Best Books for ACT Preparation in 2023

1. The Official ACT Prep Guide 2022-2023

This book stands out immediately because it is the only guide directly from the ACT test makers. Not only is it made by the same people who put together the ACT, but the book includes actual ACT test forms from past exams. So, all the practice is derived from the test by the test makers. If you are looking for ACT test practice that is as close to the actual ACT as possible, The Official ACT Prep Guide can not be beaten. You can count on this book to give you the most accurate representation of ACT format, timing, and wording.

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2. ACT Prep Black Book: The Most Effective ACT Strategies

The ACT Prep Black Book is unique in its approach to preparing for the ACT. Mike Barret, the author and an ACT Tutor, focuses his test prep on giving students a thorough understanding of the makeup of the test itself, which can then be used to strategically take the test. If you are looking for a book that will teach you material or concepts on the test, this is likely not the best choice for you. If you are confident in the material you know, but struggle with test anxiety or lack test-taking skills you may benefit from devoting your test prep to learning test strategies and better understanding the ACT itself.

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3. Kaplan ACT Prep Plus 2023

Kaplan is an official partner of the ACT and is widely recognized for their test prep materials. Their expertise is reflected in the quality and quantity of review material in ACT Prep Plus. Kaplan’s ACT Prep Plus offers a full year of access to online test prep material. Online you will find 5 full-length practice tests, scoring and analysis of one practice test, answer explanations for all practice tests, quizzes, and video lessons covering ACT test material. The Kaplan ACT Prep Plus offers a lot of material and is very thorough test prep.

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4. Princeton Review ACT Premium Prep

Princeton Review ACT Premium Prep offers both thorough study material and individualized support throughout your test prep. A full review of each subject is accompanied by practice questions and drills to apply what you’re learning. 8 full-length practice tests are included, four in the book and four online which come with instant score reports, essays can even be scored using an optional LiveGrader. Students can access online video tutorials for further explanation on topics in the book and receive customized multi-week study plans.

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5. Barron’s ACT Premium Study Guide

Barron’s ACT is backed by strong reviews from students and educators for its unmatched thoroughness in ACT preparation. This book also stands out for its commitment to individualizing and optimizing test reviews. Your test prep begins with a full-length diagnostic test. With instructions from the book, you can use your diagnostic test results to better understand what areas you need to study most. Barron’s Test Prep then offers study plan recommendations based on the amount of time until your test day. Each subject is broken down for a traditional and thorough review of the main concepts. Barron’s Test Prep offers easy, medium, and hard practice passages that you can choose from based on your needs and abilities.

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6. Ultimate Guide to the Math ACT

If you have decided to focus a large part of your ACT test prep on improving your math section, this book can function as an added tool along with The Official ACT Prep Guide. Ultimate Guide to the Math ACT is divided into two sections. First, the book will thoroughly review all the math concepts you need to know while taking the ACT. Each lesson is followed by multiple choice questions with answer explanations.

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7. Barron’s ACT Flash Cards

Creating your own study set of flashcards for the ACT would take up more of your time than is likely efficient. Barron’s ACT Flash Cards have 400 cards that cover all five sections of the ACT. All cards contain test-taking tips and strategies along with subject material and practice questions. By introducing strategies before the subject material and practice questions students can practice applying the strategies as they study.

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