- Series: College Test Preparation
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Review (March 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375428127
- ISBN-13: 978-0375428128
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.3 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cracking the SAT Math 1 & 2 Subject Tests, 2011-2012 Edition (College Test Preparation)
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I purchased this book along with Barron's SAT Math Level 2. I started off learning from Barron's, and I was completely lost. Not enough examples, ambiguous explanations and very short in length. About the only thing it was good for was the practice tests. I was lucky enough to have bought the Princeton Review Cracking The SAT Math 1 & 2 guide, and I can safely say that this is light years ahead of Barron's.
The information presented within the book is fantastic. Before writing the test, I only had a basic understanding of what was being tested, I hardly knew these sections in enough detail to take the test comfortably. The book tackles each section with amazing detail, everything is explained precisely, with plenty of examples to practice on. The notes are direct and comprehensive, and very easy to understand for someone who doesn't experience this level of maths on a daily basis.
I enjoyed that it included Math 1 information, and did not just assume you knew it well enough to move past it, thus helping to set a foundation for Math 2 studying. Even though there are only 2 practice tests for Math 2, each test had 3 sections, the test, answer key and answer explanations. The answer explanations is where I find that this book destroys Barron's.Read more ›
I used to use this book in addition to the Official Study Guide by the College Board. It's not ideal, but in my opinion The Princeton Review gets closer to College Board questions than most other test prep companies. Here are a few tips for those of you taking one of the SAT Math Subject Tests:
(1) Make sure you take an actual Level 1 and Level 2 test under timed conditions before deciding which one to take. Even though you may feel like you're doing awful on the Level 2 test, your scaled score may come out much higher than you think. The curve is MUCH more generous on the Level 2 test than it is on the Level 1 test.
(2) If you are preparing for the SAT, then I recommend taking the Math Subject test the month after you take the SAT. There is some overlap between the Math sections of the regular SAT and the Subject tests. So don't give yourself time to forget all the strategies you've been practicing for the regular SAT. Spend that extra month practicing SAT Subject Test problems, memorizing the extra formulas you need, and learning a few more strategies specific to the Subject Tests.
(3) All of the strategies that you learned for the SAT will be useful for the Subject Test. So make sure to implement these strategies as you practice Subject Test problems. I do plan to eventually write a strategy book for the subject tests in the future, but unfortunately that may not be for a while. In the meantime, I plan to put up an advanced SAT problem with worked solution once a week at my website (free).Read more ›
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WHY IS THE GIRL ON TH EFRONT SO HAPPY AFTER SHE JUST TOOK THAT HELLHOLE OF A TEST. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW SHE CAN PHYSICALLY BE SMILING SHE SHOULD BE SOBBING UNCONTROLLABLY TO HER... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Chriss
I'm planing to take the Math 1 this year. I felt I needed more practice after using the Official Math 1 Study Guide that the College Board publishes, so I got this book. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by MattB