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The Official SAT Study Guide

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

56 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

Necessary, but incomplete

I have been tutoring students in the SAT for over 15 years, and earn over $300 an hour for my services in a major metropolitan area, but I don't want to promote myself here. Since most students out there can't afford an expensive tutor, let me give you the lowd...
I have been tutoring students in the SAT for over 15 years, and earn over $300 an hour for my services in a major metropolitan area, but I don't want to promote myself here. Since most students out there can't afford an expensive tutor, let me give you the lowdown on this book. PROS: '1' practice tests from the real test makers, '2' realistic score results, unlike those from PR and Kaplan and such, '3' no-nonsense test skills advice, although this is a bit sparse. CONS: '1' No answer explanations, which are CRUCIAL to solid score improvement, '2' no skills lessons or vocabulary review, which are likewise essential. If you want the best self-preparation available, pair this book with McGraw-Hill's 'SAT 2009.' Use this for practice tests, and use the McGraw-Hill book for everything else. Also, if you're serious about improving your score, start 3 months before you plan to take the test. The MH book gives you an excellent self-diagnostic program. And lastly, avoid the gimmicky books that teach you the 'sneaky tricks.' They're bogus. Last piece of advice: read the New York Times Op-Ed page every day, and the Science Times on Tuesdays. On SAT day, you'll be glad you did!!

posted by Anonymous on September 16, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Just took SAT

The only thing I used this book for were the practice test. This book is extremely confusing and doesn't prepare you for the test. I reccomend getting the Princeton Review, it's relatively simple yet it really helps by giving you more excercises and drills.

posted by Anonymous on March 1, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2008

    Just took SAT

    The only thing I used this book for were the practice test. This book is extremely confusing and doesn't prepare you for the test. I reccomend getting the Princeton Review, it's relatively simple yet it really helps by giving you more excercises and drills.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2006

    Right or Wrong ?

    It was fustrating because there were no explanations !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2006

    an incoming junior

    i took the SAT as a sophomore and did bad. This book did not really help, but it just shows wat's on da SAT

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2004

    Wow... I feel ripped off.

    I bought this book because it was the only 'Official' book for the New SAT. It has 8 practice tests, which offers plenty of practice. However, 95% of the Critical Reading and Math material on the test is from 10 Real SATs. All of the Writing Section questions are from the PSAT Bulletin. The only things unique about the book is the essay prompts in the Practice Tests. Skip it if you already have old SAT guides. According to this book, New SAT=Old SAT+Crummy Essay.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    Only redeem quality is that it is cheaper here at bn then on the

    Only redeem quality is that it is cheaper here at bn then on the actual website.

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