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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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First, don't let my review deter you from buying this book. The tests are very useful because they give the student an opportunity to be exposed to many different types of problems. With that said, I was quite disappointed with the quality (or lack thereof) of the 50 tips. The tips are not clearly presented, and the problems that Chung provides do not allow the student to adequately practice and develop his/her knowledge of the tip. One issue is that the examples and problems in the tip area do not provide enough discussion. I say this as someone who has a strong background in advanced mathematics (Ph.D.) and many years experience teaching algebra and calculus. I end up having to look at the tip, and then close the book to explain it more clearly to my daughter. Overall, I was hoping for something with a bit more effort put into the teaching portion of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2014
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This book is very difficult (a good thing) and is filled with level 4 & 5 problems. You have to understand a lot of math before you buy it, but otherwise it serves as a great resource for practice tests!!

Going through the book i learned a lot (but it was somewhat difficult to understand my mistakes because the author didn't have deep explanations)

If you get this book and master it, and 800 would be a walk in the park; it just takes ALOT of work and practice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2014
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My daughter really didn't want to go over a math prep book for the SAT until she sat down with this book for a half hour. She is in pre-calculus, and wasn't worried about math skills from a few years ago. Now, she realizes that she forgot some of it, never saw the a math problem represented that way, or never even had some of the skills taught in her classes. You can advance through the book piecemeal, so it is not overwhelming. I'm very happy with the purchase.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2011
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The problems in this book (the tips) are way harder than most SAT math questions so it gets you VERY prepared. If you completed this book in its entirety, i wouldn't be surprised if you got a 750+ score in the math section. There are quite a few editing mistakes but it really doesn't matter because this book gives you hard core practice. The book is really meant for advanced math students in need of that extra boost to get them into the "hot shot" score range but nonetheless it provides great practice for any student.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2014
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This is by far the best book you can get if you're scoring >650 and are looking to get a near perfect score. The hints are actually really helpful in making sure you know the FASTEST way to do SAT type of problems (the level 4 and 5 ones). You should know a lot of the tips, and you might be tempted to skip right to the practice tests, but I can almost assure you that you'll find better and faster ways of solving certain types of problems (average speed, similar sides/areas, number of handshakes). Overall, I truly like the practice problems after each tip, I was expecting them to be long, algebraically computation intensive problems, but instead they are 'tough' in that they make you think, but there is always an easy way to solve them, just like level 4 and 5 SAT questions. Dr.Chung never expects you to solve out 5 minute algebraic problems, so if you're spending 2+ minutes on a problem you're probably not doing it the way he intended. As you practice you'll definitely develop a more intuitive eye for shortcuts as you go through the tips and then the practice tests.

As for the practice tests, I haven't taken any as I'm still going through all the tips, but if the questions are like the ones after each tip, then they practice tests probably won't resemble the actual SAT in that Chung's tests are mostly filled with level 4-5 questions. You probably won't finish in the time suggest in the first couple tries, but as you go through them you'll find yourself finding the shortcuts faster. Once you take the actual SAT you'll be more than to blow through the level 4-5 problems and finish with an abundant of time left.

**Update**
I started taking the practice tests as the SAT gets nearer, and as I suspected, the problems are mostly level 4-5. The great thing is that these DO resemble the tougher questions on the SAT. In fact, I've taken the PSAT and the SAT twice, and for each one I remember what problems gave me trouble on the math portion (2-4 per test), and to my surprise, there are almost exact replicas of those questions on Chung's book both in the tips and in the practice tests.

First test: 9 questions wrong(I normally get 2-4 wrong per SAT/PSAT), right on time for each section (normally 2-3 minutes left on the normal SAT, except for the last section which I either don't finish or finish right on time). Thoughts: tough, but it's not weird/crazy math, the questions resemble both the questions from the tips and the latter questions on the normal SAT.
Second test: 5 questions wrong (3 misreads, 2 brain-stompers). Finished each section with one to three minutes left. The questions are getting easier for me, though #16 on the last section was tougher than normal.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2012
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I got an 800 on the Math section of the Oct. 6th SATs. However, I have been scoring in the 700s for this section for awhile, so I'm not entirely sure that my score was due to this book. There are many blatant grammar and spelling mistakes that can be distracting for some people (I'm one of those people). The tips were so-so; some were alright, and others were like DUH. There were some tips I hadn't known, but I don't think they'd ever be NEEDED to solve a problem on the SAT, and they're just too complicated to memorize. I just skipped over them since what I was already doing worked, and using those tips wouldn't save me enough time to be worth my memorizing of them. What I did like about this book was that there were 20 whole math tests in the back, and I ended up doing 18 of them, since I like having the extra practice. The tests were extremely hard (harder than those in collegeboard's blue book and on the actual SAT) and were frustrating, but because they were hard, the real thing felt so much easier. Hence, my high score on the actual SAT. I'd say, skip most of the tips in the front and just use the 20 tests in the back to your advantage.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2011
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i have taught sat prep for 17 yrs and gotten hundreds of students into college with a full scholarships. this book is the gold standard !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2014
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At first, I thought the questions were insane. They were way too difficult. But after going through some of them, I am getting the hang of it.
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on April 10, 2013
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For a parent who is starting to worry about SAT preparation, this book should put your mind at ease. I am confident that this book holds every possible variation on SAT math questions that can possibly exist. The book starts out with approximately 50 Tips on how to solve the most frequently asked questions on the SAT Math portions of the test. The questions are challenging, but by the time the test comes around your son or daughter will definitely feel that they have been exposed to every scenario and variation of math topic. My son likes this book because it is straight to the point -- it prepares you for the math you will see on the test. Your teen will have plenty of practice after they have worked through the tips at the beginning of the text. Dr. John Chung's SAT Math 2nd Edition: 50 Perfect Tips and 20 Complete Tests.
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on April 5, 2015
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I rarely write reviews, but I felt I had to for this book. A lot of the reviews on here are parents proclaiming how wonderful this book is, or how high of a score their children received through this. I am writing this review based as a current junior.

This book is absolutely atrocious. It's a very Asian way of teaching (I am Asian btw), and there are minimum explanantions. I can't learn through rote memorization, but this is what the book is good for. So unless you are already scoring above a 700 and is looking for more practice, buy the book. But if you are scoring less than 700 and need consice explanantions please reconsider an easier book.
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