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Kaplan SAT Premier 2010-2011 Paperback – January 5, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1607143000 ISBN-10: 1607143003 Edition: Pap/Cdr

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 780 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; Pap/Cdr edition (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607143003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607143000
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,191,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Gives you a good idea of what level of questions are asked on the SAT.
Two kids mom
My son will be taking the SAT in the Fall and wanted him to be as prepared as possible so we asked my college bound daughter to take an in-depth look at this book\cd.
C. Hill
Overall he feels he is picking up some things, but is not overly enthusiastic about using the Kaplan book.
R. Garth

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I'm putting together an SAT prep boot camp for my younger sister this summer, and I'm trying to decide which SAT prep books to use. I scored a 1490 (out of 1600, old system) on the SAT in high school, a 1460 on the GRE, and a 34R on the MCAT. I also took way too many AP exams. So I've used a lot of test prep books, and have an idea of what I like and what works (for me).

CONTENT: Misleading, but adequate.
The cover advertises 10 full length practice tests, 300 additional practice questions, etc. Only 4 of those practice tests are in the text, the others are on CD. To me, the cover is misleading. I like to practice in the format that I will be tested in, and the SAT is a little unusual in that it is still a pencil and paper exam, not computerized (at least that's my impression after checking the website, I couldn't find that information in the Kaplan guide). That being said, there is a fair amount of paper content, and even more digital content. To me, the guide is worth it just for all of the practice questions and exams.

LAYOUT: Frustrating and busy.
The guide starts with a lot of general "how to study" advice, segues into exam strategy, then practice questions and finally ends with the full length exams. I would probably work through it in the reverse order. As someone who enjoys my literature classes, I can appreciate non-linear texts. I'm not really looking for that in my study guides though. When I gear up to take a major standardized test, I start with a full length practice exam to see where I'm at, check my scores, obsess over any deficiencies, then check with the strategy sections that apply to my specific issues. So test strategy is like an appendices, it's for reference, not meant to be read straight through. Focus is key.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Fogarty VINE VOICE on April 17, 2010
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I've had two kids go through the SAT's and have two more taking it next year so I've spent a lot of time going through the SAT prep books. Kaplan has a great new addition.

It has 10 full length practice tests, (4 in the book and 6 online) and there's also a bonus CD included for offline practice.

There are a lot of great looking online features in this book that my older kids didn't get to use. Video mini-lessons that go over the important concepts in each chapter and instructors explaining strategies, giving answers to questions and chats.

It's a great value for the money. The SAT prep classes run hundreds of dollars. As long as your child is self motivated enough to do the work, this book is as good or even better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LookinG for Trouble VINE VOICE on July 12, 2010
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This guide does many things well. Before reading the tips and information though, it would be useful to do a practice test, either one of the online tests (preferable) or the FOUR tests, not ten, included in the book. It's important to have a baseline so you know where you are beginning to see how much your score improves - both by understanding the test and its format - and by seeing how testing anxiety can effect you even in an informal setting. I am involved in testing and if you test students at the end of the year and find out where they're at, that's all great and good, but it's a lot more meaningful when you an demonstrate growth by knowing at what level they started. This guide looks huge but it is made up of a lot of tests and explanations - the last 393 pages are only these.

I have been involved in high stakes testing in a variety of roles for the last ten years. There are a lot of things you can learn from this book, clear strategies that will help you succeed in improving your scores on the SAT. What was funny, a thing I discovered AFTER doing a practice test is that in the math section when you are trying to figure out the value of y, to start with the middle choice and figure out whether it is correct or whether you need to go higher or lower because the numbers will be sequential. LOL!!! I don't know how I missed that my entire life - probably because I don't pay much attention to the math sections.

The section on the writing portion of the SAT is woefully inadequate. Readers of this section may think that the higher scores may be gotten with quick vignettes from real life, that the essays may be written with casual vocabulary and with not very much grace in the sentence structure or voice. None of these things are true.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2010
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Over the past five years I've accumulated an eclectic collection of SAT practice books from various publishers, each book promising to be the Holy Grail. Yet despite the grand promises promoted on each book's cover, I continue to return to the book I consider the gold standard, the Official Study Guide published by the College Board. Kaplans's book is serviceable and helpful, but it's not the best I've seen. With its flaws this colossal book should be used under the guidance of an experienced SAT teacher.

SAT guide books, including this one, warn about being lured by absolute terms used in SAT answer choices. It's ironic that on Kaplan's cover is the claim, "EVERYTHING you need to score higher." There's much in Kaplan that is useful but EVERYTHING is a bit of hyperbole. The book itself contains four practice tests; an additional 6 are on the included CD.

Likes:
The test items and answers are reasonable, and I found very few answers with which I disagree. Every SAT book I've ever used contains a few items that this self-professed know-it-all contests or finds questionable. The vocabulary items contain a good mix of words and good context clues. The reading items have a good mix of question types. Not being a math teacher, I deferred to several of my math teacher colleagues who found the math portion of this book worthwhile.

On the CD are practice tests and practice exercises so that a student can work on specific areas. Getting immediate answer feedback and thorough explanations is a great feature of the CD. Students may choose a timed mode or an untimed mode with hints, hints that can be humorous. One of my favorite hints in the writing secion advises the student not to look hard for a mistake.
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