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Direct Hits Core Vocabulary of the SAT 5th Edition (2013) [Kindle Edition]

Direct Hits , Ted Griffith
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Does developing a high-level vocabulary need to be a tedious, frustrating task? Direct Hits doesn’t think so. Research has shown that a powerful and vibrant vocabulary has a high correlation with success in school, business, the professions, AND standardized tests, including the PSAT, SAT, SSAT, and AP exams. Direct Hits Core Vocabulary of the SAT offers a different approach.

Direct Hits' Core Vocabulary focuses on the level 3 and 4 words a student needs to know to achieve a Critical Reading score above a 500. This book includes the following features:

- Selective vocabulary found on recent SATs and PSATs used in context. No more memorizing the definitions of long lists of seemingly random words in a vacuum
- Relevant, vivid, and memorable examples from literature, historic events, contemporary issues, and pop culture
- A Fast Review for each chapter, with quick definitions
- A Final Review with sentence completion questions just like real SATs and PSATs, including complete solution explanations

The book is organized into six easy-to-tackle chapters as follows:

- Chapters One and Two are devoted to 100 core words that have repeatedly appeared on the SAT and PSAT
- Chapter Three introduces 30 words about interesting types of people, defined through examples from pop culture icons to make the words relevant and understandable to any teen
- Chapter Four uses historic figures and events to explain each vocabulary word
- Chapter Five focuses on the most frequently used prefixes on the SAT
- Chapter Six highlights tone words that are commonly tested in sentence completion and critical reading sections

Formatted as a 6" by 9" paperback book with 162 pages, teens are comfortable carrying the Direct Hits Core Vocabulary book with them to study another word or two when time permits. Building on the success of previous four editions, the authors of Direct Hits Core Vocabulary of the SAT - 5th Edition consulted secondary school teachers, tutors, parents, and students from around the world to ensure that these words and illustrations are on target to prepare you for success on the SAT. You will find that the process is effective, worthwhile, and even fun!


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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy, Borrow Or Steal It. But Please Use It. March 1, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I received a review copy of the 5th edition, both volumes. As a tutor who has been using Direct Hits since the 1st edition and has also used 300 Essential Words, I offer the following comments.

First, there are a lot of lists out there (I'm sure I've seen almost all of them), but the Direct Hits Family is the best. The list is based upon the actual SAT Test. The list is manageable. 1000 words, 3500 words, 5000 words?! Really? If you know that many words you need to work for Merriam-Webster. Time would be better spent reading. It is so well organized. The 5th edition shows welcome changes from the earlier editions. The explanations require less reading, sentences rather than passages. The Latin/Greek roots are interspersed throughout the books and connected with the relevant words. Direct Hits does a fantastic job in bring up previous words in new lessons; this serves as functional review. There are less sentence completion review exercises than in the earlier versions, but if you know how to use the blog posts it more than makes up for it.

Heck, if you're already in college but find the reading "soo hard" get both volumes and get educated son. It's not gonna get eazier.

In conclusion, I recommend Direct Hits for tutors, self-studying SAT students or anyone who wants to get a vocabulary foundation for college level. Remember, it is a start not a panacea, but it's probably the best start out there
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible March 23, 2013
Format:Paperback
Note: I received a review copy of this book.

Like other reviewers have mentioned, the book is concise and entertaining. What they neglected to mention is how much better it is than everything else. My review copy came with a list of over 130 words which were on both recent SAT's and in this book! That's flat out incredible, given that there are 440 words in the Core + Toughest books. Most of the other companies have word lists in the thousands, and their hit rate is definitely lower.

The other great thing about the books is how much fun they are to read. Each word has a paragraph or two telling a story, which makes it simple to learn the words. All the descriptions are either cool facts from history or quotes/items related to current events and pop culture, so teenagers are much more likely to understand and incorporate the words into their vocabulary. There's also a review at the end with all the words and their definitions if you want a quick refresher. One other new feature is the sample sentence completions at the end of each book - there are about 30 of them in each book, and they're very realistic.

I'm currently a junior at Yale, and I used an older version of Direct Hits in the past, which I largely credit for my 800 Critical Reading score on the SAT. I had a blast reviewing the 5th edition because the books are so well written and entertaining, and I never thought I'd say that about a SAT vocab book.

If you want to get a great score, and have a fun time learning some really cool words, then Direct Hits is your best choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful study aid for SAT August 4, 2013
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I have used this vocabulary book working with students who are studying for the SAT. The up-to-date relevant examples help students readily understand how a word is used in context. As soon as I started to explain a few of the examples for an entry, students would come up with their own examples, sometimes the next example illustrated under the entry word.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best! February 15, 2014
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Before receiving Direct Hits, I was confused as to how a book can teach you words, but actually, it's the best thing.
Each paragraph with a word is constructed so brilliantly, that before you know it, you can name three synonymous rather than one. Like trite, banal, hackneyed. And then you learn even more words in the paragraph that they describe that word. Such as Paula Abdul's "banal comments on American Idol".
I 100% recommend Direct Hits. I'm finding it more helpful than flashcards, and that's a lot to say as I've been using flashcards all my life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent teaching and learning aid! January 27, 2014
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This is an excellent book. I am using it for my high school English classes for the first time. The definitions use current examples, and students seem to grasp the meanings much more easily than standard dictionary definitions. One of my students took the SAT on Saturday, and he felt that the vocabulary section was a breeze due to our focus on improving vocabulary this year using this edition. The only improvement I can recommend to the editor is to not use a form of the word in its definition (something so many dictionaries are guilty of, too)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good November 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
good overall -- like the grouping of words into similar categories and contemporary examples of word usage. Vocab words in book aligned with has been used in past SAT tests.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Vocab Builder January 1, 2013
Format:Paperback
The way to learn words is not to make flashcards but to find associations.
Direct Hits has done an admirable job of selecting some likely SAT/GRE/etc. words and providing, in each case, several useful associations to which students may respond. The use of contemporary links as well as historical and philological ones is well done, and a useful selection of roots is included as well.
The only really needed improvement would be a larger set of sentence completion questions for the student to use for testing; even better would be to put them on the web.
Definitely worth the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exellent and interesting vocabulary book
I viewed this book on Kindle. The approach to vocabulary using relevant stories is interestng. While some choice of words that are bundled together have slight differences in... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars First choice not only for native speakers
This book is just amazing. Though I am not a native speaker, reading those stories is still a fantastic experience. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Best for last minute preparation
This is the only vocab book I found that really contains the high frequency words. Just by perusing this book, you can easily get atleast 90% of the sentence completion questions... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bassim Eledath
5.0 out of 5 stars I cried when I saw my CR score
I brought both Direct Hits books about a month ago. I'm still reading the first Volume but it is simply amazing. I took the 2nd practice test in the BB and scored a 580 in CR. Read more
Published 1 month ago by fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great help for me. Makes it interesting and fun to learn vocabulary
Published 2 months ago by L. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is an easy way to learn SAT vocabulary. BIG thumbs up.
Published 2 months ago by AMZ
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good
I like this book, i purchased it to study for a test, it helped a lot, the format is off a little
Published 6 months ago by willianne eugene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Lots of fun to read! Makes learning vocabulary for the SAT easy and fun :) I love the separation by category and repeated use of other words; it really helps words stick to the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tapas Mishra
5.0 out of 5 stars effective way to learn SAT vocab
I like this book because it provides a deeper understanding in learning words by including informative examples of the words being used. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tris
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