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Critical Reading Workbook for the SAT (Barron's SAT Critical Reading Workbook) Paperback – February 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0764133817 ISBN-10: 0764133810 Edition: 12th

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Product Details

  • Series: Barron's SAT Critical Reading Workbook
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 12 edition (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764133810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764133817
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

(back cover)
  • Hundreds of exercises with questions and answers that reflect the current SAT format
  • Exercises cover sentence completion and reading comprehension
  • Test-taking tips plus an extensive vocabulary review
  • Instructions on creating your own test-preparation flash cards --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
  • From the Back Cover

    (back cover)
    Choose Barron’s Method for Success on the SAT’s Critical Reading Section

  • Read the Critical Reading overview and understand how the section is scored
  • Use the book’s vocabulary review to sharpen your reading comprehension
  • Do the Level A practice exercises and score your results
  • Review the answers and explanations for all Level A questions
  • When you have mastered Level A exercises, progress to Levels B and C

    It’s Your Path To a Higher Test Score
  • Customer Reviews

    As a supplement for the SAT guide they are very valuable.
    Kathleen Ranger
    This "Critical Reading Workbook" is great, with plenty of practice in sentence completion, comprehension questions and vocabulary extension.
    Kathi Wyldeck
    If you get a few questions wrong using this book, dont worry.
    Collin Weatherly

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Naseem Rakla on March 21, 2008
    Format: Paperback
    HEY i'm a highschool junior and I had a projected 650 for the SAT critical reading from the PSATs but i worked through the practice sections (and there are A LOT of good practices in this book) and got a 740 after 2 weeks working through this book on the actual SAT. so yeah, it's definitely helpful. It also has a lot of good vocabulary practice and tip and several critical reading practice tests.
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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Admiral Dewey on September 1, 2008
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    Obviously, this book can not be your only guide to the SAT;it only covers a third of it. But it does a very thorough job with the Critical Reading section. The sentence completion practice tests (4 tests per set, 3 different difficulty level sets) are very close to the real College Board ones. The reading comprehension pieces are decent; nothing amazing, but as good as close to the real SAT as you can find.

    The most valuable part of this book (for the average person), is the comprehensive vocabulary list. It consists of 800 words (80 sets of 10 words). Being very familiar with the actual SAT, I can say that the words on the list are indeed very high-frequency SAT words. If you know every word on that list it would be hard to answer more than 2 sentence completion questions incorrectly on the real SAT. For the vocabulary list alone, the book is worth the buy.
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    28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gift Card Recipient on July 23, 2009
    Format: Paperback
    I used Baron's for the SAT Math Subject Test and it was great. However, for the reading Baron's was terrible. My main issue with this book is that the questions in the practice tests ARE NOT similar to the questions you will actually see on the test. Most books especially Collegeboard's have acurate questions. However, this book had styles of reading comprehension questions that I had not seen in a dozen practice tests. Baron's had a lot of "pretty general" questions that would ask about details from a group of paragraphs. I had never seen this sort of question. Baron's asks a lot of these. Other practice tests that I have seen had a lot of questions asking about main ideas, tone of the passage, comparing passages, and specific detail questions (citing specific lines). Baron's had a few of these questions types, but definitely not as many as on other tests. My point is that Baron's may make you a better critical reader through these exercises, BUT it will not prepare you well for the types of questions you will see on the SAT reading test. There were also a lot of typos in the book. Lastly, the sentence completion questions were alright and the vocabulary lists were good. However, this does not make up for the inadequate reading passage questions.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kim Olan on January 17, 2007
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    This book is great! It has several practice passages, and the questions are really good. They adhere to the SAT format, and the answer choices are challenging, yet fair. The additional sentence completion exercises and prefix and root sections are really useful in SAT preparation. The only drawback to this book is that it uses many of the same sentence completion questions that you will see in their other test books, namely the Verbal Workbook for the SAT and the GRE test prep book. Other than that, the book is excellent.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Collin Weatherly on August 4, 2010
    Format: Paperback
    Barron's has been accurate and helpful for brother, so it was only natural for him to buy this book for the SAT. This book divided sentence completion and reading comprehension into various groups for its difficulty. I found that the sentence completion questions are decent (not perfect, for no prep book can be exactly like the actual test). It was rather disappointing to see some questions were vague. For instance, it tested idioms which is not commonly seen in the actual test (in fact, I dont think it's seen at all). But the real disaster was the reading comprehension questions. The questions are not like the actual questions at all, and they are very subjective and ambiguous. If you get a few questions wrong using this book, dont worry. My brother got 3-4 questions wrong per passage in this book but got a 780 on the actual CR.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kushagra on December 4, 2010
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    The book's tests dont resemble the ones on the SAT. Firstly, the comprehensions passages are nearly double in length of the actual paper(I actually counted words for 5 of them) and dont give you realistic practice. Some of the answers also seem rather arbitrary. I am not too pleased. It does however improve your timing in the comprehension questions.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nkhosi on December 26, 2010
    Format: Paperback
    I purchased this guide based off of the rave reviews that I saw posted for it here. A 700+ scorer, I sought a guide to help get me over the hump to score an 800. I wanted a guide that would transcend being comprised of mere practice tests and that would mechanistically assess the essential structure of the critical reading section. The first red flag for me was the unusually large number of problems that I was missing on the sections. Anyone consistently scoring over 700 won't miss over 2 questions on any given SAT section. I noticed myself missing 4 and 5 problems sometimes. In comparing the structure of the questions featured in this guide to those featured in the Official SAT Guide, I noticed that the examples in this book did a very poor job of emulating the sort of questions that we actually end up seeing on the SAT.

    After about a week of this absolutely confouding guide I purchased the Official SAT Guide, worked through each and every critical reading practice test, and scored a 790. It would have been an 800 but I left one question blank. I cannot attest to how effectual this guide has been for others, but all I can say is that for an experienced test taker having only been a few steps away from achieving a perfect score, this guide would not have helped me to achieve that. My advice is to get the Official SAT Study guide, work through each and every multiple choice section, mark off the questions that you miss and go back and evaluate and analyze why you selected the incorrect answer, what the correct answer was, and why it is correct. Unfortunately there is no tell-all guide available that really breaks down the critical reading section in a very detailed manner---you'll have to break it down yourself.

    The SAT is a challenging test.
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