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Direct Hits Toughest Vocabulary of the SAT 5th Edition (Volume 2) Paperback – September 24, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Direct Hits
  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Direct Hits Publishing; 5 edition (September 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936551144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936551149
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Direct Hits Publishing team is made up of educators including reading specialists, AP English teachers, and master tutors. Building on the success of the previous four editions, they take the SAT themselves and consult with other secondary school teachers, parents, and students from around the world to ensure that these words and illustrations are on target to prepare students for success on standardized tests.

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It is well thought out and well organized.
Christopher Obert
In conclusion, I recommend Direct Hits for tutors, self-studying SAT students or anyone who wants to get a vocabulary foundation for college level.
Amazon Customer
Thanks to their fun method of teaching vocab through relevant stories, it was a breeze learning the words.
Tris

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 1, 2013
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rishab on February 23, 2013
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The 2 volumes of this book simply changed the way of learning vocabulary. I simply love this approach. Its better than any other resource available.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary on March 5, 2013
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If you have scrolled through any of the forums of College Confidential (a great website to help prepare for SAT, lots of strategies and etc.) it is obvious that Direct Hits is the winner. I previously recommended Word Smart series, but I change my mind seeing this one. Best one out there. (P.S. don't be dumb and do stupid stuff like Baron's 3500, real waste of time. See CC for more information)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dawn on March 14, 2013
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Awesome! The practical application, as well a the breakdown of the words into affixes and root words was really helpful
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Apryl Herrell on January 23, 2013
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I received this book to review, and I have to say that I have actually enjoyed reading it. This vocabulary book takes some of the hardest words from the SAT and puts them into a context that is easy to understand.

Each word is introduced with the definition, and then there is a paragraph that uses the word in pop culture, literature or historical event references.

As an example, here is there entry for CAUSTIC:

"As a former judge on American Idol, Simon Cowell was famous for the CAUSTIC barbs he directed at INEPT (word 114) contestants. He told one would-be singer, "If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning." Ouch! Now that's a CAUSTIC remark!"
When using the vocabulary word in context, they also sprinkle in other vocabulary words, along with their reference number so they can be looked up.

Volume Two covers words in the following categories: Rhetorical/Literary Terms, Science and the Social Sciences, Words with Multiple Meanings, and the Toughest Words I and II. There is also a quiz in the back to see how well you have learned.

Direct Hits has several other vocabulary books to choose from, so be sure to check those out as well.

I have read many SAT prep vocabulary books out there, and this one is definitely on my recommended list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Talisgeir on March 20, 2014
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I love the way this series (including volume 1) is organized. By putting related-definition words together, it makes it way easier to learn the words that the typical list-based approach, plus you learn the sometimes minute usage differences between similar words. This makes it a much easier read, too, in the first place, and a great help for SAT. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tris on April 14, 2014
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As a junior, I needed to be prepared for AP tests especially in English Language and for the SAT.
Direct Hits did not fail me. Thanks to their fun method of teaching vocab through relevant stories, it was a breeze learning the words.
And these words aren't only relevant for the SAT(which I scored a 680 on Critical Reading on my first try). I've read other nonfiction books such as Into the Wild and I was delighted seeing vocab I've learned from this book.
To anyone wanting to brush up their vocabulary for the SAT, AP test, or just anything in general, this book is a worthy purchase.
By the way, I want to include that I first read the CORE VOCABULARY Direct Hits. Don't forget to buy that one too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By navtej on October 22, 2013
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contains stories associated with words, so it becomes easy to grasp those words. (sort of mnemonic thing)

Total contained words are 440, 225 in Core Vocab. and remaining in Tough Vocab.
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