SAT For Dummies

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The easy way to score your highest on the SAT

Whether you are a student struggling with math, reading, or writing essays, this updated edition of SAT For Dummies offers advice for tackling the toughest questions, as well as hints and tips for making the most of the time available to complete each section. You'll get the information you need to focus on the areas that are most problematic for you to ensure that you achieve the best possible ...

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Overview

The easy way to score your highest on the SAT

Whether you are a student struggling with math, reading, or writing essays, this updated edition of SAT For Dummies offers advice for tackling the toughest questions, as well as hints and tips for making the most of the time available to complete each section. You'll get the information you need to focus on the areas that are most problematic for you to ensure that you achieve the best possible score.

SAT For Dummies is for the millions of students who are preparing to take the SAT as part of the college application process. The SAT consists of nine separate, timed sections, which are broken down into 3 categories: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. This new edition of SAT For Dummies gives students the tools, tips, and test-taking strategies to overcome anxiety on any (and every) part of the test.

  • 5 full-length practice tests with detailed answers and explanations
  • Review of foundational concepts for every section, from identifying root words and using commas correctly to solving math word problems and using the quadratic formula
  • Complete explanations of every question type
  • Practice questions for each of the test's 9 sections

SAT For Dummies gives you the edge you need to successfully achieve the highest score possible!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118026083
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 134,807
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Geraldine Woods has prepared students for the SAT, both academically and emotionally, for the past three decades. She also teaches English and directs the independent-study program at the Horace Mann School in New York City. She is the author of more than 50 books, including English Grammar For Dummies, 2nd Edition; English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, 2nd Edition; Grammar Essentials For Dummies; Research Papers For Dummies; College Admission Essays For Dummies; AP English Literature & Composition For Dummies; and AP English Language & Composition For Dummies, all published by Wiley. She lives in New York City with her husband and two parakeets.

Peter Bonfanti has taught high school math in New York City since 1996. Before that, he lived in Pennsylvania and was a monk. Before that, he went to school in New Jersey, where he was born and hopes to return someday.

Kristin Josephson survived the college admissions process only to drop out of MIT 16 months later to attend circus school in San Francisco. While there, she studied flying trapeze, trampoline, and acrobatics. Kristin discovered her passion for teaching while she was tutoring in the Bay Area, a passion that led her to complete her degree at Colorado College. Kristin eventually landed at the Horace Mann School, where she has been teaching high school mathematics since 2007.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Surveying the Field: An Overview of the SAT 7

Chapter 1: Pouring Your Brain into Little Ovals: The SAT 9

Chapter 2: Getting Ready, Set, and Going: Preparing for the SAT 17

Part II: Comprehending the SAT: The Critical Reading Sections 25

Chapter 3: Reading between (and on) the Lines: The Critical Reading Section 27

Chapter 4: Practicing Critical Reading Passages: Reading for Points 37

Chapter 5: Filling In the Blanks: Sentence Completions 55

Chapter 6: Practicing Sentence Completions 61

Part III: Getting the "Write" Answers: The Writing Sections 67

Chapter 7: Writing Your Way to a High Score: The Essay 69

Chapter 8: Practicing Essays 77

Chapter 9: Joining the Grammar Police 83

Chapter 10: Practicing Grammar Problems: Recognizing Your Mistakes 93

Part IV: Take a Number, Any Number: The Mathematics Sections 107

Chapter 11: Meeting Numbers Head-On: The SAT Math Sections 109

Chapter 12: Numb and Numbering: The Ins and Outs of Numbers and Operations 117

Chapter 13: Practicing Problems in Numbers and Operations 127

Chapter 14: X Marks the Spot: Algebra and Functions 135

Chapter 15: Practicing Problems in Algebra and Functions 147

Chapter 16: Checking More Figures Than an IRS Agent: Geometry Review 157

Chapter 17: Practicing Problems in Geometry 175

Chapter 18: Playing the Odds: Statistics and Probability 183

Chapter 19: Practicing Problems in Probability, Statistics, and Logic 193

Part V: Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Practice Tests 201

Chapter 20: Practice Exam 1 203

Chapter 21: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations 245

Chapter 22: Practice Exam 2 267

Chapter 23: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations 311

Chapter 24: Practice Exam 3 335

Chapter 25: Practice Exam 3: Answers and Explanations 377

Chapter 26: Practice Exam 4 397

Chapter 27: Practice Exam 4: Answers and Explanations 439

Chapter 28: Practice Exam 5 461

Chapter 29: Practice Exam 5: Answers and Explanations 503

Part VI: The Part of Tens 525

Chapter 30: Ten Ways to Maximize Your Score 527

Chapter 31: Ten Ways to Calm Down 529

Appendix: Scoring Your Exam 531

Index 541

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    This book is awesome. The only problem is that the practice passages are barely visible. Otherwise, the author provides great and informative info on how to tackle the SAT, while using his voice to make it more appealing.

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