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About the Author

Eliot Schrefer worked as a tutor for six years. He has been profiled in Newsweek and New York magazine and on National Public Radio. He is a contributor to USA Today and the author of the novels Glamorous Disasters and The New Kid (September 2007). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (July 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592403697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592403691
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ELIOT SCHREFER is a resident of New York City and an honors graduate of Harvard College. A contributor to The Huffington Post and a reviewer for USAToday, Eliot has been profiled in Newsweek, New York Magazine, the New York Post, WWD, and NPR's "Leonard Lopate Show." His first novel, Glamorous Disasters, became an international bestseller. He has since been writing for young adults. His books have been translated into Russian, Polish, Romanian, and German.

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By BookLover on August 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is truly a mixed bag. On one hand, it's funny, easy to read, and contains some smart tips. On the other hand, it contains very few examples and some embarrassing errors, which caused me to question its accuracy.

I applaud the author for writing a concise SAT guide that is accessible to the typical student. However, I would strongly advise readers to use this book in conjunction with the College Board's own preparation guides. On its own, this book does not provide adequate background material - or examples - for the average reader.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sarayale on January 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is full of a lot of jokes, and not that much actual content, BUT there are enough real tips and information to make it worth purchasing. I am an SAT tutor and was shocked at how spot on the author was in some areas. For example, he mentions that the SAT frequently uses words such as anthropology, undermine, and underscore. In tutoring, my students have asked me what those words mean, and have even gotten questions wrong because of not knowing. So good tidbits of info, use with other materials. The author also gives some interesting info that I would have otherwise not known that may not directly help you on the SAT but is interesting to know. For example, he mentions information on how people get extra time on the SAT.

PS I only tutor Critical Reading & Writing so I did not read the Math sections.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By taiyo on May 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
First off, if you plan on buying this book, DO NOT PURCHASE THE KINDLE VERSION. The formatting is horrifying, and the effect of the book is somewhat lost when converted to an ebook. (For instance, the vocab words on the bottoms of the pages in the physical copy are not present in the ebook version. There is more that irks me about the Kindle version, but I won't spend the whole review complaining about it. PLEASE, do yourself a favor and order a physical copy!)

This is one of those SAT help books that is actually fun to read. Just that makes Hack the SAT rather unique. I enjoyed working my way through this book, and the SAT tips were very helpful. The essay section had especially brilliant advice, and the math section provided an adequate supplementary review of the concepts I needed to slog my way through the SAT again.

All in all, a nice book, yet I would caution anyone against trying to study for the SAT with ONLY this book. For one thing, it doesn't have enough practice activities. There are also a few errors in the book (one practice question did not list the correct answer as an option, there are a couple typos, etc.). If you're looking to score competitively, invest in the CollegeBoard's "Blue Book," which has real, multiple practice tests.(Practice tests are an integral part of any study routine for the SAT. Please do as many of them as possible to accustom yourself to the types of questions asked on the SAT.) Barron's 2400 and Kaplan guides are also very good, so please check those out for a more thorough review of SAT concepts.

Good luck!
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29 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Schwartz on November 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I found this book while buying an SAT guide for my nephew, and spent about an hour reading it. While I was impressed by the rates the author charges his students to tutor them (hundreds!), I wasn't impressed with the book. The book seems overly obsessed with scores and scoring higher. I scored the equivalent of above 2300 on the SAT and got into every college I applied to --- including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, and the top small colleges --- but reading the book with its intense focus on scoring made ME nervous.

The mentality that the author is coming from seems pretty typical of the prep school crowd, at least the ones that I went to college with. And prep school kids do need to do more in order to stand out; it's much easier to get into H/Y/P from the great public high schools of the Midwest than from Eastern prep schools. And prep school kids seem to have this whole stigma against the good public universities, so they regard attending them as a failure, whereas from my Midwestern high school we just saw it as normal and going to an Ivy as a bonus. I don't envy them. But the mentality is intense and neurotic enough to drive anyone crazy.

As an example, he suggests that everyone take the test preferably three times, unless they get a high score to start with, and he gives a whole schedule on which to take the tests so that you have multiple tries. He gives suggestions for which subject tests it's easiest to get a good score on. Some of the practice questions are even about the SAT itself. And periodically in the middle of a hint, he'll say things like, "There's a lot riding on this test." In case you're not feeling enough anxiety already.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lazy sat taker on July 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
I met the author at the Countryside library near where I attend school. The author gave an impressive presentation so I went ahead and bought the book. I only read the verbal section a few nights before taking the SAT for the second time. My scores the first time were pretty good but they could stand to go up a few more points. The score on my verbal section went up a full 40 points. I highly recommend the book to anyone taking the SAT. Its a quick and funny read and because the SAT is a logic based test, you need to understand the test writers thinking and how you might be tricked into picking the wrong answer if you aren't a "logical thinker". Its a great last minute study aid.
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