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Cracking the SAT with 5 Practice Tests, 2014 Edition Csm Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0307945617
ISBN-10: 0307945618
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Product Details

  • Series: College Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; Csm edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307945618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307945617
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Vince Kotchian on December 8, 2013
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Since 2008, I have been tutoring the SAT privately, mostly to high-achieving students, so I've read a lot of SAT prep material. Overall, this is a decent choice for a strategy book, but I wouldn't really recommend it if you have the budget to buy a few books.

Advantages:

- techniques are mostly useful and well-explained
- the book's writing, overall, is easy-to-read and engaging
- time management and test-taking strategies are helpful

Disadvantages:

- the book claims it's a one-size-fits way to master the SAT. Though the book is a jack-of-all-trades, it's a master of none. In my opinion, there are better resources for each section of the test.
- practice questions and tests are not accurate reflections of the real SAT both in terms of difficulty and question content/style. This is a really big deal. I strongly recommend you avoid using these questions; use the ones written by the College Board.
- the book's focus on "cracking" and tricks at the expense of learning fundamental skills can steer students away from putting in the time to learn vocab, math, do extra reading, etc.

For those students looking for a high percentile SAT score, I would look for more specialized books written by people focusing on just one area of the test. Books like these tend to be more rigorous, since the author doesn't have to cover everything. For math, try Pwn the SAT or the New SAT Math Game Plan; for verbal, try the books written by Erica Meltzer (for critical reading and grammar). I also like Pwn the SAT essay book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Hearn on February 20, 2014
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As a tutor of the SAT for the past eight years I have read many such books as the Princeton Review and have gleaned tricks and methods from each. I have found the Princeton Review to be the easiest book to teach from and purchase between 50 and 100 books a year. I must say again that this is a good book to teach from and I like that it has four tests in the book this year as well as one online. The more practice the better. However, each year the book is almost an identical reprint of the previous year with minimal changes and each year there is less and less information. I have to refer to my old notes to teach things that were in the book back in 2007 which are not in the book now. Over all, this is a good book to use to improve your SAT score but there is more that you need to know to really improve your score.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patty A. on September 4, 2013
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I bought this for my granddaughter, and it was easy to get the ideas myself by a quick read of the clues for cracking the test. The reactive tests were good and there were plenty of them. I would recommend the book for SAT preparation (Of course we still have to see how she does).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shane on March 23, 2014
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Usually in a review book you would expect to see up-to-date information, but here expect the same. Have they considered creating new strategies based on research?--no; did they deliver what any standard book would?-- yes. This is why I gave it a standard score for a standard book offering no edge whatsoever.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Thompson on January 9, 2014
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Recommend this to all of my high school students. Not only does it provide you with the basic strategies for standardized testing, but it also gives you 5 practice tests and *guided solutions* to every question on the tests.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on November 1, 2013
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Its very informative, and helped tons! I truly believe I did better because of this study guide. Thank you Princeton!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacquelyn C Box on May 18, 2015
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Great product that arrived right on time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan C. Speese on December 30, 2014
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As described, prompt shipping, thanks!
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