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Best ACT Test Prep Books

written by: Tia Ahmed•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 6/13/2010

There are many that claim to have or know the best prep book for ACT test readiness. While it is true most prep books allow students to engage in the same level as every other prep book, it is important to distinguish the best of all these best prep books and to learn to avoid false advertising.

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    The ACT in a Nutshell

    The ACT is designed to measure a student's academic progress. It is used for the purpose of entering into higher education institutions. More information about the ACT and the difference between the ACT and the SAT can be found here.

    The ACT measures key components such as scientific reasoning, mathematical skills, reading comprehension and writing ability. Although the writing section is not scored, it is sent along with the scores to the colleges one has applied to. Many believe the writing section is used by some institutes as another form of criteria they use to filter applicants so doing well in that section will greatly increase chances of entering into the institute.

    Since it is very important to get top scores or high scores in the ACT, many books have been discussing the ACT and how to beat it. The Princeton Review is among the top sellers, but it is not the best of the best. No, in fact, the best prep book for ACT test readiness is authored not by scholars or highly prestigious academies, but by two teenagers, Raviji Raju and Silpa Raju.

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    Why Dissecting the ACT 2.0 is the Best ACT Prep Book

    The authors of Dissecting the ACT 2.0 are perfect scorers of the ACT test and therefore their tips can be more valid and credible than by some company who has no proof of the claim that their hints and advice will help anyone score better. These authors are young, and brilliant minded. They effortlessly dissected the ACT and all its components so that the future generations will be able to get the scores they deserve.

    The book is thinner in size, full of examples, and packed with formatting hints and tips. They provide examples of the actual tests that were released in previous years instead of the invalid use of coming up with their own questions. What is interesting about this book is that it focuses on trying to beat time instead of getting a right answer. The authors predict that most students run out of time and therefore end up guessing or leaving a lot of questions blank.

    The prep book is designed in a fashion to counteract negative self-esteem issues by promoting discipline. Although the young authors do not know this, their marketing strategy was also ingenious. These authors kept the price of their prep book at a mere $10 when the actual worth of the knowledge gained by this book is almost priceless.

    It is the best selling book on Amazon.com and the best contender among the biggest sellers such as Princeton Review and Kaplan. If you wanted to take the ACT test, no other book can provide better tools than this one. It provides real solutions, accurate test problems, a solid validity that the tips had helped the authors get a perfect score, and to boost self confidence through self-discipline.

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    The Rest of the Prep Books and Why They Fail to Provide Good Scores

    So why is this the best prep book for ACT test readiness? One thing that most prep books lack is the validity of their tests. They come up with test questions, but cannot scientifically prove their effectiveness. While the teen authors provide the actual ACT test, the rest provide what the test might look like. You don't want something that simply looks like the official test, you want the official test and you want the official test explained.