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  • Copyright 2006
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3443-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3443-3

If you are amongst the 2 million high school students taking the ACT this year, listen up. The ACT Exam Cram is a focused, to-the-point study aid that will help you study quicker and score higher. Each section covers one topic of the exam: reading, math, science reasoning, and the new writing assignment. The guide includes:

  • Examples and practice questions for each topic.
  • Sample answers for the writing assignment.
  • A full-length practice exam that covers all four topic areas.
  • The "Cram Sheet" tear-card that condenses exam highlights for last minute review.
If you want to know what to expect from the ACT exam, the ACT Exam Cram is the way to go.

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapters

Tackling the Writing Process

Tackling the Writing Process for the ACT Exam

Table of Contents




1. Punctuation and Parts of Speech.

    What to Expect on the ACT English Test


    Basic Grammar and Usage

      Parts of Speech

      Subject-Verb Agreement

      Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

      Coordinating Conjunctions

      Subordinating Conjunctions

    Sentence Structure

    Main Idea


    Sentence and Paragraph Style

    Word Choice

    The Plan

    Exam Prep Questions

    Exam Prep Answers

2. Reading Comprehension and Responses.

    What to Expect on the ACT Reading Test

    The Content Areas

    Prose Fiction

    Social Science


    Natural Science

    What You'll Need to Know

    Exam Prep Questions

      Prose Fiction


    Exam Prep Answers

3. Tackling the Writing Process.

    What to Expect on the ACT Writing Test

    Preparing for the ACT Writing Test

    The Plan





    More Practice

    Exam Prep Writing Prompts

    Exam Prep Possible Responses


4. Pre-Algebra and Elementary Algebra.


    Numbers and Properties

      Types of Numbers

      Operations with Positive and Negative Numbers

      Absolute Value

      Scientific Notation


    Roots and Powers



    Order of Operations

    Number Patterns

      Factor Versus Multiple


      GCF and LCM


      Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences


      Fractions and Operations

      Converting Fractions to Decimals

      Repeating Decimals

      Fraction Word Problems


      Percent Increase and Decrease

    Ratios and Proportions

    Mean, Median, and Mode




    Algebraic Expressions

      Evaluating Expressions

      Adding and Subtracting Like Terms

      Multiplying Expressions with Variables

    Factoring Algebraic Expressions

      Factoring Out a Common Term

      Factoring x2+bx+c

      The Difference of Two Squares

    Solving Linear Equations

      Solving for a Variable in Terms of Other Variables

    Word Problems

      Translating to English

      Rate Problems


      Composition of Functions

    Probability and Possibility

      Fundamental Counting Principle

      Permutations and Combinations

      Probability Rules

    Exam Prep Questions

    Exam Prep Answers

5. Intermediate Algebra and Coordinate Graphing.


    Solving Advanced Equations

      Solving Equations That Contain Fractions

      Solving Equations with Absolute Value

      Solving Equations with Expressions Under Square Root Symbols

      Solving Inequalities

      Solving Inequalities with Absolute Value

    Solving Systems of Linear Equations

      Operations with Matrices

    Solving Quadratics

      Solving Exponential Equations


    Coordinate Geometry

      Graphing Lines

      Finding the Distance Between Two Points

      Graphing Circles

      Graphing Parabolas

      Graphing Ellipses

      Graph Transformations

      Piecewise Functions

    Exam Prep Questions

    Exam Prep Answers

6. Plane Geometry and Trigonometry.


    Geometry Notation

    Essential Geometry Terms

    Types of Angles

      Parallel Lines and Transversals



    Pythagorean Theorem

    Pythagorean Triples

    Polygons and Quadrilaterals


    Parts of a Circle

      Area and Circumference of a Circle



      Surface Area


    Basic Trigonometric Functions

      Acute Angles

      Other Angles

    Cos and Sin Graphs

    Trigonometric Equations

    Exam Prep Questions

    Exam Prep Answers


7. Science: Data Representation.

    What to Expect from the Science Exam

      Scanning the Passage

      The Questions

    Managing Time

    Reading Graphs and Data Tables for Information

      Mental Graphing

      Recognizing Abbreviations

    Interpolating and Extrapolating

    Experimental Design

      The Independent Variable

      The Dependent Variable

      Fitting a Line

    Exam Prep Questions

    Exam Prep Answers

8. Experimental Design.

    The Experimental Design Portion of the Science Reasoning Exam

    The Parts of an Experiment

    Determining Whether a Hypothesis Is Supported by the Data

      Example: Numbers of Fish Species at Various Points Within Three Streams

      Answers with Explanations

    Making Predictions from the Results of an Experiment

      Example: Numbers of Fish Species at Various Points Within Four Streams

      Answer with Explanation

    Ordering Data Sets from Least to Most

      Example: Solubility of Various Types of Salt

      Answers with Explanations

    Understanding Changes in the Experimental Design

      Example: Environmental Factors Affecting Tomato Plant Growth

      Answers with Explanations

    Comparing Data from Different Experiments

      Example: Measuring Tree Water Use

      Answers with Explanations

    Integrating Different Viewpoints

      Example: Airplane Wings and Lift

      Answers with Explanations

    Exam Prep Questions

    Exam Prep Answers


9. Practice Exam.

    What's It All About

    Sample Test

      ACT English Assessment

      ACT Reading Assessment

      Math Test

      Science Reasoning Test

      ACT Writing Assessment

10. Answers to Practice Exam.





    Scoring Your Sample Test

      How to Grade Your Sample Test


Appendix A. Need to Know More?

    Chapter 1: English

    Chapter 2: Reading

    Chapter 3: Writing

    Chapters 4, 5, 6: Math

    Chapter 7: Data Representation

    Chapter 8: Research Summaries and Conflicting Viewpoints




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