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Direct Hits Core Vocabulary of the SAT 4th Edition Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1936551057 ISBN-10: 1936551055

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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Direct Hits Publishing (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936551055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936551057
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These books give valuable hooks that help you remember what each word means.
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As a whole, both the Direct Hits Core Vocabulary of the SAT 4th Edition and the Direct Hits Toughest Vocabulary of the SAT 4th Edition are highly recommended.
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While I had reasonably favorable success with this section of the SAT when in high school, this book would have been a great help towards a higher score.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
You will greatly benefit from and enjoy the process of building your vocabulary, even if you are not preparing to sit for the SAT exam, as you read one or both volumes of the 4th edition of Core Vocabulary of the SAT and Toughest Vocabulary of the SAT by Direct HitsTM

Did I just say "enjoy" in connection with learning vocabulary? Yes, I did, and I meant it. Both books are divided into three main sections: several chapters of vocabulary, a fast review section, and a test (with answers following). There is also a useful Index so you can mark words that may require extra study after you take the exam.

Volume One covers the core vocabulary in six chapters. Volume Two covers toughest terms in five chapters. What sets both of these books apart from standard vocabulary builders is that these make learning fun. SAT applicants will connect with the contemporary references that augment the traditional definitions. These books give valuable hooks that help you remember what each word means.

What most of us forget is that vocabulary adeptness isn't just a skill useful to ace entrance exams. A strong and confident use of words marks us as educated, thoughtful people. Being able to speak well and understand others helps us move up the career ladder and aids us in clearly communicating our ideas.

However, even if your purpose is simply to pass the SAT, you cannot go wrong in getting these books. Despite their compact size, they pack a wallop (my apologies to the authors but sometimes you simply have to use a common phrase to describe the impact, ahem, of a good book - or, in this case, two good books).

Volume 1 covers 220 core SAT vocabulary, dividing them into distinct sections.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. on February 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Direct Hits Core Vocabulary of the SAT 4th Edition contains a carefully researched list of 220 words that students should absolutely know if they wish to score well on the vocabulary portion of the SAT critical reading section. Unlike other SAT vocabulary lists, the Direct Hits collection includes literary, historical, and popular examples that nicely complement each of the words contained within it. While some of the examples may seem cheesy or just irrelevant at times, they make reading through the Direct Hits books more fun and otherwise memorizing vocabulary less monotonous and boring.

The 4th edition of the Direct Hits books contain some notable changes from their predecessors. First, rather than having a review at the end of each chapter, the books now have a cumulative test at the end. While the tests better represent the vocabulary portion of the SAT critical reading section, they are not as helpful in reinforcing learned words as students will not have a chance to apply the vocabulary studied in each chapter until the end. The change is not a major complaint and may even benefit some students. Another interesting addition is the "Know Your Roots" boxes. These boxes take the root of select words in each book and not only provide the definition of the root but also other words sharing it. As the saying goes, these root boxes help students kill two birds with one stone, that is, learn multiple words simply by learning the definition of their shared root.

As far the Core Vocabulary book goes, there is little to criticize about it. Having taken the SAT and multiple official practice tests myself, I can near guarantee that all of the words contained within the book have shown up at least once on the SAT and are likely to show up again in future ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OGTutor on May 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
I really like the format of the 4th edition. Having information about prefixes and roots throughout the book is very helpful. I also found having all the exercises at the back very useful. My son used these books for the SSAT and was well equipped for the SAT. Also as a SSAT tutor, I recommend Direct Hits Core Vocabulary Volume I to students who are taking the upper level SSAT, the standardized test for admissions into private middle and high school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FireBird28 on April 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
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I liked the way the book was set up with references to literature, history, and current events and pop culture.

I also liked the "Tip[s] for a Direct Hit" that carry examples forward, giving more specialized information, and the "Know Your Roots" boxes.

I found my favorite section of the book to be "Every Word Has a History" because it showed how some words, now fairly common in usage, have their origins in Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, European History and Literature, American Folklore and Politics, India, and Arab Astronomy.

While I had reasonably favorable success with this section of the SAT when in high school, this book would have been a great help towards a higher score.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Bremen on August 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I am tenured college faculty who wrote an entire blog post about these books. I absolutely loved them and found that they had purposes even beyond SAT use. The books are wonderful for anyone who wants to build further word capital and I believe they can be used for English/Communication courses and other standardized test prep. Why?

-They are fun to read! Everything from the font to the conversational tone of these guides just invites you inside. These are nothing like any study guide I've ever seen before. There are tons of references to pop culture, history and current events, music, authors, movies... a student-or anyone-will make real connections to the vocabulary and actually retain it on a deeper cognitive level.

-The books are short. I remember my ACT and GRE study guides as being akin to a small ottoman. These books are just over 100 pages and in multiple volumes. Easily digestible!

-You can find a list of quick definitions to refresh yourself toward the end, and even a quick test. Multiple layers of recall!

Here is the link to the full review: [...]. I highly recommend these enjoyable, manageable references that will serve students beyond their SAT needs!
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