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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 1page handouts, which are followed by 1page practice drills and quizzes to gain mastery. For the visual learners, each chapter is enhanced with 1minute videos that quickly explain the key concepts.
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 threepoint 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 1page approach of this book helps to break the ACT down into bitesize 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 selfstudy 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 testtaking 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 testtaking skills.
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Product Details
ISBN13:  9780578486987 

Publisher:  Van Gessel, Inc 
Publication date:  03/26/2019 
Pages:  528 
Product dimensions:  8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.06(d) 
Table of 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
VerbSubject 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
OneMinute 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  Testtaking 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 ACT 504
TRENDSHEETS June ACT 508
TRENDSHEETS Dec ACT 512