Which ACT Prep book should I get?
From my earlier question I’ve decided to take the ACT over the SAT but now the question is what prep book should I get. I thought SAT/ACT prep books were expensive but when I checked amazon I found some for $15-$30. But as I always do when I order something online I read the reviews which can kind of leave someone at a standstill.
I’ve looked up which books are the best and most websites say the same ones over and over again (the official ACT prep book, the black book, Kaplan, Prepscholar, and Magoosh) but when I read the reviews on all of the books some people say some faults each book has. Now I know no book can really be perfect and be the God of prep books but I might as well ask for help since this site kind of always guides me in the right direction lol. Right now I’m leaning on the Magoosh ACT Prep book because many people have said it’s very useful, fun, and provides strategies. Plus it’s only $20. So if anyone would like to share their opinion feel free.
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IMO each book caters to a specific individual and everyone has their own preferences. Personally I use Princeton Review and the Collegeboard books for SAT (ACT), Barrons for APs, the PSAT, and Sat Subject Tests, but neither Magoosh nor Kaplan. Ive used Kaplan in the past for PSAT prep and it was decent but not my speed since they don’t have lengthy explanations. I would use ACT since they basically teach you from the ground up, and they’ve included a more generic and wholistic approach to learning the subject. The book (at least for SAT) also includes some really helpful basic strategies to ensure you do well on each section. If you’e already nearing your target score and you want more of a fine-tune approach then that book might not be the best for you. It basically teaches you as if you know very little about how the ACT works and it’s a really supportive set of materials. I recommend PR :)
I got a 34 on my ACT and here were the two books I used:
ACT Prep Black Book: https://www.amazon.com/ACT-Prep-Black-Book-Strategies/dp/0692027912
- This gives tips on how to prep for the ACT in an effective way and helps reduce silly mistakes.
ACT official practice book: https://www.amazon.com/Official-ACT-Prep-Guide-2020/dp/1119685761/ref=pd_lpo_14_t_1/140-2035754-0192419?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1119685761&pd_rd_r=ee3817bc-cc73-4de4-90fa-2d5df5a642aa&pd_rd_w=dpapD&pd_rd_wg=UI0l4&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=6JV5DMZ2QZ0JXP8C5JY2&psc=1&refRID=6JV5DMZ2QZ0JXP8C5JY2
I think that the most helpful prep book would be the official ACT Prep book. They give you questions similar to the level of difficulty that the actual ACT gives. They also have answer explanations and lots of tips and strategies to help maximize your score. This book is also very affordable and well worth the expense.