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Overview

Written for students by students, Up Your Score is the book kids will actually want to use to help them ace the test. Its four authors and guest editor—who each achieved perfect or close-to-perfect scores and got into the college of their choice—offer expert advice and proven strategies, laced with an edgy wit.

Kept sharply up-to-date by the guest editor, Up Your Score is a complement—and a reality check—to the institutional reviews by Princeton and Kaplan. It’s the book that injects attitude into the dry business of test prep, fending off the anxiety of the SAT with peer humor. A rich and lively vocabulary section is filled with examples that kids will relate to. The math section delves into the eight core ways the test covers the subject, plus offers problem-solving techniques. The writing section addresses the 13 most important grammar rules to know. And Up Your Score shows how to “psych out” the test: How to think like the SAT. How to prepare the essay in advance. The best ways to fill in answer circles and other strategies to save precious minutes. Plus, tips for maintaining concentration, why it’s always better to guess than to leave a question unanswered, what to wear on test day, and a recipe for energy-boosting Sweet & Tasty 800 Bars.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780761168843
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/17/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Berger is a Yale graduate and Rhodes Scholar and the president of Amplify Learning.

Michael Colton, a Harvard graduate, writes for film and television and most recently the animated Web series “Zoolander: Super Model.”

JaJa Liao is a member of Yale’s class of 2016.

Manek Mistry graduated from Cornell Law School and is in private practice.

Paul Rossi is a Cornell graduate.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Brief History of This Book 1

One Afternoon in the Ithaca High School Cafeteria Way Back in the Late '80s 2

Years Later 2

Months Later 4

Chapter 1 About the SAT 5

Before We Begin, Any Questions? 6

An Author's Note Intended to Build Confidence 13

Who Makes Up the SAT? 18

The Story of the Evil Testing Serpent 18

SAT Scoring 20

SAT Mistakes 23

SAT Services 23

How to Practice 26

Getting in Gear 28

Up Your Score Cheat Sheet 30

Chapter 2 The Critical Reading Section 33

Four Key Rules and a Tip 34

Sentence Completions 36

Critical Reading Passages 41

About SAT Words 58

Memorizing SAT Words 60

The Word List 64

Useful Synonyms 155

Similar-Looking Words 156

Important Literary Terms 157

Chapter 3 The Math Section 167

Theory of Study 168

Calculators 171

Fractions/Units 176

Word Problems 184

Equations 194

Geometry 209

Coordinate Geometry 222

The Funny Symbol Question 229

Heinous Miscellaneous Math 232

Grid-in Problems 236

Chapter 4 The Writing Section 241

The Story of Little-Read Writing Serpent 242

The Three Question Types 244

The 13 Rules of the Writing Test 249

Practice Questions 263

The Essay 267

Chapter 5 Guessing, or The ETS Strikes Back: Impostors from Hell 279

Impostors from Hell 280

Guessing, the SAT, and the Specter of World Destruction 283

The Six Rules of Guessing 285

A Final Word on Guessing 290

Chapter 6 But Wait! You Also Get 291

Concentration 292

Proctors: Mindless Slaves of the ETS 297

Relaxation 299

Yoga and the SAT 302

Cheating 305

Little Circles 307

Is the SAT Biased? 311

SATing for Dollars 313

Don't Let Your Parents Read This! 314

SATitis 315

Canceling Counseling 316

The SSS and the SDQ 316

The SAT and the Internet 317

Sneaky Snacking 319

Fashion and Beauty Tips 321

Stick It in Your Ear 322

Some Other Thoughts on Getting into College 323

Parting Words of Advice 324

Who Are These People, Anyway? 326

Whiz Kid Wanted 328

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