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The combination of intensive subject review, expert strategies, and tons of practice makes Master the SAT 2008 a complete test prep solution.
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The combination of intensive subject review, expert strategies, and tons of practice makes Master the SAT 2008 a complete test prep solution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780768924848
  • Publisher: Peterson's
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: ARCO Master the SAT Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 11.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil Pine is the author of all editions of Master the SAT.
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Table of Contents

Before You Begin     xiii
How This Book Is Organized     xiii
The Diagnostic Practice Test and Process     xiii
Comprehensive Answer Explanations     xiv
Special Study Features     xiv
About the CD     xv
You're Well on Your Way to Success     xv
Give Us Your Feedback     xv
Top 10 Strategies to Raise Your Score     xvi
SAT Basics
All About the SAT     3
How the SAT Is Used for College Admission     3
When You Should Take the SAT (and SAT Subject Tests)     4
How Many Times Should You Take the SAT?     5
How to Register for the SAT     5
Get to Know the SAT Format     6
Get to Know the SAT Question Types     8
SAT Critical Reading Section     8
SAT Writing Section     11
SAT Math Section     16
The SAT Answer Sheet     19
How the SAT Is Scored     20
Some Test-Wise Strategies for SAT Success     21
Educated Guessing Will Boost Your Score!     22
Make an SAT Study Plan     24
Measuring Your Progress     25
Getting Ready: The Night Before and the Day of the Test     26
Summing It Up     28
Diagnosing Strengths and Weaknesses
Practice Test 1: Diagnostic     33
Preparing to Take the Diagnostic Test     33
Diagnostic     39
Answer Key and Explanations     77
Computing Your Scores     93
Pinpointing Relative Strengths and Weaknesses     93
Conversion Scales     94
Self-Evaluation Charts     95
Measuring Your Progress     96
SAT Critical Reading Strategies
Sentence Completion Strategies     99
A Closer Look at Sentence Completions     99
Basic Steps for Solving Sentence Completions     100
Strategies for Tackling the Most Difficult Sentence Completions     102
Exercises: Sentence Completions     107
Answer Key and Explanations     113
Summing It Up     116
Reading Strategies     117
A Closer Look at Critical Reading     117
Basic Steps for Answering Critical Reading Questions     119
The Most Important Critical Reading Tips     126
Strategies for Answering Specific Question Types     128
Exercises: Critical Reading     133
Answer Key and Explanations     145
Summing It Up      149
SAT Writing Strategies
Multiple-Choice Writing Strategies     153
A Closer Look at the Multiple-Choice Writing Section     153
Basic Strategies for Answering the Multiple-Choice Writing Questions     154
The Format for Identifying Sentence Errors Questions     155
Strategies for Answering Identifying Sentence Errors Questions     155
The Format for Improving Sentences Questions     156
Strategies for Answering Improving Sentences Questions     157
The Format for Improving Paragraph Questions     158
Strategies for Answering Improving Paragraph Questions     158
Exercises: Multiple-Choice Writing     160
Answer Key and Explanations     170
Summing It Up     174
The Writing Process and the SAT Essay     175
A Closer Look at the Essay Question     175
Prewriting     176
Writing the Introduction     177
Developing Your Ideas     179
Writing the Conclusion     181
The Scoring Rubric for the SAT Essay     183
Exercises: Practicing Your Essay Skills     187
Summing It Up     193
Guide to Good Writing     195
Agreement     196
Principal Parts of Verbs      201
Verb Tense     206
The Subjunctive Mood     207
Pronouns     209
Comparisons     212
Modifiers     215
Sentence Fragments     217
Run-on Sentences     219
Levels of Usage     222
Confusing Words     229
Capitalization     262
Punctuation     263
Summing It Up     275
Words, Words, and More Words     277
How Words Are Built     278
The Three Basic Word Parts and How They Work     278
List of Common Word Parts     279
The Best Ways to Learn New Words     291
Using Context Clues     291
Exercises: Word Parts     293
Answer Key     296
Summing It Up     297
SAT Math Review
Multiple-Choice Math Strategies     301
Why Multiple-Choice Math Is Easier     301
Solving Multiple-Choice Math Questions     302
Know When to Use Your Calculator     304
Learn the Most Important Multiple-Choice Math Tips     304
Exercises: Multiple-Choice Math     317
