- Series: College Admissions Guides
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Review (June 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375429247
- ISBN-13: 978-0375429248
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ACT or SAT?: Choosing the Right Exam For You (College Admissions Guides)
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Examples of mistakes:
Stating there are 4 sections of reading, when there are only 3.
Listing the wrong answer as the correct one in the answer section, even though the correct answer is implied in the explanation.
Typos that make math formulas difficult to understand - no raised or lowered characters, so you can't tell if it is a square or a log.
No explanations of the scoring for the essay part of the SAT, which makes the final scoring chapter incomprehensible. They list 59 questions, but only provide 35 actual questions in the test.
Skimpy explanation of scoring for the ACT section. It's an average of 4 sections, but you have to figure that out.
References to 'I' changed to 'you' without consistency, even within the same sentence.
The explanations of the answers are succinct and clear. In fact, the general usefulness and quality of the book is wonderful, which makes the mistakes all the more glaring and doubt-inducing. A book like this really needs to be error-free, completely.
My biggest complaint, however, is about the very uneven editing of the book itself. I realize it is written to appeal to high-school-aged readers, so the style is somewhat informal. However, the book has quite a few basic copyediting errors, many inconsistencies in format, and--for a book whose purpose is to compare two similar things--it lacks a truly parallel structure throughout. Over and over, I found myself having to go back to the top of each paragraph to figure out which test the author was referring to. The information itself is ill-served by the poor organization, thus the book as a whole really suffers. It's a shame, and I would love to think the publisher will revisit this book, as the topic is increasingly important to high school students, their teachers, and their parents.
I have a couple of other, perhaps petty, complaints: There is a misplaced modifier in the very paragraph that talks about how the tests assess a student's understanding of misplaced modifiers--this is, again, primarily an editing issue, but it's an unfortunate one. The inexplicably nasty attitude toward the Educational Testing Service and Princeton, NJ that's revealed in Chapter 1, however, is the author's own responsibility. I have no affiliation with Princeton or ETS, but I found the tone used to describe them quite off-putting. It strongly colored my view of the entire book, in fact, and was a surprising inclusion in a publication that claims to be impartial.
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Gives a good comparison of SAT and ACT. makes it easier to differentiate between them and to make an informed decision.Published 24 months ago by I. Kapadia
"ACT or SAT" provided us the perspective we needed to guide our two high school age children toward one exam or the other. The descriptions were helpful. Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Larry W Turner