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Product Details

  • Series: Real Sats
  • Paperback: 664 pages
  • Publisher: College Board; Pap/Dskt edition (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874475678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874475678
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

What causes more teen angst than bad skin breakouts or finding a prom date? The SATs! Luckily, those question-happy folks at the College Board (the very masterminds of the dreaded test themselves) have created 10 Real SATs, a guide to help test takers reduce their SAT stress and achieve higher scores. Information is provided on relaxation techniques, pacing yourself, and the ever-popular "guessing" tactic. Entire chapters are dedicated to each type of test question (vocabulary skills, sentence completion, critical reading, mathematics, etc.), with sample problems, tips, and solving strategies from the experts. As the title promises, this resource also offers 10 actual SATs--administered between 1994 and 1997--for student practice (although the authors kindly suggest that readers not try to complete all of them). This reference also includes a three-inch diskette with sample software for a test-prep demonstration. For young people who worry about being fully prepared, 10 Real SATs will help them feel more at ease (and maybe prevent a few ulcers, too). --Brangien Davis

Customer Reviews

All we want is a good score!
"brimhall"
This book has the ten real SAT's from around 1994 to 1997 and answers and how to score them and all.
Pranay C. Uppuluri
Taking the tests in 10 Real SAT's is by far the best thing you can do to raise your score.
Cliff Bauer

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Pranay C. Uppuluri on January 19, 2000
I bought this book because I needed to practice from *real* SAT's, and that's *all* I bought this book for. It does everything that it says (Title itself says 95% of this book's purpose). I wasn't expecting that College Board or ETS would be giving away their tricks that they so much try to "protect" from students. And I was right, they didn't.
This book has the ten real SAT's from around 1994 to 1997 and answers and how to score them and all. It also has test taking stuff, a _little_ bit indepth than what they say on the test booklet itself. Tricks mainly include stuff like Guess if you can eliminate at least one choice, Pick numbers in Math problems, etc. Basic stuff, nothing big.
GET THIS BOOK *IF*... you're looking for practice, this is a *great* book to get. And that's the *only* reason to get this book--practice.
DO *NOT* GET THIS BOOK IF... you're looking for a full-blown prep for the SAT. I find "Complete Preperation for the New SAT" by Dr. Gary R. Gruber to be the best, and I've tried many "popular" books from the library like Kaplan, Princeton Rewiew, and Arco (a lot better than Kaplan and Prineton Rewiew). Gruber's book has no "quick" fixing, instead a sure way. Thats what I think is important--a sure way than a trick or something that might get you the answer...
In conclusion, get this if you need practice, don't get it if you need full blown SAT Prep.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Powell on November 29, 1999
This book is the real deal. Before taking the SAT in May 1999, I studies with the Princeton Review book. I got a 1290, 60 points below my goal. I decided to try out the 10 Real SAT book while prepping the November 1999 test. I got a 1390 (720 Math, 670 Verbal). The book familiarized me with the type of questions, how to attack each section, etc. Instead of using gimmicks (like recommended in the Princeton Review book), I practiced 10 real SATs and got a feel of how to work the SAT. It paid off, as my scores show. Having used 2 different books, I can say with confidence that the 10 Real SATs book is THE way to prep for the SAT.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cliff Bauer on July 14, 2000
Taking the tests in 10 Real SAT's is by far the best thing you can do to raise your score. Really. Becoming familiar with the test, seeing the types of questions and just getting in the SAT taking mindset will help you more than any vocabulary flashcards, math worksheets, tutors, or SAT programs ever will (and the book is a lot less expensive!).
Though I did not score poorly on my PSAT's, I did want to score significantly better. After doing those flash cards and math sheets and visiting a few tutors, my score had gone up, but not as much as I had wanted it to. So, for the two months before the big test day, I took one full test every Saturday (it sounds like I lot, I know, but it's not that bad!). With each test, my score went up 10-30 points, and on test day, I did even better than I had been doing on the practice tests, raising my score to the level I had wanted.
My advice: buy this book, and take at least three or four tests. It WILL raise your score! (Unless you're consistently getting 1600's, of course...)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "beaglehead_2" on June 16, 1999
I've upped my score from 1400 to 1580 in the space of one year thanks to this book. I'm ordering this book for my little sis as well.
If you can also go to a public library and find old copies of 10 SATs, it would be even great, more practice for you. Sure, they're older and have slightly different format, but the vocabulary and the verbal reading passages questions have always been the same since the antediluvian times (look that up :)). There are 4 editions of the older 10 SATs... I was lucky my local public library had all 4.
I've always gotten questions from juniors asking how I got such a high score. I asked them if they practiced at all before taking it. Most said no, or "Once or twice". So I just shot back, "Do you think it's a good idea to take the practical driving test with only two hours of driver's ed?"
Just my two cents from an old fart of a college senior.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By N. Meres on May 15, 1999
If you want gimmicks and tricks to guess your way through the SAT, don't buy this book. If you're ready to actually do the work necessary to earn a score that reflects your true ability, then 10 Real SATs is for you. The book does give sound advice on strategies to use on each type of question, but its real strength lies in having just what its title says: real questions from actual tests. I have used this book to teach SAT prep with great results, by emphasizing that there are no magic bullets to earning a good SAT score: it comes from hard work and practice. 10 Real SATs gives students the ability to focus their energy on the right questions and under time pressure similar to what they would find in a test situation by timing themselves while taking a real SAT. No other book gives students that.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
This is not a book to help you crack the SAT I. It gives you 10 real tests from the past, so you know exactly what to expect on your own SAT I. Many of the questions will probably show up again in future tests. But the real help comes from allowing you to be totally familiar with the SAT I.
Ten years ago I used this book to help me get a 680 on the verbal section - just a year after I came to America and started learning English. My advice: take all the tests, analyze what you missed, and you'll see the results!
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