Answer Key and Explanations     322
Summing It Up      325
Grid-In Strategies     327
Why Grid-Ins Are Easier Than You Think     327
How to Record Your Answers     328
Guessing on Grid-Ins Can't Hurt You     332
Exercises: Grid-Ins     333
Answer Key and Explanations     339
Summing It Up     341
Numbers and Operations Review     343
Numbers and Number Systems     343
Exercises: Numbers and Number Systems     346
Answers and Explanations     347
Sets     348
Exercises: Sets     349
Answer Key and Explanations     351
Operations with Fractions     352
Exercises: Operations with Fractions     355
Answers and Explanations     356
Verbal Problems Involving Fractions     357
Exercises: Verbal Problems Involving Fractions     358
Answer Key and Explanations     361
Direct and Inverse Variation     362
Exercises: Direct and Inverse Variation     364
Answer Key and Explanations     366
Finding Percents     367
Exercises: Finding Percents     372
Answer Key and Explanations     373
Verbal Problems Involving Percent      374
Exercises: Verbal Problems Involving Percent     377
Answer Key and Explanations     379
Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences     381
Exercises: Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences     383
Answer Key and Explanations     385
Summing It Up     386
Basic Algebra Review     387
Signed Numbers     387
Exercises: Signed Numbers     388
Answer Key and Explanations     389
Linear Equations     390
Exercises: Linear Equations     393
Answer Key and Explanations     395
Exponents     396
Exercises: Exponents     397
Answer Key and Explanations     398
Quadratic Equations     399
Exercises: Quadratic Equations     402
Answer Key and Explanations     403
Literal Expressions     404
Exercises: Literal Expressions     405
Answer Key and Explanations     407
Roots and Radicals     408
Exercises: Roots and Radicals     410
Answer Key and Explanations     411
Monomials and Polynomials     412
Exercises: Monomials and Polynomials     415
Answer Key and Explanations     416
Problem-Solving in Algebra     417
Exercises: Problem-Solving in Algebra     421
Answer Key and Explanations     422
Inequalities     423
Exercises: Inequalities     425
Answer Key and Explanations     427
Defined Operation Problems     428
Exercises: Defined Operation Problems     429
Answer Key and Explanations     430
Summing It Up     431
Geometry Review     433
Geometric Notation     433
Angle Measurement     434
Intersecting Lines     436
Perimeter     437
Area     437
Circles     439
Volume     441
Triangles     441
Parallel Lines     445
Polygons     446
Coordinate Geometry     448
Exercises: Geometry     452
Answer Key and Explanations     456
Summing It Up     460
Functions and Intermediate Algebra Review     461
Functions     461
Exercises: Functions     464
Answer Key and Explanations     466
Integer and Rational Exponents      467
Exercises: Integer and Rational Exponents     470
Answer Key and Explanations     472
Solving Complex Equations     473
Exercises: Solving Complex Equations     476
Answer Key and Explanations     477
Linear and Quadratic Functions     479
Exercises: Linear and Quadratic Functions     483
Answer Key and Explanations     485
Summing It Up     486
Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability Review     487
Averages     487
Exercises: Averages     491
Answer Key and Explanations     493
Counting and Permutations     495
Exercises: Counting and Permutations     497
Answer Key and Explanations     499
Probability     500
Exercises: Probability     502
Answer Key and Explanations     504
Data Interpretation     505
Exercises: Data Interpretation     509
Answer Key and Explanations     511
Summing It Up     512
Five Practice Tests
Preface to the Practice Tests     515
Simulate Test-Taking Conditions     515
Timing Drills Can Help When You Are Short on Time     516
Summing It Up     519
Practice Test 2     525
Answer Key and Explanations     561
Computing Your Scores     578
Conversion Scales     579
Self-Evaluation Charts     580
Practice Test 3     585
Answer Key and Explanations     621
Computing Your Scores     638
Conversion Scales     639
Self-Evaluation Charts     640
Practice Test 4     645
Answer Key and Explanations     681
Computing Your Scores     697
Conversion Scales     698
Self-Evaluation Charts     699
Practice Test 5     705
Answer Key and Explanations     743
Computing Your Scores     758
Conversion Scales     759
Self-Evaluation Charts     760
Practice Test 6     765
Answer Key and Explanations     802
Computing Your Scores     819
Conversion Scales     820
Self-Evaluation Charts     821
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