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For more than 20 years, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has delivered the lowdown on the nation’s best colleges from the only ones who know the real story-the students themselves.

Now, based on one of the largest surveys of high-scoring SAT-takers ever conducted, the Fiske Guide to Taking the SAT unlocks the secrets of the nation’s most feared standardized test. Every prep class, every tutor, every guidebook preaches their own too-good-to-be-true ...

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For more than 20 years, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has delivered the lowdown on the nation’s best colleges from the only ones who know the real story-the students themselves.

Now, based on one of the largest surveys of high-scoring SAT-takers ever conducted, the Fiske Guide to Taking the SAT unlocks the secrets of the nation’s most feared standardized test. Every prep class, every tutor, every guidebook preaches their own too-good-to-be-true system, many with "guarantees" straight from the pens of their advertising department. Now hear the truth that many students learn the hard way.

The Fiske Guide to Taking the SAT is the first book to take a critical look at the whole process of preparing for the test, from the inflated claims of the Test Prep Giants to the questionable statements of the College Board. You’ll learn:
-- The truth about raising your score-and why students from coast to coast say not to waste money on an expensive prep course
-- The ins and outs of the new Writing Section-and why it could be your key to a higher score
-- Why the new Math section really isn’t about math-and how you can teach yourself to beat it
-- The inside story of the new SAT-and why you shouldn’t believe everything the test makers say about it

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  • ISBN-13: 9781402201639
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction VII
1. Inside the New SAT 1
How the Test Will Change 4
The New PSAT and the National Merit Program 7
How Important Is the SAT? 10
What about the ACT? 13
ACT-SAT I Conversion Chart 14
Is It Possible to Psych Out the SAT? 15
What It Takes to Beat the SAT 18
Developing Your Own Approach 22
2. SAT Prep Courses: Straight Talk From Students 23
The Story behind the Survey 24
Eye-Opening Results 25
Princeton Review and Kaplan 26
Score Increase Claims: A Closer Look 27
Why the Myth Won't Go Away 29
Students Talk about Their Prep Courses 30
The Test-Prep Syndrome 32
A Closer Look at the Questionnaires 33
3. Taking Charge of Your SAT Prep 45
When Should I Take the SAT? 47
How Many Times Should I Take It? 50
Registering for the Tests 52
Late Registration and Score Reporting 54
Students with Disabilities 56
Making Your Own Prep Course 59
Beating Anxiety and Time Pressure 61
Your Game Plan 64
The Zen of Test Day 70
4. Writing 73
The Essay 73
Getting Your Brain in Gear 75
The First Paragraph 77
The Body and the Conclusion 82
The Nitty-Gritty of How to Prepare 90
Know Your Audience 92
Hitting the Fast-Forward Button 92
Keys to Success 93
Identifying Sentence Errors 94
Verb Tenses 102
Keys to Success 104
Improving Sentences 105
Style and Sentence Structure 108
Keys to Success 113
Improving Paragraphs 114
Keys to Success 123
5. Critical Reading 127
Sentence Completion 127
Keys to Success 136
The Old SAT: Analogies 137
But I've Never Seen These Words in My Life! 140
Reading Comprehension 141
Three Kinds of Passages 143
Paragraph-Length Passages 158
Honing Your Strategy 161
Finding the Point of View 165
Keys to Success 166
6. Math 169
It's Not about the Math 170
Inside the Bag of Tricks 172
Taking the Pressure Off 178
Grinning Through the Grid-ins 181
The Old SAT: Quantitative Comparison Questions 183
Oh Yeah, the Math 187
The New SAT's Math 194
Keys to Success 209
7. Word for Word: Quotes from the Students about Prep Courses 211
Students Who Took a Princeton Review Course 212
Students Who Took a Kaplan Course 216
One-on-One Tutoring 219
Acknowledgments 222
About the Authors 224
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