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1600 Perfect Score: The 7 Secrets of Acing the SAT
     

1600 Perfect Score: The 7 Secrets of Acing the SAT

by Tom Fischgrund
 

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Drawing on the first study of 1600 scorers conducted with the full cooperation of the College Board, here are the 7 secrets to success on the SAT -- and in life.

Every year roughly 2.3 million high school students take the SAT; of those, however, only 650 students on average achieve a perfect score of 1600. Such a statistic raises obvious questions:

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Drawing on the first study of 1600 scorers conducted with the full cooperation of the College Board, here are the 7 secrets to success on the SAT -- and in life.

Every year roughly 2.3 million high school students take the SAT; of those, however, only 650 students on average achieve a perfect score of 1600. Such a statistic raises obvious questions: Who are these kids? What are they like? And how do they do it?

In a new landmark study, educator and executive recruiter Tom Fischgrund became the first researcher ever granted comprehensive access to these high academic achievers by the College Board, the body that administers the SAT. Weaving together in-depth interviews with perfect-score students, insights from their parents, and exclusive College Board data, in 1600 Perfect Score he reveals the 7 secrets that separate the cream from the crop.

Among the Revelations

  • Attending small private schools (or any school with classes) doesn't always make a big difference ... but having strong family support does

  • Paying for expensive classes or tutors doesn'talways make a big difference ... but takinglots of practice tests at home does

  • Having a strongly motivating teacher doesn't always make a big difference ... but having an independent passion for learning definitely does

Packed with intriguing case studies and practical advice -- and tips from the 1600 scorers themselves -- this essential book brings hard data and a new, more human perspective to one of the greatest challenges parents everywhere face: how to make sure their children have the best chance to thrive in high school, college, and beyond.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Is your teen self-motivated, intellectually curious, an avid reader, and passionate about something outside of school? Does your teen have a strong supportive group of family and friends but relies on herself to create her own luck? If so, she may well be on the way to acing the SAT. If not, he might pick up a few insights presented by Fischgrund as the seven secrets for achieving this rare feat. He studied 160 of the 541 perfect-score students from the pool of 1.5 million taking the test in 2000. Fischgrund analyzes the students' self-reported information on such things as the amount of time spent reading, working, or watching television. He reports his findings using anecdotes from interviews with the students and their families. His conclusions both reinforce and negate many assumptions that parents have about raising smart kids. For example, "Of all the factors considered in the Perfect Score research, family stability proved to be one of the strongest in determining SAT scores. A full 90 percent of students who scored 1600 came from families in which neither parent was divorced." Although high school students could benefit from the Practical Advice section of the book, parents and teachers might profit from the seven secrets by focusing on the many aspects of success rather than the single score. 2003, Regan Books/HarperCollins, 320p.; Biblio., Ages adult professional.
—Ann T. Reddy Damon

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061738159
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
995 KB

Meet the Author

Tom Fischgrund is the author of The Insider's Guide to the Top Ten Business Schools and Barron's Top 50: An Inside Look at America's Best Colleges. A Ph.D. in political science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard, he has directed the public administration program at Clark University and is currently the president of Management Recruiters of Atlanta Perimeter Center. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.

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