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Kaplan SAT 2014 Strategies, Practice, and Review with 4 Practice Tests: book + online 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1618650566
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Celebrating 75 years as the world leader in the test prep industry, Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com) is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses.  Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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Product Details

  • Series: Kaplan SAT
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618650564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618650566
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Vince Kotchian on December 11, 2013
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I have been tutoring the SAT for over 6 years and have read a lot of SAT material along the way. Though this book does have some merit, I wouldn't recommend it for several reasons:

1. The practice tests are not like real SAT's. The differences are subtle but significant, especially in the verbal sections. This is a major downside: students who practice with these tests will find the real SAT different in several ways - most importantly, Kaplan's questions are usually more straightforward than real SAT questions. Please, do not practice with these tests - use College Board written tests only. There are plenty.

2. The techniques presented for verbal questions are oversimplified: "find the main idea", "eliminate wrong answers", "listen for the error". Sure, those methods work - IF you can do them. There are many bright students who need more explicit instruction for how to find main ideas, determine if an answer if definitely wrong, etc.

3. The techniques are demonstrated on Kaplan-written questions. It's easy to make a technique look effective if you write the question it's used on.

4. Several minor things are incorrect - for example, this book makes the case that the SAT tests trigonometry in math and double negatives in grammar. It doesn't. Certain reading passages are way off SAT style - for example, a passage that looks like it was taken from a science textbook about blood.

5. The little bubbles on the side of each page with tips tend to have facile tips. For example, one "perfect score tip" says that "I found that I didn't need to be overly creative to get a good score on the essay. Simply following Kaplan's rough format is enough to get you a good score.".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James R Davis on February 16, 2014
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It seems like you can't apply to any colleges now without taking the SAT first. They all want to know your score! My younger sister took the test and had a really hard time with it. She was so discouraged and worried that she wouldn't be able to get into any good college. So I bought her this book to help her study so that when she takes the test again, she'll do great.

I had hoped this book would help her, but I wasn't sure that this was the best way to go. It was recommended by a family friend and I figured it was cheap so it was worth a try. I'm so glad that we got this. After my sister went through the book, her next test score went up over 200 points! I was beyond impressed.

I had never heard of Kaplan before this so when I bought this book I thought they were just some book company. It turns out they're this business that is also about tutoring students to take post high school exams, like the SAT. They have a lot of different options for how you learn, like normal sit down classes and personal online tutoring. It's really cool and worth checking out if you're willing to invest more money than just buying a book.

Despite the somewhat high costs of their other programs, this guide is cheap enough to be easy on the wallet while still effective in improving your score. It carries the Kaplan name and quality without costing ridiculous amounts.

We used the full length exams to give us a starting point - an idea about what needed to be focused on the most in her studies. Then we used a couple to test progress periodically, and finally, at the end of the book, we had her take the last one. Her scores improved even between those tests as she learned the techniques throughout the book.

Her favorite part was all the tips and tricks they taught you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anahi Garcia on February 14, 2014
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I have been studying out of this book to retake my SATs and it is a very comprehensive guide. I really enjoy studying out of it and it is priced very reasonably.
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By Dezigning Woman on May 15, 2014
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Great help in preparing for the exam. I was to years out of high school when I decided to enroll in college, so I needed the "refresher."
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By bushra on April 19, 2014
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i like the book because it is helpful but don't have enough information. the book is oky for sat teast
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By Dr lu on September 1, 2014
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Great practice for the tests. HAs many helpful ideas and tips for test taking.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FOG on September 27, 2013
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I have been tutoring for over 10 years and have limped along with many different brands of SAT material. I ordered this book and I love the math problems in it. They are very similar to the actual test. Often books are trying too hard with their math problems. But, this book is great. I have not looked into the vocab/reading or writing explanations yet, but I assume they will be very good, too.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reenee on December 24, 2013
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This book is excellent in SAT test prep. Easy to read and the practice tests are very helpful in working on the types of questions that will be asked on the test.
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