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Gruber's Complete SAT Guide 2009 (Gruber's Complete SAT Guide -12th Edition) 12th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1402212024
ISBN-10: 140221202X
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"If you buy only one SAT test prep book, choose this one! It's the only book I've seen for the SAT that fulfills all of my high expectations for an ideal test prep study guide." - About.com

About the Author

Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D., is recognized nationally as the leading expert on the SAT, test-taking methods and critical thinking skills. His books on test taking and critical thinking skills have sold more than seven million copies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1100 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; 12th edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140221202X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402212024
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary R. Gruber, PhD is recognized as the leading expert on standardized tests, test-taking methods, and critical thinking skills. Gruber's programs are used more than any others by the nation's school districts, and proven to result in the highest-documented school district standardized test scores. The Washington Post called Dr. Gruber "America's Super Genius", and PBS selected him to train the nation's teachers on how to prepare students for the SAT. Dr. Gruber has consulted with all the major testing organizations, including the College Board and ETS-the world's largest private educational testing and measurement organization. He has published over 40 books, with more than 7 million copies sold.

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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Petrosian VINE VOICE on July 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
I work for a tutoring company. With my employer's permission, I use this book after my students have exhausted all of my company's prep materials.

This is an excellent book for SAT tutors; a average-to-good book for students using this book as their sole source of preparation; an excellent book when used in conjunction with the SAT exams published by the College Board.

This book teaches critical thinking strategies which are essential for not only the SAT, but other examinations you will take in high school and college. I cannot recommend the strategies highly enough. Other SAT test prep books teach you tricks. The Gruber book teaches you thinking strategies which will serve you for years to come.

I will focus on the math content, as that is what I usually use this book for.

-Critical Reading Section-

The questions in the review tests are a little harder than the actual SAT. The critical thinking strategies are useful.
The vocab list is extensive, and perhaps a touch overly difficult, but it would be a good list for a student to work with if they want to do very long term preparation (12+ months plus) for this test.

-Writing Section-

The writing section is an afterthought, in terms of content review other than the practice tests. If this book ever gets revised, this is the section that needs to be beefed up. (The writing section hasn't been expanded from the 10th edition.) The practice test questions are a touch harder than the actual SAT questions.

However, this book has a section on writing the essay which would be helpful for many students. It also has a section on grammar that should be required reading for every high school student in this country.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Jovicin on July 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
So...at first I was a little hesitant to switch books for my tutoring class, but this summer I conducted a thorough review of many of the SAT books on the market. I decided to classify my findings here on amazon.

Gruber's books I rated as 5 stars because of the following:
1. Great content including easy to advanced questions for all sections of the exam.
2. Easy to follow examples with thorough answer explanations.
3. Math sections covering all concepts with lots of practice problems.
4. "Like real" exams with explanations to all questions (unlike some of the books I reviewed that only give the answer but no explanation).
5. New writing section with entire grammar and writing sections

What pushed me over the edge to 5 stars: the unique critical thinking skills included in the book that teach lessons beyond the SAT test. Great book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RHF on September 16, 2008
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This SAT Test book has consistently been strong on good test strategies and thinking skills yet its author and publisher need to revise, update and correct mistakes in this otherwise good test-prep book. The root "anim" is the root list has erroneously been given the meaning "year" since the first edition...1980's? Check out the redundant use of "er,or" in the "suffix section". Other errors include no lines specified in the margin of the very first reading passage section (EXAMPLE 2,p.134.in the,2009 Edition). Numerous 'strategy' and 'test' examples and some solutions need to be updated/revised. Why the redundant use of examples from the "Strategy Diagnostic Test,Part2" and the Strategy Section"? All five "SAT Practice Tests, Section 3" should be reviewed and updated with present SAT test questions, i.e., more 'line specified' reading questions; math questions should reflect more clever updated thinking demonstrated by the College Board test questions. I only use Gruber's SAT Practice Tests as individual questions and as timing exercises. I use only Real SAT Tests in the College Board Publications for my students when they take full tests.

Therefore ,although I regularly use this book, I have developed my own strategies that can make use of and/or extend Gruber's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Aho on August 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Good find...I always suggest Gruber's books for my students studying for standardized tests such as the SAT. His material is extremely useful and his strategies are not to be without.

I noticed new additions to this 12th edition book which make it even better than the last 11th Edition. For example the "Hot Prefixes and Roots" which gives you a real easy way to learn some of his important prefixes and roots and which will get you the meaning of lots of important words.

1. The math section is great with good explanations. I also like how the book contains many practice examples in each math strategy section. The tests have a good balance of types of questions and challenging problems.

2. The verbal section is very good and covers so many vocab. words. Specifically, the prefix and roots sub-sections are very helpful to teach students. Students can learn without having to memorize each word!!

3. The grammar and essay sections are very comprehensive. The section could contain a little more essay examples and samples but hopefully other Gruber books will come out soon, even a standalone writing book. I feel like it contains so many rules the book could be used as a grammar book by itself.

Great book!!
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