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Barron's SAT, 26th Edition Paperback – August 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1438000190 ISBN-10: 1438000197 Edition: 26th

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Product Details

  • Series: Barron's SAT
  • Paperback: 936 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 26 edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438000197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438000190
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

That's a pretty good endorsement, I'm thinking.
Nichole Fausey
The explanations of the answers, both for the language and math sections, are very clear and helpful.
Kaleberg
I recommend this study guide for students taking the SAT test.
Julia Jordan

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107 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Weiner Green on September 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Normally I don't respond to critical reviews both because I think it is right for me as author to stand up and take my shots, and because I appreciate the efforts readers make to point out ways in which I can improve my texts. However, when a reviewer criticizes not only my use of the past perfect tense but James Joyce's use of it as well and calls my editors and publisher "neglectful," I have to speak up. Brad Johnston cites several sentences in the 26th edition of Barron's SAT that he says are "examples of putting 'had' in front of past tense verbs--which is where 'had' does NOT belong." Unfortunately, Mr. Johnston appears not to understand that in English the past perfect tense is formed by combining the auxiliary verb 'had' with the past participle ('given,' 'shown,' 'hoped,' 'worked'). Some past participles end in 'ed' and look like past tense verbs ('hoped' and 'worked,' for example); others, past participles of irregular verbs like 'give' and 'show,' look nothing like their past tense. Mr. Johnston apparently cannot tell the two apart: he condemns the opening sentence of Joyce's "Clay" ("The matron had given her leave to go out as soon as the women's tea was over...") as ungrammatical. "Had gave" would be ungrammatical; "had given" is not.

The past perfect tense may be dying out in English--native speakers often substitute the simple past tense for the past perfect--but that doesn't mean that the past perfect tense, properly constructed, is automatically incorrect. It's important that students taking the SAT understand this. If they don't, they may identify something as a sentence error that's actually correct.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kaleberg on September 2, 2012
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We've looked at three SAT review guides now, and Barron's seems to be the best of them. They're all based on the same test, so they present similar material and take similar approaches, but Barron's seems to have the best reading passages. They are more sophisticated in their use of language and structure, and they are the most instructive. That is, a student can learn more about how to extract meaning and intent from them than from less challenging, less well chosen passages. The explanations of the answers, both for the language and math sections, are very clear and helpful. This is where an SAT guide can make a major difference. It is important not only to know the right answer, but the reasoning behind that choice. Reading questions often have more than one right answer, but the goal is to find the best answer. This involves careful reading and logical thinking. No SAT guide is a magic bullet to a great score, but having a good guide can make studying for the SAT an important learning experience in and of itself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Cat VINE VOICE on June 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
I am an academic coach and professional tutor. I work with students individually to help them prepare for the SAT, ACT, and grad school entrance exams. I have had the opportunity to read and use pretty much every SAT prep book on the shelves at the major bookstores. This book continues to rank among the my top 3 choices. I require my students to get a copy of this book when we start prepping for the SAT and it is definitely a GREAT value for all that is included.

What you get:
- Diagnostic Test
- an "SAT Dictionary"
- Review of all major math topics + examples for each
- Hundreds of practice problems arranged by topic
- Grammar guide, Reading strategies and no-nonsense guidelines for essay writing
- Full length practice tests

It is true that the 25th and 24th editions offer no significant revisions (perhaps a few typos have been corrected). So, if you happen to come across a slightly older edition at a lower price, it will work just as well as the current/new 26th edition.

In addition to this book, I would suggest the "Official SAT" Prep book (The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition) which includes REAL, released form SAT exams. While the questions in this book are excellent, nothing can substitute for practicing with REAL SATs. For most of my students, this book combined with the official guide are more than sufficient to get their scores into the 90th percentile and above.

Highly recommended! A+
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By dmena on June 14, 2013
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The book's strongest subject is Math. I reviewed the entire Math section and went from a 440 to a 630 in about 3 months of prep. The books weak points are in the Writing and Critical reading section. The book does not really go over the grammer rules, instead providing only sentences and examples which don't help with understanding the grammer. The reading section is overly complicated and 8 times more difficult than the real sat. I had a 540 on the writing before I used Barrons and received a 550 after using it, so it wasn't that helpful. I used the PWN writing blog on the internet and improved my writing section from a 550 to a 640, so the blog was a lot more helpful than Barrons for the writing. On the reading comprehension I also recommend using PWN the SAT, because it's written by a person who actually got a 2400 on the SAT and provided proof of it by posting his results. Just search up PWN the SAT and his page will pop up. Also I improved my Math section from a 630(with the help of Barrons) to a 780, with the help of the book "PWN the SAT Math". You can get it for $26.23 at Amazon. Honestly, if you need help with writing and reading, don't use Barrons, it really sucks in those sections. Only use it for Math.

Scores before Barron: Math 440 Reading 560 Writing 540 Total: 1540
Scores with Barrons: Math 630 Reading 570 Writing 550 Total: 1750
Scores with PWN the SAT: Math 780 Reading 630 Writing 640 Total: 2050
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