CliffsNotes Cram Plans

True to CliffsNotes form, these test prep books provide three different game plans to best use a student's limited time before taking the exam: two months, one months, or one week. Start with a diagnostic test to highlight areas of need (scoring worksheets are included). Then dig in to specific areas. A full-length practice test, scoring instructions and answer explanations are included in each book, along with brief directions for using a graphing calculator.

The SAT book hones in on English and Math skills. Get brief review, tips, and practice on sentence completion, grammar and usage, vocabulary study, critical reading passages and the essay. In math, start out with a review of working with numbers. Then tackle algebra and functions; geometry; probability, statistics, and data analysis; and finally, review logic and problem solving questions. 308 pgs, pb.

The ACT book offers a thorough review of grammar usage and mechanics. Then concentrate on improving reading strategies. A major bulk of the book then reviews strategies for the Math portion of the test: pre-algebra; elementary and intermediate Algebra; coordinate and plane geometry; and trigonometry. Finally, review science concepts. Twenty three additional pages provide tips on tackling the timed essay. An in-depth list of common math formulas and theorems is included. 353 pgs, pb. ~ Ruth

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