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Click the "look inside" feature above to browse the Black Book and get a feel for how it approaches the SAT!

The "SAT Prep Black Book" gives you unique, effective SAT strategies from
Mike Barrett, a SAT tutor with clients all over the globe who pay him hundreds of dollars an hour for phone tutoring. The Black Book is a must-have, whether you need to

  • make a perfect 2400 to be competitive at an Ivy,
  • score a 450 in each section to claim a sports scholarship,
  • or anything in between.

The Black Book works best when used with the authentic SAT questions in the
"Blue Book," which is the College Board's Official SAT Study
The Black Book shows you how to beat the SAT, while the Blue Book gives you real SAT questions to practice with. (The SAT Prep Black Book has no affiliation with the College Board.)

The Black Book and the Blue Book are all you need to get your best possible SAT

The Black Book is the ideal SAT book for 3 major reasons:

  1. It actually works, making it unique in the SAT prep field. There are no lists of
    "SAT vocab" to memorize or anything like that. Instead, you'll exploit design flaws in the SAT, using its own "SAT tricks" against it.
  2. The Black Book contains 250+ solutions for real SAT questions from the Blue Book,
    so you know it actually works. (You'll need the 2nd edition of the Blue Book to use these solutions.)
  3. The Black Book is a clear, concise roadmap to the SAT. (See the table of contents below). It explains exactly how every SAT question works, and how to beat it in the least time possible.

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SAT Book Table Of Contents (Selected)

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  • F.A.Q.?
  • Setting (the right) goals
  • How to train for the SAT: mastering the ideas in this book
  • Only work with SAT questions from the College Board!
  • A word on SAT guessing: Don't
  • How to avoid "careless errors"
  • Where to find "missing points"
  • Time management
  • The SAT's big secret
  • SAT Passage-Based Reading
  • The big secret of SAT Reading
  • . . .
  • SAT Sentence Completion
  • 5 reasons memorizing vocabulary isn't the best idea
  • What if we don't know enough words?
  • . . .
  • SAT Math
  • The big secret of SAT Math
  • The 2 critical components of SAT Math success
  • . . .
  • The SAT Essay
  • . . .
  • SAT Writing multiple-choice
  • How to improve on the Writing section
  • . . .
  • Being an SAT machine
  • 8 things you thought you knew about the SAT are wrong
  • The nature of elite scores
  • Advice for non-native English speakers
  • A final piece of advice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615780849
  • Publisher: SAT Tutoring
  • Publication date: 3/14/2013
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 76,501
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Barrett has been helping people do better on standardized tests since he was in high school.

In college, he worked briefly for Kaplan but left when it became clear to him that the Kaplan method was irreconcilably different from the way he naturally thought about the test.

A few months after Mike graduated from college with a degree in linguistics, his younger brothers needed help with the SAT, so he taught them his approach to the test. Word of their success spread throughout their high school, and Mike was soon offering informal SAT tutoring to a few dozen of his brothers' friends.

One of those students recommended to Mike that he set up his own SAT preparation company. He thought about that for a couple of weeks and decided to pursue it.

Since then, Mike has used a variety of channels to help tens of thousands of students with the SAT, PSAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, ISEE, and SSAT. He regularly travels to work with students all across the United States, and consults with students all over the world through Skype. He speaks at live events as well, and is available for booking.

Mike's SAT strategies are so different from the traditional approach because he analyzes standardized tests from the ground up, rather than simply assuming that they cover the material they claim to cover.

In other words, most SAT tutors and courses teach the same math, reading, and writing skills that you learn in high school, because they take the College Board's word then it claims that the SAT is a test of college readiness. But Mike has looked carefully at large numbers of real SAT questions, and has determined that they have almost no similarity at all to the kinds of questions that teachers ask in school.

According to Mike, SAT questions rely on very basic concepts but present them in very strange ways. So students who want to improve their test scores shouldn't waste time re-learning what they've already learned in school - instead, they should learn how the SAT actually works, so they can take their existing knowledge and leverage it into a higher score.

And this is exactly what Mike teaches you to do in the SAT Prep Black Book.

If you want to understand how the SAT actually works, you need to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Upon seeing the glowing reviews for this book I decided to buy i

    Upon seeing the glowing reviews for this book I decided to buy it, as I teach SAT/ACT to students. What a disappointment! I started reading the book and it seems more like an infomercial than an actual SAT book. The "Black book" makes it seems like it's exclusive material not found elsewhere, kind of like someone getting a Black Card from American Express.

    But upon reading the book, it's not exclusive material. I have seen other gimmick companies and people try to advertise "teaching the test" where the test taker supposedly does as little as possible to prepare and miraculously does well on the actual test. Not studying vocabulary...sure that sounds great. Kind of like telling students they can get straight A's while doing no homework. But it's not practical. Even Mike Barrett himself says you can omit 4 or 5 questions and still get a 750 on a reading section, which is untrue. Check out the scoring guide on just about any SAT and if you miss even two questions you're down to a 750. Nonetheless it is a gimmick. My students do study vocabulary and there is a huge difference between my students who actually study vocabulary and the ones who do not--on test day.

    Mike says not to guess even when you've eliminated choices. This is simply not true: it has been mathematically proven that guessing even when you can safely eliminate just one answer, that you know is wrong, does pay off. And if you can safely knockout more than one choice you've tilted the odds even more in your favor. It isn't even open for debate: it has been done in experiments and proven to be correct.

    I read the section on reading comprehension where Mike literally says use the skimming technique, read the whole passage or use any method you want. Seriously? How is that direction? It seems that this "strategy" along with most of the strategies in the book are completely vague. In fact, it seems the author majored in vague. Then, he goes on to say eliminate the four wrong choices in a reading comp. question and if you only have three to eliminate you did something wrong. But how do I specifically eliminate the four wrong choices...that is not given. Just generic, vague info on what type answer questions are normally wrong.

    Then, I wondered, after teaching in the field for a long time, why I have never heard of Mike Barrett. Notice in the book there is not one testimonial, and not one review from a book, magazine or TV station. Those are the kinds of things I normally see in SAT/ACT books that are written by real pros. Upon looking further, I noticed Mike doesn't even list an address for where his "company" is located. Yet, he wants to charge people $350/hr. to Skype with him and it is in the thousands to have him travel to you and work one-on-one. What person in right mind would pay someone they hardly know, who has never been on TV or done any major interviews, that kind of money--especially when the person has no physical address.

    Mike talks about college in his blurb listed here on Amazon but why does he hide the college he went to? Would any good SAT tutor have to do that? It looks like he went to University of Florida, which is an good school but not great, and certainly not the kind of school you would expect a self-proclaimed testing genius to go to. You would expect he would've gone to any Ivy League or similar college on full-scholarship.

    Also, I saw Mike had a previous book called Grammatix, found on the Internet. Upon looking over that it seems this book is just a recycling of that book, and in many parts it is simply a cut-and-paste job from Grammatix.

    In short, the whole thing is a huge scam. There are no great tricks or techniques here, the few clear suggestions he makes (not studying vocab, not guessing) have been proven to be wrong, and the author himself is a nobody in the industry--despite claiming to be a renowned expert! I remember the old infomercial where, I believe it was Don Lapre, mentioned how he made more money in one week working out of a 1BR apartment than most people made in a year. Yet Don was carted off to "Club Fed," eventually and exposed for the fraud he was. It kind of reminds me of the strategies in this book. However instead of selling Ginzu knives, or fast-buck real estate tips, Mike Barrett is selling bogus SAT tips and generic, vague and worthless information.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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