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Cracking the SAT, 2009 Edition (College Test Preparation) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0375428562 ISBN-10: 0375428569

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  • Series: College Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375428569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375428562
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The math questions are sufficiently convoluted in wording and the content is great.
Ashraf Eassa
Second to the College Board official SAT guide, this is the best SAT prep book on the market for those looking for practice exams.
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Cracking the SAT is written in a way that high schoolers will be willing to read it to help them prepare for the test.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Ashraf Eassa on July 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
When I prepared to take my first SAT, I relied on this book to prepare. Let me first talk about the good aspects of the book:

It demystifies the SAT and takes a "student friendly" approach. That is, it helps convince the reader that the SAT doesn't measure intelligence, self-worth, etc. While this may or may not be true, it relieves one of a significant burden by believing that the test doesn't test anything innate, which prevents the formation of artificial mental barriers or blocks.

The vocabulary list is quite good, as it consists of a short, but sweet list of 200 words that are likely to show up on the SAT (either in passages or in the sentence completions). For such a short list, it sure does get a good number of "hits" on the real thing.

The math refresher is good -- it's not a math textbook in the sense that it will, in vivid detail, teach you the fundamentals of mathematics beginning with "2 + 2 = 4", but it does give you a great refresher of all the topics you (should) have learned. If you're shaky about performing basic algebra, then you don't need an SAT prep book -- you need a basic mathematics book. It also shows how these basic math tools can be applied to the SAT, by showing how to solve several "famous" or "representative" problems to give you a feel of the kinds of problems you'll likely encounter.

The grammar/essay sections are good, too. It goes over the fundamental errror that you'll likely encounter without attempting to write the next great treatise in English grammar. So with the rules in here, you'll feel comfortable answering the questions on the real test.

The best part, by far, of this book is the set of three very accurate, very SAT-ish practice tests.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid Haugen on May 10, 2009
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The Princeton Review gets inside the heads of the test writers and teaches you how to succeed on the SAT, not how to be a math or English wizard. At first, this seemed like a dishonest approach to me, but then I considered that the test writers deliberately mess with your mind to make you screw up, and I decided that turnabout is fair play. I'm definitely not fantastic at math, but this book helped me raise my score 120 points! Unless you know you're going to score straight 800s, I would highly recommend this book and others in the Princeton Review series, like the math drill and the vocabulary review. I tried a bunch of other study aids, and this one was really the best. Thanks, Princeton Review!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Em on January 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Initially, I purchased some of the Kaplan issued SAT prep books and borrowed my boyfriend's 2 or 3 year old study books to get down and study for this test. When I got down to them, I had scarce interest in the material, so I turned to a close relative (who happens to get paid hundreds of dollars an hour to tutor) for help, and she turned me over to the Princeton Review books.
With this one, and the Practice Test book, I found that the language was stress-friendly, the concepts were, though sometimes controversial or unorthodox, very on target, and the book was less a book, and more a guide. I love reading, but under so much stress, I was very pleased with the lack of wordiness I got from this book, while maintaining language that doesn't have me bolting for the dictionary every passage.
In reference to the discontent from the Reading Comprehension section of the guide referenced by another reviewer, I'd have to disagree. Standardized tests are better viewed as how well you can take the test, not how well you understand the context. With the reading comprehension passages, reading the entire passage is completely unnecessary...it's more important to get from the blurb, straight to the questions, without skimming or reading the material. The test is about the questions, not the material.
I also enjoyed the fact that this book branched out into a DVD segment, the included written tests, and some online material. It helped me get familiar with concepts and strategies, and completely altered my test taking for the better. It was a fun and interesting read that didn't assume you understood, but instead motivated you to get down to the core of the problem at hand. In short, this is a great book, highly recommended to anyone going through the SATs in hope of a more enjoyable, yet highly intellectual, experience.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Z. Siddiqui on August 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
This 2009 SAT book that i bought about a month ago, has been exteremely helpful! I'm a freshman high school, but wanted a head start on studying for the SAT, thus my parents purchased this latest edition SAT book. I honestly thought it would be boring, but the makers of the book make it very fun! They explain everything with easy step-by-step instructions without the use of big words, and they have coordinating pictures. The pages are perfect for you to write on them. Overall, you won't find this latest SAT book that is out for this low of a price. I wuold suggest buying ASAP because it's going to really give you a big start on your future.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
The new SAT exam is geared toward the student who has
a good command of the English language, one who reads
details and excels in basic algebra, geometry and the
elements of pre-calculus. Rudimentary probability is tested
fairly.

This is a practical exam because college students must know
how to do all of the above. The better curricula emphasize
critical thinking and case study approaches that are data
driven.

Today's students are at somewhat of a disadvantage because
the high schools tend to assign "junk reading" rather than
high quality literature. "Junk reading" is laden with
colloquial language and is devoid of superior vocabulary
development and grammatical structure.

There are a few bad questions in the reading comprehension
section; however, the presentation tests fairly the ability
of students to "research details". Researching details is
a huge practical problem in today's economy because few
policy wonks actually read the details sufficiently prior to
executing decisions.

This book develops the various techniques fairly so that
students can pass the test with a good grade. The volume
will not make up for years of neglect in reading quality
literature. Today's youth tend to watch too much TV and
many are glued to video games and other endeavors that
do not do a good job of developing vocabulary skills
to the extent required on this exam.

In addition, some high school students are better prepared
than others. Students who have taken algebra with a fair
amount of applied geometry, 3 years of English and foreign
language, 3 years of Global/American history and a good
science sequence will be at an advantage.
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