ACT Prep Black Book: The Most Effective ACT Strategies Ever Published

ACT Prep Black Book: The Most Effective ACT Strategies Ever Published

by Patrick Barrett, Mike Barrett


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Click the "look inside" feature above to browse the Black Book and get a feel for how it approaches the ACT! The fully up-to-date ACT Prep Black Book, Second Edition gives you unique, effective ACT strategies from Mike Barrett, an ACT tutor with clients all over the globe who pay him hundreds of dollars an hour for phone tutoring. In addition to extensive and effective training on every aspect of the ACT, the ACT Prep Black Book gives you detailed, systematic, easy-to-follow walkthroughs for every question in all 3 official practice tests from the current Official ACT Prep Guide.The Black Book is a must-have in your ACT preparation, whether you need to
  • make a perfect 36 to be competitive at an Ivy,
  • score a 10 in each section to claim a sports scholarship,
  • or anything in between.
The Black Book works best when used with the authentic ACT questions in the "Red Book," which is the Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018, by ACT, Inc. The Black Book shows you how to beat the ACT, while the Red Book gives you real ACT questions to practice with. (The ACT Prep Black Book has no affiliation with ACT, Inc.)The Black Book and the Red Book are all you need to get your best possible ACT score.The Black Book is the ideal ACT book for 3 major reasons:
  1. It covers every aspect of the test with advice that actually works, making it unique in the ACT prep field. It doesn't just review material from your high school classes! Instead, you'll learn to exploit design flaws in the ACT, using its own "ACT tricks" against it.
  2. The Black Book contains 600+ detailed, systematic, easy-to-follow walkthroughs for real ACT questions from the Red Book, so you know that what you're learning actually works. You'll see every question from all 3 of the Red Book's official ACT Practice Tests attacked in a way that clearly demonstrates the ideal thought process on the ACT. (You'll need your own copies of those real ACT practice tests, which you can find in the Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018, by ACT, Inc.)
  3. The Black Book is a clear, concise roadmap to the ACT. (See the selected highlights below). It explains exactly how every ACT question works, and how to beat it in the least time possible.

Selected Highlights from the ACT Prep Black Book:

  • The important differences between the ACT and a normal high school test, and how they influence every aspect of the proper approach to ACT preparation...
  • Why every ACT question can only have one valid answer, no matter how much it might seem otherwise sometimes...
  • How to look at ACT questions the same way ACT, Inc. does when it writes them...
  • Why it's so important to work with real test questions from ACT, Inc....and why you shouldn't pay much attention to the official written explanations for those questions...
  • What you're actually supposed to do when the ACT asks you about an author's attitude...
  • The important implications of viewing time as an investment on test day...
  • Why focusing on the wrong answers can be just as important as finding the right one...and how to do it effectively...
  • The simple formula that allows you to crank out a top-scoring essay (that is, if you even need to take the ACT Writing test in the first place)...
  • The special grammatical rules tested on the ACT English section-which may differ from what's commonly accepted in a high school or college classroom...
  • The unwritten rules for every kind of ACT question...
  • The many ways to approach an ACT Math question, and which ones are likely to work best for you...
  • Why every real ACT Math question can potentially be answered in under 30 seconds...
  • And much, much more than we can fit in this space...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692078396
Publisher: ACT Prep Books
Publication date: 02/15/2018
Pages: 580
Sales rank: 41,420
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Mike Barrett has been helping people do better on standardized tests since he was in high school.

In college, he worked briefly for Kaplan but left when it became clear to him that the Kaplan method was irreconcilably different from the way he naturally thought about the test.

A few months after Mike graduated from college with a degree in linguistics, his younger brothers needed help with the SAT, so he taught them his approach to the test. Word of their success spread throughout their high school, and Mike was soon offering informal SAT tutoring to a few dozen of his brothers' friends.

One of those students recommended to Mike that he set up his own SAT preparation company. He thought about that for a couple of weeks and decided to pursue it.

Since then, Mike has used a variety of channels to help tens of thousands of students with the SAT, PSAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, ISEE, and SSAT. He regularly travels to work with students all across the United States, and consults with students all over the world through Skype. He speaks at live events as well, and is available for booking.

Mike's ACT strategies are so different from the traditional approach because he analyzes standardized tests from the ground up, rather than simply assuming that they cover the material they claim to cover.

In other words, most ACT tutors and courses teach the same math, reading, and writing skills that you learn in high school, because they mistakenly assume that the ACT is a test of college readiness. But Mike has looked carefully at large numbers of real ACT questions, and knows that they don't reward the same things that teachers reward in high school and college.

According to Mike, ACT questions generally rely on very basic concepts but present them in very strange ways. So students who want to improve their test scores shouldn't waste time re-learning what they've already learned in school - instead, they should learn how the ACT actually works, so they can take their existing knowledge and leverage it into a higher score.

And this is exactly what Mike teaches you to do in the ACT Prep Black Book.

If you want to understand how the ACT actually works, you need to read this book.

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