Up Your Score: SAT, 2018-2019 Edition: The Underground Guide to Outsmarting

Up Your Score: SAT, 2018-2019 Edition: The Underground Guide to Outsmarting "The Test"


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Thoroughly revised for the revamped SAT, Up Your Score: SAT is the only test-prep guide written for students by students—all of whom achieved perfect or near-perfect scores and went on to the colleges of their choice. A complement and reality check to the mainstream SAT study guides, it’s the book that kids recommend to one another, because it’s as entertaining as it is effective, showing students how to:

•    Think like the SAT
•    Ramp up their “mental math” powers
•    Remember the 12 most important grammar rules
•    Hone speed and timing
•    Understand key vocabulary words in context
•    Be a better guesser (and why it’s always better to guess)
•    Vanquish anxiety and improve concentration
•    Best fill in the answer circles, saving nearly six minutes
•    Unwind with SAT Yoga


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761193654
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/19/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 109,260
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

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

Michael Colton, a Harvard graduate, writes for film and television.

Manek Mistry received his undergraduate and law degrees from Cornell.

Paul Rossi is a Cornell graduate and teaches high school math and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction A Brief History of This Book

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

Years Later ix

Meet Samantha x

Chapter 1 About the SAT

Before We Begin, Any Questions? 2

The Story of the Evil Testing Serpent 14

SAT Scoring 16

SAT Services 19

SAT Mistakes 21

Chapter 2 How to Study: A Primer for the Lazy, the Anxious, and the Disorganized

Getting in Gear 24

The Up Your Score Lower Your Stress Plan™ 25

Concentration 28

How Not to Get Stuck 32

Wean Yourself from Your Phone 34

Creating a Study Program… and Sticking with It 34

Practice, Practice, Practice 36

Building Endurance 37

Chapter 3 The Evidence-Based Reazing Test

The Serpent's New Obsessions-Evidence and Analysis 40

The Nuts and Bolts of the Reading Test 42

The Seven Key Rules 44

So Many Passage Types, So Little Time 49

Reading Test Question Types 56

Different Readers, Different Strategies 69

A Very Serious Reading Passage 71

A Truly Serious Reading Passage-We Mean It This Time 75

Infographics 81

Vocabulary-Still Essential 92

Decodable Words 93

Memorization Strategies 94

The Word List 98

Chapter 4 The Writing and Language Test: Embracing Your Inner Grammaniac

Know Your Enemy 158

Standard English Conventions 160

Expression of Ideas 184

Informational Graphics 195

Let's Put This All Together and Practice! 196

Pithy Parting Wisdom 201

Chapter 5 The Math Test

Welcome to Math 204

Before We Begin 204

The Shape of the Test 205

How Is This Different from the Old SAT? 205

Mental Math Tricks 206

Some Arithmetic Reminders 212

Problem Solving and Data Analysis 221

Interpreting Graphs 227

Statistics 233

Heart of Algebra 242

Passport to Advanced Math 253

Additional Topics 268

Grid-In Problems 295

A Few Last Words 297

Chapter 6 The Not-So-Optional Essay

Does Optional Really Mean Optional? 300

Not What Is Said, but How It's Said 300

One Template to Rule Them All 303

How Is the SAT Essay Scored? 314

How to Write Good 315

Why You Shouldn't Hate the Essay 318

Chapter 7 Guessing, or Defeating the Impostors from Hell

Impostors from Hell 320

Guessing, the SAT, and the Specter of World Destruction 323

The Five Rules of Guessing 324

Some More Good Advice 328

Chapter 8 But Wait! You Also Get…

Little Circles 330

Cursing Cursive 333

Yoga and the SAT 333

The SAT and the Internet 335

Cheating 336

Is the SAT Biased? 338

A Test Taker's Guide to Proctors 340

What's the Best Way to Prepare the Day Before the SAT? 342

Sneaky Snacking 346

Fashion and Beauty Tips 347

Keeping Track of Time 348

Stick It in Your Ear 349

SATitis 349

Canceling Counseling 350

The SSS 351

SATing for Dollars 352

Some Other Thoughts on Getting into College 352

Parting Words of Advice 355

Who Are These People, Anyway? 356

Whiz Kids Wanted 358

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