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The Official SAT Study Guide

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

58 out of 59 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 January 9, 2010

    Okay but...

    You need Moodle or some type of link to your school website as we used this along with school site. Wasn't as good as other SAT books I've used.
    However, everyone is different and I encourage you to take time to look at many books before choosing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    Didn't help much

    It didn't help much because when I got a question wrong I had no clue why !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2004

    Okay

    This book is okay... I bought it because I thought since the college board made it it might help... but the advice is the same from the previous edition. The practice tests help though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    A reference/guide book for college selection

    In comparing this with the Barrons equivalent I wish I would have bought the Barrons.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Just okay not great

    jUST OKAY

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    not sure which to get

    i have heard a lot about this book some bad but most good.i'm not sure which books to get but by what i heard i would get this one.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2005

    Okay, but not great

    Ok, this book is an ok book...It is relaible because it is written by collegeboard. But I dont find this book that helpful because there are no explanations to the tests.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2004

    it's okay.

    this book is ok. it doesnt really help me at all. the tips and practice questions in the book were all the same like all the other test prep books. there is nothing new in there. studying from old sat is probably better than try studying in the new sat prep book since no one has seen the new sat yet.

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