The Official ACT Mathematics Guide Paperback – Illustrated, 3 April 2020
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- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1119634379
- ISBN-10 : 1119634377
- Language: : English
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The ACT official subject guides are a step by step guide for outlining the preparation for the ACT section tests. These prep guides provide students a concept-based outline for the subjects they plan to focus on. Each one of the official guides, is an efficient prep tool comprised of the most current and relevant test information packed into one guide. In addition to the book, the entire pool of questions are available online for a customizable learning experience. The ACT official subject guides are the best resource to get detailed input and practice to help you in preparation for the ACT. By using this guide, students can feel comfortable and confident that they are preparing to do their best!
Features of the ACT(R) Official Math Guide Includes: Review of the entire mathematics test so you'll know what to expect; Familiarize yourself with the types of math questions for on the ACT; Understand the math topics within the problems you'll solve while taking the mathematics test; detailed explanations for every official ACT Math question in the book The only books with real ACT Math questions organized by question type; includes detailed explanations for each questions; understand math problems within the problems you'll solve while taking the mathematics test;
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A Step-by-Step Guide Outlining the Preparation for the ACT(R)
- Review the entire ACT(R) mathematics test so you'll know what to expect
- Familiarize yourself with the types of math questions found on the ACT(R)
- Understand the math topics within the problems you'll solve while taking the mathematics test
- Detailed solutions and explanations for every official ACT(R) math question in the book
The Official ACT(R) Subject Guides (Mathematics, Reading, English, and Science) are step-by-step guides for outlining the preparation for the ACT(R) section tests. These prep guides provide students with a concept-based outline for the subjects they plan to focus on. Each one of the official guides is an efficient prep tool comprised of the most current and relevant test information packed into one guide.
Additionally, the book includes a PIN on the inside front cover that provides access to the full print version and pool of questions online. This offers a customizable learning experience.
Use the ACT(R) practice questions to check your performance on the official items from ACT(R). All of The Official ACT(R) Subject Guides will provide you with the guidance you need to succeed by telling you what you need to study, sharing details on how to prepare, and offering a ton of realistic practice questions.
The Official ACT(R) Subject Guides are the best resource to get detailed input and practice to help you in preparation for the ACT(R). By using this guide, students can feel comfortable and confident that they are preparing to do their best!
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If you're looking for the best way to improve in ACT math, I have two quick things for you to consider before I dive into my review of this book:
1. To do well in ACT math, most people need strong knowledge of the math concepts on the ACT: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics, and a little trigonometry
2. To do well in ACT math, most people need lots and lots of experience with official ACT tests
Ok, with that out of the way, here are the things I liked / disliked about this book.
Liked: The book is perhaps most useful as a review of the concepts that will appear on the real ACT. But, spoiler alert: it's the math you've been studying in high school. If you want a breakdown, just google "ACT math topics" and make a list. Anyway, it's a review if you just need to brush up on a topic. It's coming straight from the ACT, so you can trust the information about what kinds of topics and questions will appear.
Disliked: Readers will only get a cursory review of most topics. In some cases, that's enough. In other cases, it's not. Students who need more depth and conceptual practice with certain topics would benefit from using Khan Academy - a free learning website that has math videos and practice questions for all of the topics on the Math ACT. Trust me - Khan is really, really good. Try it out.
- The questions in this book are from old ACT tests. If you're buying this book for the practice questions, don't. Instead, look for old official ACT tests via Google - there are a lot of PDFs of those tests online that have been released by the ACT's official Test Information Release service.
So to do your best on the ACT's math section, I'd suggest this plan:
1. Find a blog that lists all the concepts the ACT will test. Print it out.
2. Do the appropriate amount of practice / video watching on Khan Academy to strengthen your knowledge of those concepts
3. Take lots of ACT math sections (from official ACT tests only). Correct your mistakes; write down why you made the mistake and what you wish you'd done instead.
If you do want to buy a book to help you get some repetition with math concepts presented in the same style as the ACT, I like Brooke Hanson's aptly named "The Best ACT Math Book Ever" (vols. 1 and 2). She's an extremely experienced tutor, and it shows in the way she teaches you how to excel at ACT math.
Good luck studying!
The folks at ACT decided to publish four guides, one for each of the subsections of the ACT: english, math, reading and science. I suppose the idea was that students who have a particular weakness, e.g., math, would benefit from a specialized guide. I think the idea was valid but the execution is flawed.
All of my students buy the Official ACT Prep Guide (also known as the "red book"). That contains basic information on the sections of the ACT along with five full-length practice tests (that amounts to 300 math problems plus some review examples), and it sells on Amazon for either $31.99 or $19.47 (for the 2020-2021 or 2019-2020 editions, respectively, and they differ very little from each other).
Someone who is concerned about math might consider paying $18.95 for this book. What you will get is an expanded review of math content (versus the shorter review in the red book) and 160 problems. The expanded review would be helpful and might be adequate for some, but most students will need more material to get up to speed on math content. Another consideration is that many of the 160 problems already appear in the official red book guides. The rest can be found on older ACTs that are easy to find on the Internet.
This official math guide simply cannot compete with the math guides that are independently published, either by tutors like me or by big box publishers like Kaplan and Princeton Review. These guides cost about the same but have more extensive review material and typically have more problems. My guess is that ACT noticed that subject-specific books are selling well and they wanted to get a piece of the action without making much effort.