Acing the ACT – a review

Review of: Acing the ACT
book by:
Elizabeth King

Reviewed by:
On September 28, 2017
Last modified:September 28, 2017


A streamlined prep guide for the ACT featuring concise lessons that will boost scores dramatically by teaching students how the questions are asked and the best strategies for getting to the right answer quickly.

Acing the ACT

Acing the ACT–a perfect, catchy phrase for this tool book!

Is the ACT approaching for someone in your family? If you’re a homeschooler like I am, you’re likely familiar with ACT preparation. If not, you soon may be.

The ACT can seem daunting to parents and kids. Parents likely remember having taken it themselves. Some take it multiple times, while some are lucky to take it once-and-done.

If you’re like me, you likely have multiple ACT prep books at your disposal. The big, huge guides with practice tests and answers, suggestions, etc.

Acing the ACT by Elizabeth King is not one of those huge books. This is a handy, pocket guide of 146 pages filled with tips and reminders.

Inside the book are suggestions for memorizing, how to strategically move through the test, and ideas for answering certain questions. Each section of the ACT has tips and suggestions specific to those categories.

Acing the ACT is a guide is easy to read, is to the point, and isn’t daunting or intimidating. I highly recommend parents of high schoolers to equip themselves with this guide to help you along the way.

About the Author

Author Elizabeth King has 14 years of experience prepping students all over the world for the SAT, ACT, GRE, and other college admissions standardized tests. Her distinct approach to test prep has been published in her two books, Outsmarting the SAT (’08) and Acing the ACT (’15, both Ten Speed/Random House), and she is the founder of the 501c3 non-profit Agency For Emerging Voices, Inc., which researches indicators of educational outcomes not driven by schools.

Elizabeth is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College (2001) and holds a special Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Economics, which essentially marries economics and math with art history and studio art. As a professional writer, she is the co-author of Winning the Customer (McGraw-Hill ’11) with Lou Imbriano, former CMO of the New England Patriots, and she is currently ghost writing a memoir with a client in Boston and co-authoring another with a client based in the U.K.

Outside of test preparation, Elizabeth has served as an academic coach and home school facilitator. Early in her career she designed and taught an entire SACS-accredited individualized 9th grade curriculum one-on-one to a student with special needs.

Always interested in blazing her own trail, Elizabeth was highlighted by Fast Company as part of “Generation Flux.” She has been quoted in the New York Times for her thoughts about testing and has appeared all over national radio, including the Oprah Radio Network and Business Radio @ Wharton. She has served on several advisory boards in the education arena for the Office of the Mayor of West Palm Beach, FL and is a founding board member of the North Shore Music Festival, a New York 501c3. She has served as a volunteer mentor for Startup Weekend on several occasions, as well as gone on to directly advise companies emerging from that program, including one which appeared on the television show Shark Tank.

Elizabeth has been a tutor trainer and prep guide editor for Let’s Get Ready, another New York 501c3 dedicated to preparing under served students for college. Her generous spirit and tough-mindedness bring out the best in her students.

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