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## Overview

This book revolutionizes the way students take the ACT. Before, they would study hundreds of pages with information about the ACT content and then take numerous tests. Neither approach gave them feedback about their mistakes and too often students would sigh, “I have a 29 …. again!”

With Analyze Your ACT, students FIRST get detailed feedback about exactly where they make mistakes. THEN, they study only those areas that hold back their score. All the needed material is presented in 1-page handouts, which are followed by 1-page practice drills and quizzes to gain mastery.

Motivation is key! Students do not want to waste an hour on punctuation rules, but they gladly study commas and semicolons if they know it will make a three-point difference in their ACT score. Most students need a quick review of geometry, but they do not need the theorems and postulates. Many students know they have forgotten the distance formula and the midpoint formula, and the only thing they need is a quick reminder about the fundamentals. The 1-page approach of this book helps to break the ACT down into bite-size chunks.

What does the ACT measure? The trendsheets in this book give an immediate overview of what the ACT is all about. And because the ACT is a standardized test, this pattern will repeat for every test in the past and the future. With this book, for the first time, students know what to study and how to improve, parents are able to provide guidance, and teachers can identify what materials to integrate into their curriculum.

Analyze your ACT explains math and English principles in simple language, yet goes into more depth than any other book in this field. The book combines facts and formulas with study skills and insights into complex questions. More than 200 tips are scattered throughout the book, and each one can make a difference in one or more ACT questions. The book even provides insights into particular ACT traps that have stopped top students from getting a perfect score.

The author, Winni van Gessel, studied Instructional Design at the University of Kentucky, and this background becomes apparent in the way the book approaches the test. The test itself is not the central part of this self-study book; the skills to ace the test are the driving force in each of its chapters. Mastering these skills will not only help students with the ACT, but also in other academic areas. The test-taking skills in this book are the key in the reading and the science parts of the ACT. Just like the composite score of the test is a combination of the four test, so is the approach to master this test a combination between knowledge and test-taking skills.

## Product Details

ISBN-13: | 9780692102855 |
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Publisher: | van Gessel, Inc |

Publication date: | 04/03/2018 |

Edition description: | The 2018 Has an Expanded Section with Trendsheets from All the ACT Released 2017 Tests. ed. |

Pages: | 524 |

Product dimensions: | 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.05(d) |

## Table of Contents

CONTENTS

How To Use This Book 1

THE TRENDSHEET METHOD 3

**ENGLISH 15**

CONVENTIONS OF ENGLISH

Sentence Structure 18

Comma Usage - One Comma 22

Comma Usage - Two Commas 26

Punctuation - Semicolons & Colons 32

Hyphens, Dashes and Apostrophes 37

The Apostrophe 39

Conjunctive Adverbs 43

Modifiers 48

Idioms 58

Pronouns - Types 64

Pronouns - Tips 65

KNOWLEDGE OF LANGUAGE

Redundancy in Sentences 72

Verb-Subject Agreement 76

Verb Tense 80

Irregular Verbs List 83

The Conditional 86

Parallel Structure 87

Word Choices 92

Grammar Quizzes 95

English Grammar Overview 101

PRODUCTION OF WRITING

Clarity 104

Conjunctions 108

Transitions 110

Redundancy in Paragraphs 115

Purpose Questions - Detail 117

Purpose Questions - Main Idea 119

English Test 1 122

English Test 2 142

**MATH 161**

ESSENTIAL SKILLS

Fractions 164

Percentages 170

Averages 174

Ratios 182

NUMBER & QUANTITY

Factoring 186

Sequences 190

Exponents and Roots 194

Irrational/Imaginary Numbers 198

ALGEBRA

Simple Equations 202

Absolute Value 206

Quadratic Equations 210

Translations (Word Problems) 218

GEOMETRY

Basic Shapes 222

Angles and Triangles 228

Special Triangles 231

The Coordinate Plane 238

Pythagorean Theorem 240

Circles 242

Polygons 250

FUNCTIONS 254

Linear Equations 258

Trigonometry Review 262

Logic 274

The Matrix 278

STATISTICS

Probability 282

Graphs 286

Logarithms 290

THE BEAST 297

Math Test 1 300

Math Test 2 320

**READING 337**

The Three Parts of the Reading Test 338

PART I - THE TEXT 339

One-Minute Speed Reading Test 340

Top 10 Reading Strategies 341

Reading Precisely 342

PART II - THE QUESTIONS 349

Clarity 351

Inference Questions 353

Word Choice - Vocab in Context 358

Tone of Voice 361

How to Find the Main Idea 363

PART III - THE ANSWERS 365

The Fake 366

The Switch 368

The Extreme 370

The General 372

Reading Tips - What To Do 374

Reading Test 1 377

Reading Test 2 393

**SCIENCE 409**

TABLES 412

Tables - Quiz 1 Football 413

Tables - Quiz 2 Solubility 415

Tables - Quiz 3 Air conditioning 417

Tables - Quiz 3 Soda and Candy 419

Tables - Quiz 3 Approval Rates 421

Tables - Quiz 3 Bouncy Balls 423

Tables - Quiz 3 Treadmill 425

Tables - Quiz 3 Crop rotation 427

GRAPHS 430

Graphs - Test-taking Skills 431

Graphs - Quiz 1 Elephant Tusks 433

Graphs - Quiz 2 Immigration 1 435

Graphs - Quiz 3 Pitching Speed 437

Graphs - Quiz 4 Weather 439

Graphs - Quiz 5 Immigration 2 441

Graphs - Quiz 6 Invasive Species 443

RESEARCH SUMMARIES 446

Experiment 1 Bouncing Balls 447

Experiment 2 Tire Pressure 449

Experiment 3 Acidity 451

CONFLICTING VIEWPOINTS 454

Viewpoints 1 Screeching Noises 455

Viewpoints 2 Vegetarian Diets 457

Viewpoints 3 Dementia 459

Viewpoints 4 Mpemba Effect 461

Science Test 1 463

Science Test 2 483

**APPENDIX**

TRENDSHEETS April 2017 ACT 504

TRENDSHEETS June 2017 ACT 508

TRENDSHEETS Dec 2017 ACT 512