Saturday, July 11, 2015

Acing the ACT by Elizabeth King



The title promises to help students navigate tricky questions and discover secrete strategies to help one ace one of the most feared tests facing teens.

My initial impressions of the book:
  • Tiny compared to other ACT study books (we own 4)
  • Written in a conversational style (as if you are sitting down for a tutoring session)
  • Great tool for the person who put off studying until the week or night before the test
  • Explains the most common mistakes in grammar areas
  • Lists math formulas to memorize
While the book does not offer sample tests, I think what it does cover is extremely valuable.  We've had multiple books with practice tests in them and they have not been touched by my kids who took the ACT already. It takes a very dedicated student to weed through practice tests.   

This book on the other hand is a far less intimidating book that could be read in a few hours.  It really condenses the very best advice into a small space.  I handed it to my twelve year old and he found it quite fascinating and I think it will help take away some of the fear of what he'll face when he takes the ACT for the first time.  

I would highly encourage giving this book to graduating eighth graders to demystify the testing process and help them approach the ACT with greater confidence and less anxiety.  This author presents some bare essentials that any test taker can benefit from.  Highly recommended!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Acing the ACT from Blogging for Books for the purpose of review. 

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