra............................................................ 95

Functions................................................................................................................ 96

Statistics and Probability ....................................................................................... 100

Practice Functions, Statistics, and Probability........................................................ 102

Geometry.............................................................................................................. 105

Distance, Midpoint, and Slope.............................................................................. 105

Equations of Circles.............................................................................................. 108

Angles, 2-D and 3-D Figures ................................................................................ 109

Trigonometric Ratios ............................................................................................ 119

Practice Geometry................................................................................................. 123

Solutions to Math Practice Questions ................................................................... 126

Math Strategy Cheat Sheet.................................................................................... 131

Math Practice Test .............................................................. www.rea.com/studycenter

 

Week 3: Reading …………………………………….………………………………….135

ACT Reading Test Basics ...................................................................................... 135

The Four Passages.................................................................................................. 136

General Strategies for the Reading Section ............................................................ 136

6 Steps for Reading a Passage and Answering Questions........................................ 138

Key Ideas and Details............................................................................................ 139

Determining the Main Idea................................................................................... 140

Practice Reading for the Main Idea ....................................................................... 144

Finding Supporting Details................................................................................... 146

Practice Reading for Supporting Details................................................................ 151

Making Inferences................................................................................................. 153

Practice Making Inferences.................................................................................... 156

Craft and Structure ............................................................................................... 158

Understanding Vocabulary in Contexts................................................................. 158

Determining the Author or Narrator’s Voice and Purpose ..................................... 161

Practice Reading for Vocabulary, Author’s Voice, and Purpose............................... 166

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas ...................................................................... 168

Analyzing an Author’s Arguments or Claims ......................................................... 168

Making Connections Between Texts...................................................................... 173

Practice Analyzing Author’s Arguments and Making Connections ........................ 178

Solutions to Reading Practice Questions ............................................................... 182

Reading Strategy Cheat Sheet................................................................................ 188

Reading Practice Test .......................................................... www.rea.com/studycenter

 

Week 4: Science Reasoning……………………………………………………………………… 191

ACT Science Reasoning Test Basics....................................................................... 191

General Strategies for the Science Reasoning Section ............................................ 192

Science Reasoning Reporting Categories ............................................................... 193

Data Representation.............................................................................................. 193

Data Representation Reading Strategies ................................................................ 194

Practice Data Representation................................................................................. 203

Research Summaries.............................................................................................. 206

Research Summaries Reading Strategy................................................................... 207

Practice Research Summaries................................................................................. 225

Conflicting Viewpoints ......................................................................................... 229

Grasping the Conflicting Viewpoints Passages....................................................... 231

Practice Conflicting Viewpoints ............................................................................ 246

Solutions to Science Reasoning Practice Questions ............................................... 249

Science Reasoning Strategy Cheat Sheet................................................................ 253

Science Reasoning Practice Test .......................................... www.rea.com/studycenter

 

Week 5: Writing 257

 

Enhanced ACT Writing Test Basics....................................................................... 257

General Strategies for the ACT Writing Test ......................................................... 258

The Enhanced ACT Writing Prompt .................................................................... 258

The ACT Writing Process...................................................................................... 259

Practice Outlining................................................................................................. 267

How to Compose Your Essay ................................................................................ 268

Practice Your Vivid Language................................................................................ 275

Practice Writing Your Essay................................................................................... 279

How to Correct Your Essay ................................................................................... 280

Writing Strategy Cheat Sheet ................................................................................ 287

Writing Practice Test........................................................... www.rea.com/studycenter

 

Full-Length ACT Practice Test (also available online at www.rea.com/studycenter) 291

English.................................................................................................................. 293

Mathematics ......................................................................................................... 319

Reading................................................................................................................. 341

Science Reasoning................................................................................................. 357

Enhanced ACT Writing ........................................................................................ 377

 

Practice Test Answer Keys and Explanations 381

 

English.................................................................................................................. 382

Mathematics ......................................................................................................... 392

Reading................................................................................................................. 402

Science Reasoning................................................................................................. 410

Writing ................................................................................................................. 417

 

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