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Category: ACT Book Reviews

David Recine

Best ACT Prep Books 2016 – 2017

Best ACT Books: How to Find the Right One   If you’re planning on taking the ACT and are currently drowning in the depths of Amazon searches for ACT prep books, maybe you’re getting a little paranoid: Should I trust this 5-star review from KelseyKaplan2018? Just because it’s at the top of the search results, […]

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Kristin Fracchia

Book Review: Barron’s ACT

As far as third-party ACT test prep books go, Barron’s ACT (2014) is one of the best. It’s straightforward, friendly, and thorough–it will feel as comfortable to students as one of their high school textbooks. It’s missing the hip flair of some other test prep books, but it gets the job done. Most importantly, it’s practice questions are pretty good.

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Kristin Fracchia

Book Review: Barron’s ACT 36: Aiming for the Perfect Score, 2nd Edition

Generally speaking, Barron’s ACT 36 is one of the best third-party ACT prep books out there (but not necessarily for the purpose stated in its title–see below). I do love the tone of it; it’s straight to the point without being boring; it’s engaging without trying too hard to be hip (thus vastly reducing eye-rolling […]

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Kristin Fracchia

TuesdACT Video: Red Book Math Test 4 #48 – Integers

  In this episode of TuesdACT, we are taking a look at the principles of multiplying and adding even and odd numbers using an example from The Real ACT Prep Guide that lots of students struggle with. Real ACT Prep Guide Test 4 Question 48 on page 599, we are coming for you! Check out […]

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Kristin Fracchia

TuesdACT Video: Red Book Science Test 2 #13 – Science + Math

  This week, we are solving another tricky problem from The Real ACT Prep Guide, aka the “Red Book.” This time it is the Science section we are targeting–specifically Test 2, Question 13 on page 332. This is a question that unsettles a lot of students because it involves a little bit of math. Most […]

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Kristin Fracchia

TuesdACT Video: Red Book English Test 1 #57 – Punctuation

  ACT English Punctuation Questions and an Explanation for The Real ACT Prep Guide “Red Book” Test 1 Question 57 This week I’m tackling another frequently-missed question from the The Official ACT Prep Guide, aka the “Red Book.” (I’m looking at you, Practice Test 1, English Question 57, Page 160!) Check out the video for […]

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Kristin Fracchia

TuesdACT Video: Red Book Math Test 5 #60 – Functions

  In this special episode of TuesdACT (and the next few episodes), we are going to work through solutions to some of the questions in The Real ACT Prep Guide, 3rd Edition that students are always asking about. We’re kicking it off with a math question on functions from ACT Practice Test 5, Question 60, […]

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Kristin Fracchia

ACT Book Review: The Real ACT Prep Guide, 3rd Edition

Note: The Real ACT Prep Guide, 3rd Edition is no longer the newest official guide from the makers of the ACT. If you’re looking for information on the newest ACT book from the test-makers, check out our review of The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2016-2017. I know that it initially may seem odd that I […]

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Kristin Fracchia

ACT Book Review: Kaplan ACT 2015

The most immediately appealing aspect of the Kaplan ACT 2015 book–particularly for students who are fighting the test prep battle on their own–is its clear, concise formatting and engaging layout. Overall, Kaplan’s guide presents sound strategy advice and clear instructions. It’s pragmatic, test-specific and doesn’t mess around with stuff you don’t need to know. However, […]

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Kristin Fracchia

ACT Book Review: Cracking the ACT Premium 2015 Edition

Along with Kaplan, Princeton Review is generally one of the most popular go-tos for test prep materials. But this doesn’t mean it’s the best. Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of Cracking the ACT is definitely better than a lot of what is out there, but it has some serious flaws. Generally speaking, Cracking the ACT does […]

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