Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT 2003-2004 Edition

Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT 2003-2004 Edition

by Larry Berger, Manek Mistry, Michael Colton
     
 


You’ve been hearing about the SAT since they day you entered high school. Guess what? It’s time. So when you walk into that testing hall, will it be with a case of nerves—or attitude? A guerrilla guide written by six students who destroyed the SAT, Up Your Score combines the best math and verbal preparation with the strategies and tipsSee more details below

Overview


You’ve been hearing about the SAT since they day you entered high school. Guess what? It’s time. So when you walk into that testing hall, will it be with a case of nerves—or attitude? A guerrilla guide written by six students who destroyed the SAT, Up Your Score combines the best math and verbal preparation with the strategies and tips you need to psyche out—and not be psyched out by—the Test.

Six kids who’ve aced it show you how to:
Think like the SAT
Improve memory and maintain peak concentration
Master insider math tricks
Learn 600 key vocabulary words
Hone your speed and timing
Be a better guesser (and why it’s almost always better to guess)
Do sections in the best order
Prepare your essay in advance

But wait! There’s more:
Insider college admissions advice
What to do if you have a nasty proctor
The Up Your Score Lower Your Stress Plan
The SAT and the internet
A recipe for Sweet and Tasty 800 Bars and how to smuggle them into the testing hall
How best to fill in the answer circles and save nearly 6 minutes

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
“A guerilla manual to fighting the enemy…It takes no prisoners.” –The New York Times
Boston Globe
“This is big news. Shows other sweaty-palmed teenagers how to outsmart the SAT before it outsmarts them.” –The Boston Globe
Sassy
“Everything you need to give ‘em hell.” –Sassy magazine
KLIATT
This lively guide to scoring well on the SAT, prepared by six students who aced it, is entertaining and reassuring. It offers helpful tips for guessing ("beware of answer choices that express an opinion too strongly or that make an absolute statement"), 600 key vocabulary words to know, when not to use a calculator, and much more. Chapters cover a history of the book and general information on the SAT; the verbal section; the math section; guessing; the SAT II writing test; and information on such SAT-related topics as relaxation, bias, food smuggling, "fashion and beauty tips," and general advice on getting into college. The b/w cartoon illustrations add visual appeal, and the examples given are funny and helpful: e.g., to assist students in remembering the meaning of "doleful," the sample sentence is "You will be Dole-full and sick if you eat 98 cans of pineapple chunks." This "strategy guide with attitude" may be just the thing for students with test anxiety. For career centers and public libraries. KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 2002, Workman, 296p.,
— Paula Rohrlick
VOYA
Never has studying been so amusing. This revised and updated combination test prep and study guide for the SAT/PSAT includes an explanation of the history and design of the test as well as advice on making the best educated guesses. Rather than simply providing several versions of full-length practice tests, the authors-all of whom achieved near perfect scores-highlight the most commonly used vocabulary words and create funny and outrageous definitions and examples of use in the form of SAT questions. Examples cleverly use mnemonic devices to improve student's chances of retaining the information that is presented, for example, "aghast: horrified. We were aghast when he 'passed gas.'" Even the math section is almost fun, with practice problems that pose questions, such as if five action heroes go into a restaurant and order three quiches-how much quiche does each star get? A witty commercial break reminds readers to bring extra pencils, and a recipe for a high-energy snack that can be concealed in a pocket and broken into bite-sized pieces is included along with tips on smuggling food into the test center. Pop culture references and slang might date this edition, but because the test itself evolves, one may expect updated editions as well. Overachievers might skip this title and go right for the dense volumes that promise actual practice tests, but they will miss out on a truly entertaining, affordable, and highly recommended study guide that will put even the most anxious test-takers at ease. Illus. Further Reading. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002,Workman, 304p,
— Beth Gallaway

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761126843
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/2002
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author


Jean Huang is a high school senior in St. Cloud, Minnesota and applying for early admission to Stanford.

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

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

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

Paul Rossi is a Cornell graduate.

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