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Library JournalGuides for maximizing scores on the SAT and other standardized admissions tests are a popular area for publishers. Quite often, their products blend into one another, but that's not the case here. Johnson (founder, PrepMatters) and Eskelsen (tutor, PrepMatters) take a different approach. Rather than providing lists of vocabulary words and math problems aimed at helping students maximize their score, the authors unlock the secrets of how the test is constructed. Through promoting an understanding of that process, they give parents and students strategies for lessening anxiety and doing well on the SAT. The authors examine the various sections of the test, explain why people underperform, and provide strategies for doing well. They also look at factors such as learning differences, self-image, and the importance of self-confidence. Finally, they explain the value of goal setting and putting the SAT score in context as only a part of a student's educational plans. They offer examples of actual students and how they turned their particular principles into action. Throughout, the writing is lively and easy to digest. This book should be in the collection of every public and high school library, even if other SAT prep materials are there.