Yes, kids, there is an alternative to the big, bad SAT—it’s
called the ACT. And yes, there’s now an alternative to the big,
bad, boring ACT study books: Up Your Score: ACT, the prep and
survival guide with attitude.
Like Up Your Score: SAT, Up Your Score: ACT is the underground
guide for the 1.65 million kids who take the ACT every year (more
than take the SAT). It’s written by Chris Arp, age 26, a
Princeton graduate, along with his colleagues at Manhattan’s
prestigious Veritas Test Prep company and three high school
seniors who each scored an ACT-perfect 36. They take the
guerrilla guide Up Your Score approach of combining a thorough
knowledge of how the test works and the subjects it covers with
for-student, by-student tips and strategies; lively pop culture
references and jokes; and a fresh knowledge of what it’s like to
actually take the test.
Ace the reading section by developing the Five Habits of Lean
Forward Reading, including Treat reading like a conversation and
Pay attention to direction words. Master the math section through
techniques like “plugging in,” an amazing trick that simplifies
all algebra word problems. The ACT is heavy on grammar, so the
book delves into commas, semicolons, pronouns, transitions, and
more. It covers the science the way the test does—showing how to
use science reasoning. Plus—how to make GameFace Quintuple Sugar
Blast Bars for that needed burst of energy.