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Kaplan 12 Practice Tests for the SAT, 2009 Edition Paperback – July 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1419550393 ISBN-10: 141955039X

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Product Details

  • Series: Kaplan 12 Practice Tests for the SAT
  • Paperback: 1080 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141955039X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419550393
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 8.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The tests in this book are nothing like the real SAT.
Ashraf Eassa
This book is extremely inaccurate, especially on math and critical reading section.
DONTBUYTHIS
Yet in the answer they make no mention of the second mistake.
Isaac Brooks

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jhony Johannis on September 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is likely the best buy currently on the market to complement the Collegeboard's Official SAT Study Guide. Unlike previous KAPLAN publications on the New SAT 1, it contains a myriad of additional practice, which is strongly modeled upon the exercises of abovementioned Official Guide. In particular, the grammar-related exercises of the Writing Section show identical error patterns to those of the Official Guide, and the Sentence Completions practice is featuring the traditional SAT vocabulary without venturing out into the kind of exotic vocabulary which is so often found in other books, but which is unlikely to ever make an appearance in the real test.

This apparent duplication of question types is not a bad thing. The scope of the SAT 1 is actually rather limited, and optimizing one's score often comes down to additional reliable practice, which is just what this book offers. Note that in earlier publications on the New SAT 1, KAPLAN made some serious errors in test format and content, probably as a result of a lack of initial information about the ultimate format and emphasis of the New SAT 1. This book settles at least that problem: the 12 practice examinations overall follow the official test, both in test structure (number of sections, number of questions and time allotment per section) and in test questions.

A serious word of caution, though, about the Mathematics practice in this book. Whereas the authors seemed to have closely followed the patterns of the Official SAT Guide for the Writing and Reading Sections, they seemed to have ventured into unnecessary improvisation in the Mathematics Section.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on October 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book solely because it was the only book that offered the most number of practice tests for the SAT Reasoning Test. Generally, I found the practice tests to be solid, reliable and closely resembling the real exam itself. However, I have to say that the vocabulary questions of the critical reading section are much easier than that of the real exam. The maths section is also not comprehensive enough as there seems to be a lack of polynomials and graph-transformation questions.

I was irritated by the fact that a surprising number of questions in the later practice tests were recycled from the previous tests, particularly the vocabulary and essay questions. Also, the fact that grammatical errors exist in the critical reading passages pinpoints a lack of editing on the writer's part. On the brighter side, the explanations provided together with the answers are comprehensive enough except for the sample essays which I found to be overtly simple. In fact, when I compared the sample essays with those provided at the official College Board website, I found that a grade 6 sample essay in this book would at best be awarded a grade 4 according to College Board standards.

Notwithstanding the blemishes and imperfections of this book as outlined above, I would still recommend this book as additional practice for any SAT candidate. However, one should still attempt the practice tests in the Official College Board blue book before buying this book.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rahul on July 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book thinking i would get some good practice..instead when i opened it i thought some questions looked familiar...so i took out the 2006 version of this book and compared the two.....BOTH ARE EXACTLY THE SAME...ALL 12 TEST..ALL THE QUESTIONS...THE ORDER...THE ESSAY...i was supremely angry....So if you have the 2006 version of this book then definitely dont purchase this book....

If you dont have the older version(s) of this book...then buy it if you want some good practice....depite dozens of errors...you will still get some good practice....i just wish that i knew this book would be the exact same as the 2006 version...then i wouldnt have bought it...
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Rycko on August 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a student, practicing independently for the SAT. I bought this book because it had decent reviews on amazon. I have to say that this book has some terrible mistakes that can't be even called typos. I took only the first practice test, and I akready discovered grammatical errors on the verbal and writing sectios that are supposed to test on the same mistakes! Some of the answers are poorly explained and some reading passages do not (at all) adhere to the real SAT format- questioons on these passages are usually very ambiguous.

On the other side, I believe this is the best practice test SAT book on the market other than the Officail SAT Guide. If one runs out of the "real" questions, not many decent practice test options are left...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CHI MING CHEN on February 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
1.)some of the answers do not match with the explainations

2.)overly repetitive

3.) Most of the reading composition topics are the same as the blue book. They just changed some of the words.

4.) Why buy this when you can get the real thing at collegeboard.com
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Pscolka on November 13, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am a full-time tutor and have several of my students use this book. As with any test prep book not published by the College Board, there a couple of questionable questions. The answers and explanations sections are fair; I have not found a book that offers very good commentary on answer choices. The explanations still give a student the chance to work independently.

Some questions are modeled after the College Board book's while others are not.

Overall, Kaplan 12 is valuable, because it is most important for students to PRACTICE and think critically about their incorrect answers. Where are you going to find more practice?
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