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Kaplan SAT Subject Test: U.S. History, 2008-2009 Edition (Kaplan SAT Subject Tests: U.S. History) Paperback – March 4, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Kaplan SAT Subject Tests: U.S. History
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 2008-2009 Ed edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419551884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419551888
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,009,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mikyung Kim on June 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
I will make this short and sweet.
I bought both this book as well as the barons sat US history book.
This one dominates in that it makes it 10 times easier to understand. Barron's has a lot of unnecessary info but it is much more thorough in basically all the reading. BUTT it is many times more boring and often very hard to read and understand.
I read this book about 3 times (takes about like 3-4 hours, short read!!), did the tests and skimmed over the barrons and amazingly got a 760!!! it was weird cus on the practice tests in this book, i score no higher than 720. the barrons tests are RIDICULOUSly hard!!!! might be good just for info review. If your like me, where if the reading gets to complex then you tune out, get this one!!! Barrons is unnecessarily cus i did not learn anything from that to be honest..
*make sure you memorize the ammendments,acts,court cases, and important election dates......which leads to (down)

BUY the sparknotes flash cards!! They work pretty. welll i thought soo.
good luck kids!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in May to prepare for the June SAT II in US History and it was amazing!!! Before opening the book, I took a practice test through the OFFICIAL SAT SUBJECT TEST BOOK published by the College Board. I scored a 650 or 660, or something low like that. I was a little agitated because I bought a book for the AP US History Exam and read through that entire tome. Anyway, after recieving the book 2 weeks before the test, I read it cover to cover and took all of the 3 practice tests. Though the highest I recieved on the practice tests was a 690, I somehow pulled a 750 on the real SAT II. This book definately helped a lot and went into great dept on post-WWI. The main reason to purchase this book definately lies in the chapter reviews. They are great and give you the exact knowledge you will need for the test. Also, with review questions at the end of each chapter, the knowledge stays in your head and you retain all of the information. Two of the chapter review questions were word for word on the actual test! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to recieve a 700+, because with just a small amount of backround knowledge in US History you can learn all that it takes to ace the exam!!! A+, 5 stars, and my highest recommendation!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Kemp on December 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
Good book--though it looks daunting at first, it is actually very concise and factual. I took AP US History the year before I took the SAT II US History exam, so much of this was review but I had also forgotten quite a bit. I read through this whole book, taking notes the whole time and ended up with a 760. I am sure this book brought my score up considerably.

I like the end-of-chapter quizzes too!

Before buying, I skimmed through Barron's and this book is much better. Barron's distracted me from the main points, going way too far into detail. I like that this had detailed, yet pertinent, information.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James C. on December 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for the US History SAT II on a whim. Usually, I buy Princeton Review, but for some reason Borders was out of the US History books for that particular publisher. So instead, I picked up the last Kaplan Review US History book, which cost around 20 with tax.

So buying off Amazon would have saved me about 8 bucks, but I had 2 weeks to study. Anyway...

Reading through it, I found it was simply written. However, I constantly found grammar and punctuation, as well as misspellings, throughout the whole book which irritated me and distracted from my reading. How could a book that costs around 20 have so many errors?

It made me realize that Kaplan was not as professional as I thought. Where the heck were the editors? Did they not proofread the book? I mean, COME ON. I'm sure there were more editions before this one, and did not anyone check the book to make sure it was all correct?

I'm sending it back to them.
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