ACT Test Prep Books and Resources – ISBNs and Best Prices

The ACT or the SAT test score is the popular admissions benchmark among colleges in US. Earlier the ACT was the accepted norm among mid-western and southern US; elsewhere in the country SAT reigned. Long gone are those days and now choosing between the two is purely a personal preference. With a customized conversion chart universities compare the SAT Test scores and ACT Test scores. The onus is upon the student to reference the conversion chart from the concerned website.

To ease the confusion on choosing between the tests consider these points:
  1. Those with an excellent overall GPA will fare better with ACT Test, as math is explored in depth. Admirable grammar and vocabulary skills aid those considering the SAT option.
  2. The testing fee for ACT is comparable to SAT as the basic fee for SAT is $43 compared to $39.50 for ACT Test. With the optional writing section, the fee increases to $56.50 for ACT and $54.50 for SAT.
  3. The ACT Test comprises of four sections - English, Math, Reading, and Science with 215 questions between them - English: 75 questions (45 minutes), Math: 60 questions (60 minutes), Reading: 40 questions (35 minutes), and Science: 40 questions (35 minutes) timed at 2 hours 55 minutes total. The optional writing test is 30 minutes. The SAT Test takes longer – 3 hours 45 minutes and includes a total of nine sub-sections spread over Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. Despite being longer, the sub-sections and the breaks in between make it seem the SAT test moves faster. 

    Check-out their website for more details.

    Note: College Board debut a redesigned SAT for Spring 2016. The main changes are: a) 1600-point system with optional essay and b) no penalty for wrong answers. Other differences include a focus on fewer areas in the Math section, dropping obscure vocabulary not generally used in college and career, and an emphasis on the use of evidence to support answers. Also, there is a new initiative with Khan Academy to contain the cost of test preparation.

    Score Choice is available with ACT and SAT Test. One can choose which score to report to colleges with either test.

    Below is a list of study resources available ACT Test Prep:


    ResourceFormat/Media OptionsBest PriceDescription
    Cracking the ACT with 6 Practice Tests by Princeton Review
    • Kindle Edition at $16.99
    • Paperback: 978-0804125505 at $12.49.
    $12.496 full-length practice tests (4 in the book, 2 online) with answers & explanations, test-cracking techniques, drills & questions, and review of all sections in the ACT Test.
    Kaplan ACT Strategies, Practice and Review with 6 Practice Tests: Book + Online + DVD
    • Kindle Edition at $9.99
    • Paperback: 978-162531413 at $12.41.
    $9.996 full-length practice tests (3 in the book and 3 online), 1,300 practice questions and explanations, 12 expert video tutorials, and adaptive online interface.
    ACT Prep Black Book: The Most Effective ACT Strategies Ever Published
    • Kindle Edition at $9.99
    • Paperback: 978-0692027912 at $19.98.
    $9.99The Black Book is designed for use with the authentic ACT questions in the "Red Book," which is the Real ACT Prep Guide (see below). It shows you how to beat the ACT, while the Red Book gives you real ACT questions to practice with.
    Barron's ACT 36: Aiming for the Perfect Score
    • Kindle Edition at $9.99
    • Paperback: 978-1438006253 at $13.94.
    $9.99Strategies that go beyond covering the basics: provides extra-challenging practice questions in all ACT Test areas.
    5 lb. Book of ACT Practice Problems
    • Kindle Edition at $9.99
    • Paperback: 978-1941234501 at $10.87.
    $9.991800+ practice problems with step-by-step explanation of each. Diagnostic test with topical result analysis. Complete coverage of every ACT question type.
    Barron's ACT Flash Cards
    • Kindle Edition at $16.99
    • Cards: 978-0764167683 at $14.04.
    $14.04400+ Flash Cards that covers all five sections of the ACT Test. Tips and strategies, important facts, and practice problems.
    Up Your Score: ACT: The Underground Guide
    • Kindle Edition at $9.95
    • Paperback: 978-0761184492 at $9.98.
    $9.95Designed by a top tutor and 4 kids who earned perfect scores. Covers changes to the ACT Test for 2015.
    The Official ACT Prep Guide
    • Kindle Edition at $17.81
    • Paperback: 978-1119225416 at $26.
    $17.81The only guide to include three real ACT Tests.
    The Real ACT Prep Guide978-1119236412$35Official Guide (old version - 2016 reprint of 2011 edition) with Five Real ACT Tests.
    Boost Your Score! The Unofficial Software Guide to the Real ACTB002MS69OE$15 Four real ACT tests with comprehensive analysis of student performance. Resource Database.
    McGraw-Hill ACT Practice Tests978-0071736978$14Strategies, Study Plan, and ten practice tests with additional ones online. Explanations for each question.
    Dissecting the ACT: ACT Test Preparation Advice of a Perfect Scorer978-0984221219$9.95Original analysis insights and strategies based on real tests to help achieve a perfect score!
    Crash Course for the ACT by Princeton Review
    • Kindle Edition at $9.99
    • Paperback: 978-0375765872 at $8.11.
    $8.11Last Minute preparation focus with strategies, practice questions, and answer explanations.
    The ACT for Dummies
    • Kindle Edition at $9.99
    • Paperback: 978-0764596520 at $13.88.
    $9.99Review chapters for all four sections of the exam, two complete practice tests, sample questions, and test-taking strategies to maximize the score for the rest of us! There is a version with online practice tests for slightly more.




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