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Cracking the SAT, 2013 Edition (College Test Preparation) [Paperback]

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Princeton Review Test Prep and College Admission Guides
Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review helps high school students achieve their higher-education goals through test-preparation services and resources, such as study guides, flash cards, and more. Visit our featured selection resources for the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and college admissions. Some Princeton Review guides are also available as Kindle books.
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May 22, 2012 0307944786 978-0307944788 Original
Your top resource for SAT prep! Cracking the SAT, 2013 Edition includes everything you need to know to master the Math, Critical Reading, and Writing sections of the SAT. It includes:

• Access to 5 full-length practice exams
• Our exclusive "Hit Parade" of vocabulary appearing most frequently on the SAT
• Tons of drills and detailed explanations to show you exactly what to expect on the exam
• Thorough review of all SAT topics, including essay-writing techniques and a focused grammar chapter
• Key SAT strategies and a breakdown of SAT myths to help you feel more confident on test day

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: #119,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Bleh!! Princeton Review. May 27, 2012
By Eric
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST SAT PREP BOOKS! June 8, 2013
By dmena
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful March 29, 2013
By NYker
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Princeton Review SAT December 2, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A different approach to tackling the SAT!! September 15, 2012
By Saymi
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 1 day ago by Luana Elias
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's an okay book,
Published 7 days ago by Jermin Botrous
4.0 out of 5 stars Really helps
I have taught students how to earn scores of over 1,800 on the SAT for the past eight years and refer to many of the methods taught in this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William Hearn
5.0 out of 5 stars It works
I kid you not, son #2 increased his math score by 130 points after reading the words in this book for 3 hours. He did not do the practice questions. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joy Cooke
3.0 out of 5 stars i think it's good
i like this book, but it's too easy
so if you are first time studying sat, i will recommend to you.
but if you studied before, go for another book!
Published 8 months ago by angie lee
3.0 out of 5 stars SAT 2013 Test Book Helped But Not sure if it's worth the money
SAT booked helped for the most part. Some sections were a little confusing just because how the book was set up. Did not have enough vocab section. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kim
4.0 out of 5 stars SAT
Bought this for my daughter and it was a quick study guide to help her brush up on her SAT
She did say a lot of the test was not in this review.
Published 11 months ago by B. Samp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great prep manual
The manual offers great tips for test taking, practice exams both in the book (4 of them) and online. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Margaret
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I'm tutoring kids on Math SAT prep privately. By going through the material i expect my kids to do, i was able to get an 800 on a practice test without much difficulty. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Silver Spring space engineer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Practice and Helpful (but not always applicable) Tips
This book is good for practice above anything else. The practice tests were extremely helpful. Some of the tips that it gives for math are strange and I didn't really end up using... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rachel
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