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List of the best ACT prep books

averagedesiaveragedesi Registered User Posts: 205 Junior Member
edited June 2012 in ACT Preparation
I saw this in the SAT forum, and figured it'd be good to have one for the ACT too.

So, which books most resemble the ACT and are the best to improve your scores? From my experience, these are among the best:

ACT for Brainiacs: It offers the hardest types of questions that appear on the ACT.

The Real ACT Prep Guide: Its from the makers of the ACT and uses real previous ACT tests.
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Replies to: List of the best ACT prep books

  • madamebovarymadamebovary Registered User Posts: 1,640 Senior Member
    i felt the writing part for ACT brainiacs was hard..do others feel the same way?
  • jclay2jclay2 Registered User Posts: 284 Junior Member
    I would recomend Getting into the ACT. It was the book before the Real Act and contains two real full test and almost another full test in practice questions. Cracking the ACT because the strategies and tips our pretty good along with two similar tests to the real ones.
  • saint_paulsaint_paul Registered User Posts: 469 Member
    The Real ACT Prep Guide: real tests, explanations, and tips
    Princeton Review's Cracking the ACT: gives good thorough info on every subject

    Kaplan: info is basic and questions/tests too easy
    Barrons: too comprehensive and harder than the real thing
  • twinkletoes23twinkletoes23 Registered User Posts: 818 Member
    Princeton Review and McGraw Hills. McGraw-Hills are a easier than the real thing, but the format is very similar to the ACTs.
  • twinkletoes23twinkletoes23 Registered User Posts: 818 Member
    jclay2, does Getting into the Real ACT have the same practice tests as the new ACT book? I'm thinking of buying it but only if there aren't any repeats.
  • jclay2jclay2 Registered User Posts: 284 Junior Member
    Getting into the ACT is totally different test. Plus The Real ACT has test with writing so it must be different
  • stepank17stepank17 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    is Crash Course for the Act: The Last-minute Guide to Scoring High good for ACT Prep
  • countrylovin28countrylovin28 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Has anyone used the Vocab Rock? It's supposed to be some thing to help you study but it is set to music. I was wondering if it helped anyone or it it was jsut a waste of money.
  • jax90291jax90291 Registered User Posts: 571 Member
    countrylovin, just go to FreeRice to practice vocab. kind of fun, very useful, and for a good cause.

    jclay, i have Getting into the ACT, it has two full-length tests including writing sections. I also have the Real ACT, all of those tests are different from the Getting into the ACT tests. As far as strategies, I think the ones in the Real ACT are better (or at least better explained and updated). It also explains the answers to all the questions in the practice tests, very nice.
  • jax90291jax90291 Registered User Posts: 571 Member
    i want to bump this thread because im curious as to how accurate the Real ACT book will be.

    I'm currently prepping and I've taken all 3 practice tests in it now, getting 27, 28, and 29 (one question away from 30) in that order over about 6 weeks. My goal score for the real thing is at least 30 and im taking it twice in april (one mandated by state).

    so my question is, how can i do this? should i bother getting books not published by the ACT (princeton review and such)? all i really want is more practice tests. what are you guys doing when you run out of Real tests?
  • zincy7zincy7 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    What are you talking about...the harder the act practice...the better....think of it this way...if you play against college basketball players in the sixth grade, you learn to play better...thus leading to beasting with your own peers....its the same with Barrons...if you try your best on barrons and you are good...your set....if you fail badly...you can always say that its a harder book....all im sayin...the harder...the better...
  • mcflymcfly Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    just find a book that has "real practice tests." the prep stuff is meaningless, learn the tendencies of the test makers by doing the practice tests. I did 2 practice ones from the "Real ACT Book" and did great on my ACT.
  • polypeptidepolypeptide Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    sparknotes has a free act prep study guide..good for a quick review
  • IheartubabyIheartubaby - Posts: 24 New Member
    I would recommend Dissecting the ACT 2.0.
    It tells you where you can go to get free real ACT test.
  • chess94chess94 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    Ok so my goal is to get a 33 on the ACT. If I get around a 30 now w/no studying, if i get Princeton review for it and The Real ACT prep guide do you think i could go up?
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