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Poor Editing, Great Content
on March 31, 2011
The only reason I gave this book four stars instead of five is because of the apparent lack of editing prior to its publication. Typos and misspelled words dot the back cover, and somebody clearly doesn't know how to keep the height to width ratio on pictures while resizing them - Dr. Chung's head cannot possibly be as long as it is in the picture on the back cover. If you're not a stickler for aesthetics, you probably won't care about any of this...
The good part of the book comes once you flip past the cover. I didn't care enough to go through all fifty "perfect tips" before the tests. If you feel as if you know how to attack SAT math problems but just need more practice, I recommend you do likewise. The problems in this practice book differ from actual SAT math problems in that they are more difficult and more conceptual. You will not stumble across any "read the pictograph" problems. Although some problems are relatively complex, the vast majority of the explanations do them justice.
The transition from this book to practice SATs from the CollegeBoard Blue Book should be relatively easy. After taking 7 practice from this book, I noticed that SAT math problems were much easier and I could do them much faster. When I took the SAT for the first time, I scored a 650 on math and I had actually run out of time on the math sections. After finishing seven practice tests from this book I scored a 760 on the math section of the SAT the second time I took it. Also, I had approximately five minutes to spare on every math section of the real SAT.
If you can devote half an hour each day to doing one practice section out of this book, your SAT scores will improve. But make sure that you understand why you got a certain question wrong so that you won't make the same mistake twice.
Want a higher SAT math score? Willing to work? Buy this book!