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18263 Preparing ACT 2012-13_5003 AAP Prep for ACT 6/8/12 9:34 AM Page 1

2012–2013

PREPARING FOR THE ACT

What’s Inside


Full-Length Practice Tests, including
a Writing Test
■ Information about the Optional
Writing Test
■ Strategies to Prepare for the Tests
■ What to Expect on Test Day

Esta publicación también se
puede ver o descargar en español en
www.actstudent.org/testprep/index.html.

This booklet is provided free of charge.

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Contents
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Additional ACT
Preparation Materials

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General Preparation for the ACT Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Strategies for Taking the ACT Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 What to Expect on Test Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Taking the Practice Tests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Practice Multiple-Choice Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Practice Writing Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 5. Scoring Your Tests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 How to Score the Multiple-Choice Tests . . . . . . . . 57

How to Score the Writing Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 6. Sample Answer Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Multiple-Choice Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Writing Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75





ACT Online Prep™: The only online test preparation
program designed exclusively by ACT test
development professionals. ACT Online Prep has
practice test questions, a practice essay with real-time
scoring, a diagnostic test, and a personalized Study
Path. You can access ACT Online Prep via the Internet
anywhere and at any time.
The Real ACT Prep Guide is the official print guide
to the ACT. This book includes five complete practice
tests previously used in actual administrations—each
with an optional Writing Test, with explanations for
all right and wrong answer choices.

Order at www.actstudent.org/testprep.

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General Preparation
for the ACT Tests

A Message to Students
This booklet, which is provided free of charge, is intended
to help you do your best on the ACT. It summarizes general
test-taking strategies, describes the content of each test,
provides specific tips for each, and lets you know what to
expect on test day. Included in this booklet are complete
practice tests—“retired” ACT questions that were
administered to students on a national test date, including
a writing prompt—a sample answer document, answer
keys, and self-scoring instructions.

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Choosing a Test Option
Students may register for one of two Test Options: the
ACT (No Writing), which includes the four required multiplechoice tests, or the ACT Plus Writing, which also includes a 30-minute Writing Test. The optional ACT Writing Test
complements the ACT English Test. The combined results
from both tests provide information about your
understanding of the conventions of standard written
English and your ability to produce a direct sample of your
writing. Taking the ACT Plus Writing will provide you with
two additional scores: a Writing subscore and a Combined
English/Writing score. Taking the ACT Writing Test does not
affect your subject area scores or your Composite score.

Read this booklet carefully and take the practice tests well before test day so you will be familiar with the tests, what they measure, and the strategies you can use to do your
best on test day.
ACT is committed to representing the diversity of our
society in all its aspects, including race, ethnicity, and
gender. Thus, test passages, questions, and writing
prompts are deliberately chosen to reflect the range of
cultures in our population.

Not all colleges require or recommend taking the ACT
Writing Test. Check directly with the colleges you are
considering to find out their requirements, or ask your...
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