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 areas that hold back their score. All the needed material is presented in 1-page handouts, which are followed by 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? Most parents do not know the answer, the majority of teachers have only a vague notion, and the average high school student has no idea. Yet, the ACT is a test that can determine the college admission process and possible scholarships. 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. Students would do well to heed the advice about these test-taking skills as they 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.
|Publisher:||van Gessel, Inc|
|Edition description:||This Second Is Adjusted to the New Standards and Categories of the Act. ed.|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.04(d)|
About the Author
Born in the Netherlands, I was at first unfamiliar with the concepts of the ACT, and I was sure that my daughters' activities, volunteer hours, and leadership positions would give them a great scholarship. Little did I know how much emphasis colleges put on the numbers of the American College Test, the ACT; In Kentucky a one-point difference (just 6 questions) can automatically increase your scholarship by $4500.00 or more.
I decided to analyze every question that my oldest daughter missed, and I found my first pattern: she missed four out of five circle questions. "I know. I hate cylinder problems," she said. That day, we drove to Cincinnati, and before we were even halfway I had taught her every circle formula, forwards and backwards. "Give me a HARD problem, Dad," she would say. Back home, she flew over her previously-missed circle questions and nailed every one of them.
Having just started the Montessori High School in town, I then analyzed each of the missed questions of my students in their PLAN and EXPLORE tests. Every student received a report with the top categories in which they had made the most mistakes, and they integrated exercises and missed questions into their homework assignments. As I had studied Instructional Design at the University of Kentucky, I wanted to find out how I could best teach the necessary skills for the ACT.
By the time my youngest daughter was a junior, I had built up an extensive set of skills pertaining to the ACT, and I took every test that she took as well. I made 1-page handouts and mini quizzes for every area in which she and her friends needed help. "Can you make me a page that contains every math formula that I will need on the ACT?" she asked innocently. Soon this handout was known as "The Beast" and made its way to Morehead State University and even India.
By now, I had become a full-time college planner as one of the owners of "Class 101" in Lexington. I took every ACT that I could find and discovered more and more patterns that I organized in my own system, called trendsheets. Currently, if a student takes a test, my trendsheets reveal within minutes of completion where they made their mistakes. As the ACT is a standardized test, each version is very similar and therefore very predictable. Most of my students are able to improve their scores three points or more by mastering areas that previously cost them points. My trendsheets help them to set short-term goals to improve instead of looking at the daunting task to work on EVERYTHING.
Now that both my girls are in college, I have put all the handouts, quizzes and trendsheets in a book, that is appropriately called Analyze your ACT. It took me two years to complete an overview that covers every aspect of the test: how to be a better reader, how to avoid mistakes in graphs and tables, and even how to get the area of an equilateral triangle ( 1/2 S*1/2 S*√3).
Now all parents can work along their child on test-taking skills, grammar rules, and formulas and analyze a student's ACT. Most importantly, each student can increase his or her score by focusing on one area at a time with 1-page handouts and 1-page quizzes.
I wish the best of luck to those for WHOM this book is written.
Winni lives in Lexington, KY, with his wife Ania.
Table of Contents
How To Use This Book 1
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
KNOWLEDGE OF LANGUAGE
Pronouns - Types 64
Pronouns - Tips 65
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
Redundancy in Paragraphs 115
Purpose Questions - Main Idea 119
English Test 1 122 English Test 2 142
English Test 2 142
NUMBER & QUANTITY
Exponents and Roots 194
Irrational/Imaginary Numbers 198
Simple Equations 202
Absolute Value 206
Quadratic Equations 210
Translations (Word Problems) 218
Basic Shapes 222
Angles and Triangles 228
Special Triangles 231
The Coordinate Plane 238
Pythagorean Theorem 240
Linear Equations 258
Trigonometry Review 262
The Matrix 278
THE BEAST 297
Math Test 1 300
Math Test 2 320
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
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
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 - 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