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Cracking the SSAT & ISEE, 2013 Edition (Private Test Preparation) Paperback – August 7, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0307944931 ISBN-10: 030794493X Edition: Csm

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Product Details

  • Series: Private Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; Csm edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030794493X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307944931
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

If It?s on the SSAT or ISEE, It?s in This Book

The Princeton Review realizes that acing the SSAT and ISEE exams is very different from getting straight A?s in school. We don?t try to teach you everything there is to know about English and math?only what you?ll need to score higher on the exam. There?s a big difference. In Cracking the SSAT & ISEE, we?ll teach you how to think like the test writers and

-Correctly answer analogy and synonym questions even when you?re not sure what all of the words mean
-Ace the reading comprehension section by learning to spot main ideas, topic sentences, and key words
-Crack the general math section by learning to avoid wrong answer choices that look right but are planted to fool you
-Learn how to turn complicated algebra problems into simple word problems
-Simplify the SSAT writing sample and the ISEE essay using a sure-fire,
step-by-step approach

This book includes five full-length practice tests, with questions like the ones you?ll see on the actual SSAT and ISEE. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

The Princeton Review is the fastest growing test-preparation company in the country, with over 60 franchise offices in the nation. Each year, we help more than 2 million students prepare for college, grad school, professional licensing exams, and successful careers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

This book was a colossal waste of money.
Voracious Reader
I would highly recommend this to any parent who is looking for a good test prep book for the SSAT or ISEE.
AMMS
Getting a feeling for the test seems very helpful.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

96 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Alishya Kirshara on December 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a tutor and I have many students each year who need to take the SSAT and the ISEE. Once my students have acquired each test's official book (Preparing & Applying for the SSAT and What to Expect on the ISEE, both of which are currently available only from the websites administered by the test-makers themselves), this book is the book I recommend first for my students -- followed closely by the Kaplan book.

In fact, as I say in the book review episode of my SSAT and ISEE podcast, the PR and Kaplan books are really the *only* books worth using outside of the official books. All the other publishers get something seriously wrong, but these books get almost everything right. For the Princeton Review in particular, the breakdown is as follows:

Pros:
- Spectacular vocab and word roots practice
- Great practice with hard synonyms & analogies
- Good balance of "lessons" and practice with actual test problems

Cons:
- The math sections are complete, but not as thorough as with Kaplan (but Kaplan's vocab work isn't as good)
- No single student will be able to use more than one practice test in this book (same for Kaplan)

The reason for that last point is that the SSAT has a lower and upper level (2 tests), and the ISEE has a lower, middle, and upper level (3 tests). So the fact that there are five practice tests in this book (and most prep books) really means that there's only one test per level. And any given student is only going to take the test at one level, so at most there is one practice test per student per test.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Hammer Tutoring on November 2, 2006
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This book is the best organized and most comprehensive available. However, it still is lacking. I've been tutoring this test for 5 years, and it is especially hard to differentiate the middle level and upper level exams. You can tell PR struggles with this differentiation as well.

Math - By far its most useful section. PR does a good job of covering all of the concepts you will need to know, as well as providing some solid "ISEE-like" questions. The book doesn't have many difficult questions for students aiming for the 90th+ percentile, and is limited in quantitative comparisons.

Synonyms - Just study vocabulary (the PR list is a good place to start), and use PR questions for practice. I personally think PR over-sells strategies such as positive/negative.

Sentence Completions - Decent strategies, decent practice...if you need more questions and your taking the middle or upper level ISEE, buy an SAT book from College Board and use the SCs. You can also use some of the math questions.

Passage-based reading - Horrible!

Practice tests - Good practice.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By E. Han on December 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
You should not rest assure that you will do well on SSAT
as an outcome of the test results on this book.
If you do, you are in TROUBLE!
This book is normally the first work book for students beginning to study for SSAT.
Its good to get a feel for it and also informative!
Should quickly finish the book and go on to other books!

PROS:
-Organized Vocab & Root list
-Excellent Essay section (Kaplan's ESSAY PROMPT for DIAGNOSTIC is COMPLETELY MISLEADING!)
-Solid lessons before all the exercises.
-SSAT&ISEE Practice test arent the same!
( can practice more on reading comp, synonym and math problems.)
-Separate section for answers!

CONS:
-NOT a COMPREHENSIVE VOCAB LIST!!!
For vocab, just memorize vocab workshop a~h.
you'll definitely do well in ssat and sat.
-Mistakes in Math & Reading Comp sections.
-Tests are easier than the actual test.
-They have not changed workbook questions for the last 8+ years.
They are not making significant improvements on the books.
-No explanations for the answers (for practice exams)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ren Jones on February 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Cracking the SSAT & ISEE, 2009 Edition (Private Test Prep)

My thirteen year old daughter had only one month to prepare for the SSAT. She looked at several guides and purchased Kaplan's and Princeton Review's Cracking the SSAT (link above).

The Kaplan guide was somewhat helpful in preparing her to take the SSAT but she found the explanations in the Princeton Review guide much clearer and more thorough. Also, the PR guide helped her to compare her scores on the practice tests with results from the actual tests whereas the Kaplan did not. She ended up using only the PR guide one hour a day for just over a month and brought up her SSAT score from 78th percentile to 99th percentile overall. It was especially helpful in math (her weakest subject) where she went from below the 50th percentile to the 89th percentile on the actual test. Thank you Princeton Review!
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By ISEE/SSAT Tutor on November 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am an ISEE and SSAT tutor and founder of ISEEpracticetest.com and SSATpracticetest.com.

I recommend Princeton Review over the other SSAT/ISEE texts out there. However,the text definitely has its shortcomings.

As compared to the 2013 text: The 2014 text has improved the SSAT and ISEE essay topics and the formatting and look of the ISEE practice tests.

However, the Lower Level ISEE reading passages are now way too easy!! Please warn your students that parts of this text may not be representative of the official test's difficulty. I also noticed in the Lower Level ISEE practice test that some of the same errors in the VR section that were in the 2013 test have not been corrected.

Here is my review of Princeton Review's 2013 text:

ISEE
The passages in Princeton Review's 2013 ISEE practice tests are much more boring and difficult that the ERB's (they look more like SAT than ISEE passages).

Also in the Lower Level ISEE sentence completions, there are no sentence completions with blank phrases (only missing word sentence completions- whereas the ERB presents the ISEE as having 1/3 of the sentence completions end with blank phrases).

Additionally, in the 2-blank UL sentence completions the Princeton Review uses synonyms to make tricky wrong answers (in line with the SAT) -However, on the ERB's ISEE there are no tricky synonyms.

And is it the UL ISEE essay question that asks whether the driving age should be raised to 21?! That is an ACT-like question! I don't expect such a question on an ISEE.

I actually recently co-wrote 15 new ISEE practice test that are just now available at iseepracticetest.com.
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