Act 2011-2012

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Effective through the 2011—2012 testing year.

PREPARING
for the ACT
What’s Inside:
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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

This booklet is provided free of charge.
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Contents
1. 2. 3. 4. 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 5. Scoring Your Tests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 How to Score the Multiple-Choice Tests . . . . . . . . 59 How to Score the Writing Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 6. Sample Answer Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Multiple-Choice Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Writing Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 ®

Additional ACT Preparation Materials
• 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. Order at www.actonlineprep.com. The Real ACT Prep Guide is the official print guide to the ACT. This book includes three 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.



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. 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. We also are committed to ensuring that test questions and writing prompts are fair—that they do not disadvantage any particular group of examinees. Extensive reviews of the fairness of test materials are rigorously conducted by both ACT staff and external consultants. We also employ statistical procedures to help ensure that our test materials do not unfairly affect the performance of any group.

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General Preparation for the ACT Tests
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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...
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