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Cracking the SAT, 2013 Edition (College Test Preparation) Paperback – May 22, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0307944788 ISBN-10: 0307944786 Edition: Original

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Product Details

  • Series: College Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; Original edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307944786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307944788
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good for individual use or for class SAT prep.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ChicagoGrooves on November 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I got 99th percentile scores on the SAT and ACT in high school, and I mainly attribute my success to having been exposed to the 'cracking' series. Maybe I would have gotten 90th percentile without, it's hard to say, but the strategies involved in acing the exam (I got a total of 3 questions wrong), apply at least as much to struggling students *if not more* !

Let me explain why these books can bring success in ways other books can't.

I used this book in high school, which was over 10 years ago, but I've used other Princeton Review 'Cracking' Books since then, and they feel just as sharp and poignant today as they did in the 90's.. The main benefit of these books is the change in mindset from "you are being measured" to "you can beat this system". That change in mindset, if really adopted, can easily improve a person's motivation to study, and keep them feeling confident and eager on exam day. Those reviewers who point out grammatical errors in the book are missing the point- it is critical to learn how to do well under pressure, and the biggest part of that is having the confidence that the thing measuring you is a thing you have the power to affect. All of a sudden you are not a piece of meat to be sized up, you are the one seeing if the test measures up to you.

Obviously your milage may vary, and some people may prefer to focus on actual test questions and fundamentals. But I doubt that will take them to the highest scores they can achieve. In life, it is both knowledge of the material and of the system which enable success. Let's not bow to the ETS and agree to be measured solely on knowledge. Let their weakness be our gain and use every tool at our disposal, and I believe the 'Cracking' series is an essential tool for standardized test mastery.

Whether or not you get the book, get the mindset, and stop agonizing about 'knowing enough', and start taking your best possible test. Good luck - and you'll wish you'd done this earlier !
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85 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Eric on May 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Princeton Review is not a good company. Get Spark Notes if you want to spend less than 10 hours prepping, add the Barron's book if you are a serious student. Definitely get the actual College Board SAT book just to do the real SAT problems.

Here is my full review:

The book/method choice impacts your ACT/SAT scores which will impact course your life will take. You are making a giant life decision picking an ACT/SAT book or study program.

You decide, but decide carefully. Trust no one. Not this review, not other reviews (fake), or advertisements, or tutors, or teachers, or counselors.

Advice: Go to bookstore and read some of the books. Be as critical as you can be. Make a thorough, informed decision. Skip the first pages of hype and promises. (then come back to Amazon for your purchase)

When you compare the books, see if this assessment is correct: Princeton Review is text heavy, babbling on and on unnecessarily to preface simple ideas. They are a 'strategy oriented' program. This is geared to eeking out a few extra points. Sparknotes and Barrons show you the same strategies in fewer pages and less words, easier organization, graphics.

SAT and ACT test questions are masterfully designed not to be 'gamed'. Pull the Official ACT/SAT book at the book store and try applying the Princton Review 'techniques'. Strategy is important, but not sufficient by itself. Princeton Review uses THEIR sample questions to show how well 'gaming' works. Counter to any good tutor's advice, they don't use official test questions. On the real test, 'Gaming' without understanding the topic is a time wasting method that only works on easy problems.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dmena on June 8, 2013
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This is one of the best SAT Prep books. It gives you a list of vocabulary words that appear the most on the SAT. I took the SAT and so many of the words included in this book came up. The Writing section is incredible. It reviews all the grammer you need and it helped my writing section go from a 540 to a 680. The reading section is also very well explained and it goes over everything you need. I went from a 570 to a 610. The math section covers all the basics, but I think it's not for the people who have over a 600 already. All the information is explained well but the math is for people who just want up to a 600. I recommend the Barrons SAT Prep 26th Edition for the Math section and Reading as well. The Math section goes in to full detail, and helps you solve those difficult questions. With this book and Barrons for the Math, these were my scores, before and after.

Before: Math 590 Reading 570 Writing 540 After: Math 680 Reading 610 Writing 680
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NYker on March 29, 2013
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I found the SAT test-taking tips very helpful. Every problem has an explanation, not just the letter of the correct answer.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Raleigh-Carrera on December 2, 2012
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I was really disappointed to discover that the NEW book I just purchased had all the same texts as the book I purchased four years ago. No one should bother buying new books regardless of the advertising that says "new edition" since the publishers are just recycling the same old texts year after year.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Saymi on September 15, 2012
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This book and I have one thing in common, WE BOTH HATE THE SATs!!

this book shows students how to get good grades on the SATs without knowing all the material. that is, it shows you how to guess and answer effectively without really showing you the actual ways of answering the question.

if you want a book that shows you the "correct" way of answering the questions like the actual mathematical method, this book is not for you, get the official SAT book. but if you just want a shortcut into acing the SATs, you should get this one!! :)
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