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Helps you pay attention to the little details
on September 3, 2012
There are many tricky questions in this book, which was helpful because it made me read much more carefully--a skill I will definitely use on the actual SAT Math sections. It also takes you through a variety of different problems so that you can basically handle anything. I felt that the difficulty was at a good level, similar to or perhaps a little harder than the real SAT.
However, be warned:
- On Practice Test 5, there are two answer key mistakes for the same kind of problem. The answer to Section 1 Question 17 should be C, and the answer to Section 2 Question 10 should be E. The explanations the author gives for these problems don't make sense and do not work once you try out the numbers. You're actually supposed to set a ratio of part over whole and pick the solution that yields a whole number when you multiply the ratio(s) by the solution.
- Unlike the College Board, the author does not indicate when a diagram is not drawn to scale.
- Unlike the College Board, the author includes many variable expressions or inequalities even in the Student-Produced Responses, which on the real SAT are always just numbers. But I liked the variables. I thought they made me think more critically because they required juggling more concepts in my head at once.
(For context, I scored a 730 on the actual SAT a few months before trying this book and was looking for something to bump me up 20-70 points. I don't yet know if it will work, but I feel more confident about approaching problems.)