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Cracking the SAT Math 1 & 2 Subject Tests, 2011-2012 Edition (College Test Preparation) [Paperback]

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March 8, 2011 0375428127 978-0375428128

If it’s on the SAT Math 1 or 2 Subject Tests, it’s in this book. Cracking the SAT U.S. & World History Subject Tests, 2011-2012 Edition brings you:

-Practical information on the what, when, where, and how of each SAT Math Subject Test
-Step-by-step strategies for solving even the hardest problems
-Comprehensive review of all essential content, including Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Probability, Matrices, and Pre-Calculus
-Practice problems with detailed information for every kind of problem on the test
-Planning and organization tips to get you all the way to test day! 

Cracking the SAT Math 1 & 2 Subject Tests, 2011-2012 Edition
also includes 4 full-length practice tests with detailed explanations (2 for each subject test).

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  • Series: College Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375428127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375428128
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 8.3 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best preparation for international test takers November 22, 2011
Firstly, I am from South Africa, as such I have never fully experienced the Maths that the SAT Math II tests, and I wrote the subject tests during my final grade 12 exams. I still, however, managed 800 on it, and I thank this book for my score. I enjoy maths, and in terms of my own curriculum, I achieve high grades. When I looked at SAT maths for the first time, I was bewildered and confused.

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the thing for refreshing the maths brain June 26, 2011
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I'm actually an older student who is getting into astronomy and physics, so this very inexpensive text book is a great way to refresh from the basics through to calculus and geometry etc. It's well laid out and easy to follow and has lots of challenging tests at each level of the course. Of course, it is aimed at school kids, but it has much wider appeal as well.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good preparation June 5, 2011
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My daughter just went through this book, and really liked the structure and explanations. It was comprehensive, and the sample tests were very close to the real SAT II (the sample tests where slightly harder than the real SAT II according to her). She just took her SAT II yesterday, and she thinks she did very well because of this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good supplement to the college board book March 30, 2011
I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics, SAT Math tutor, and author of the book "The 32 Most Effective SAT Math Strategies."

I 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 other test prep companies. Eventually I plan to write my own strategy book for the SAT Math Subject Tests, but for now I am able to get students into the high 700's to 800 using these 2 sets of materials. 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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who cares if it's the same version September 9, 2009
Princeton Review gives a great layout of the information covered on the SAT math subject tests. Rating it 1 star because it's the same content as before is foolish... The test didn't change sine 200-2009. If one were to pick on Princeton Review they should point out that they only have two of each of the tests.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value and Great Review Book June 30, 2011
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First off, the book is much cheaper than in bookstores; you won't find a lower price, as is usual for Amazon. I used the book, and found it to be an excellent resource: topics are broken up by chapter and organized so you know not only which test a subject will appear on but how often it is likely to appear, and can study appropriately. Not only was this helpful for the SAT Subject Test, it was a great review of skills for the regular SAT Math section. Overall well-written, explained and organized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect! December 26, 2012
This book contains great review chapters and practice tests. The review chapters are thorough, and the practice tests are accurate.

Some people point out that there are only 2 practice tests for each level. Well, you can find 2 more from College Board, and a bunch more from Barron's. The more, the better.

Before you take the actual SAT Math Level 2 exam, please make sure you are almost done with Precalculus, let's say, no earlier than May of that year.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I HATE MATH
Published 11 months ago by Chriss
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
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 more
Published 11 months ago by MattB
4.0 out of 5 stars I got 800. I'll review what I can
I got a 730 at the beginning of the year before I bought this book but I wanted a competitive 800 for Harvard early action. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jun
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great - this book helped me to get an 800 on the test for the SAT II Math Level 2 in June.
Published 12 months ago by Kelley G.
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality, simply the best - I got a 750
The "Cracking the <name of test>" series make you feel like you are some secret agent trying to beat the curve. An excellent choice for any test taker. Read more
Published 16 months ago by MarbleTech
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty thorough
like anything else, it's just one tool in properly preparing for SAT. But this has a very good mix that works well and will help build confidence
Published 17 months ago by dasWolf
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete
Not really complete, could have been better. The "skip as many as you can" method doesn't really yield results. Good as a starter book, but not as a final review book.
Published 20 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Practice tests
Got it for the level II test, but after seeing how hard those problems are from this book, I started studying for level I and got a 710. Great book.
Published 22 months ago by SK
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid content and practice
Book contains good material and practice. I would have preferred the tests were separated, but understand why they are not. Seemed to be easy to follow for my daughter.
Published 22 months ago by PromptReader (East Coast)
5.0 out of 5 stars SAT Math prep
Good study guide for not only getting ready to take the SAT's but any review.
Keeps the mind going. Great for any age.
Published on May 1, 2012 by laurine bagby
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