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The Official SAT Study Guide Second Edition Paperback – July 21, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0874478525 ISBN-10: 0874478529 Edition: 2nd
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"This is the only book I recommend with complete confidence to anyone preparing for the SAT.... The College Board has provided a real service to students, parents, and educators."

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The College Board, a not-for-profit membership association, connects students to college success and opportunity through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). Students, parents, educators, and librarians recognize the College Board as a source of expertise on SAT and CLEP® test preparation, college admissions, and financial aid. The College Board publishes the bestselling The Official SAT Study Guide™, the College Handbook, the Book of Majors, and other books that help students prepare for college, research their options, and succeed in higher education.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 997 pages
  • Publisher: College Board; 2 edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874478529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874478525
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (734 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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852 of 873 people found the following review helpful By Richard Corn on July 27, 2009
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I am a private math tutor and author of Ultimate Guide to the Math SAT. I gave this book five stars because it has the best collection of practice tests. However I found some errors:

pg 618. The answer to problem 6-14 is 5, not 6.

pg 641. Problem 13 should be c(x)=((600x-200)/x)+k.

pg 680. Decimal points are missing from problems 4-15 and 4-17.

pg 804. The decimal point is missing from problem 3-9.

pg 866. The answer to problem 7-17 is B, not C.

UPDATE AS OF DECEMBER, 2012: There have been at least four printings of this book. In the first printing, there were no indications of any errors. The second printing had a list of errors printed on yellow paper which was inserted into the book. The third printing corrected the errors, had no insert, and said "Updated!" on the cover. The fourth printing has corrected the errors and does not say "Updated!" on the cover. Your particular copy of the book may be from any of these printings.
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304 of 323 people found the following review helpful By A. Eassa on August 4, 2009
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It's been a few years since I wrote my original review for the earlier edition of this book. Back then, I was a student taking the exam in order to get into college. However as a tutor I have taken the exam multiple times since I applied to college, gotten a few more 2300+ scores, and now pass on my knowledge to the next generation of students vying for competitive college admissions. The first thing I tell my students to do is to buy the Official SAT Study guide. It's simply the best. Why?

Well, first off, let me start with the changes to this new edition. It now has 10 practice tests, three of which are recycled from the new administration (now that they've given enough tests to disclose them) and seven from the original book. So I'll say now that it may not be a good idea to buy this if you have the older edition, but this newer edition is much more useful since there are three *real* exams. Other than that, it's pretty much the same as the old book.

The review sections are divided into three categories: critical reading, math, and writing. The reading section isn't all that helpful. A few obvious test taking tips and some practice passages with explained answers. Good for a warmup, but not much else. The math section, the most substantial in the book, is pretty useful. It contains most of the facts from middle schoool/early high school math that you've likely forgotten by the time you're a junior or a senior. It also has some sample problems to show you the kind of "out of the box" thinking you'll have to do: SAT math isn't a factual recall or "plug 'n chug" exam, but the section does give you the facts you need to survive. And finally the writing section. The review section has a lot of information, including good writing habits as well as a set of grammar rules.
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180 of 192 people found the following review helpful By sarayale on January 1, 2012
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If you are taking the SAT, you must get this book, no question about it. Make sure to get the correction page from the collegeboard for the answer key, as there are some mistakes in the book.

I attempted to post the link for the correction page but Amazon did not let the link go through, (so I am now editing this review) but I did post a comment to Richard Corn's review, (comes up first as most useful) and if you click on the comments to his review, you should find the url and can copy and paste to get correction page from collegeboard. If it works and helps you, please vote that this was helpful so it gets moved up and can help others.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Schmidt on February 28, 2010
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Don't bother with practice tests from Kaplan, Barrons, etc. The tests in this book are created with the same secret set of rules as are actual SAT tests, so the tests in this book are far better for practicing with.

Only complaint is that there are a few typos.

50 hours with this book increased my score from 2130 to 2330. That's an increase from the 97.2nd percentile to the 99.8th percentile, from 1/35 rarity to 1/500 rarity. That increase really speaks for itself about how much this book helped me. Easily worth the money and time.
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304 of 342 people found the following review helpful By The Write Idea Tutor on July 23, 2009
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I've been teaching the SAT verbal portion for a good 6 or 7 years, and when I saw that the College Board finally had a new edition out, I was delighted. I've running out of good materials for my students, and using College Board is really the best prep, since the CB writes the test. However, I was really disappointed when I got this book. They've added 3 tests at the beginning that are taken from October 2006, January 2007 and May 2007 - definitely a benefit if you don't have access to copies of original tests. But the rest of the book just uses the same tests from the original 2005 version, with very slight changes in some of the critical reading questions (changes that were much needed, I think). If you're going to buy this book as you begin your study process, this will help you understand how the test thinks. But if you are buying this to supplement the 2005 version, be aware that you're only getting 3 new tests. You be the judge of whether that's worth your money.
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90 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Granatelli on November 16, 2010
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There is good, bad and ugly in this book.

The Good: This is the ONLY book you should use to study for this test. The book contains actual tests from the past, which is the best material to use if you are going to prepare for a test. I have been teaching SAT prep for 20 years and I know what I am talking about.

The Bad: If you own the first edition of this book, you are going to get ripped off by buying this one. It contains many of the same tests. This is a case where 7 + 7 does not equal 14. There are repeat tests; shame on the College Board. They have access to about 50 old tests, so why repeat tests? One answer: GREED !

The Ugly: How the heck do you include so many ERRORS in one book? Who proofread this book, Stevie Wonder? Shame on the college board. All you need to do is check out the yellow page in the front of the book - it contains all the correct answers (and in some cases, the correct questions).
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