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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580089275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580089272
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

* Elizabeth and her students know that guesswork and shortcuts won't lead to top SAT scores, so she explains the nuts and bolts of each type of question on the test and then cements the instruction by leading students through a broad array of sample problems with clear, handwritten solution explanations.

* Elizabeth takes the SAT annually and has an aggregate score in the 99th percentile, so she knows first-hand what the stress of test day feels like and how her innovative strategies propel scores into the upper echelon.

* Elizabeth's students consistently report that they did well on the SAT because they felt prepared, in control, and, most importantly, confident in their knowledge and abilities.

From the Back Cover

"Elizabeth's personality jumps right off the page as she helps students score at the top of their potential."
--Judi Robinovitz, president of Score at the Top Learning Centers and contributor to the College Board's original SAT prep material

"Elizabeth King brilliantly coaches students to raise their SAT scores 200 to 300 points. I am excited to use her book as part of our tutoring curriculum to ensure the best results."
--Nikki Geula, president of Arete Educational Consulting, Inc.

"I just wanted to thank you for all of your help; I got my [SAT] scores back, and I got a 2300!"
--Anonymous student, class of 2008

Outsmarting the SAT is the next best thing to having a private session with Elizabeth King, one of the country's top SAT coaches. King's tried-and-true innovative strategies are proven to help high schoolers boost their SAT scores higher than they thought possible.

Designed for students of all levels--from those who simply need to brush up on sentence completion skills to dire cases who need a crash course on algebraic functions or a school year's worth of geometry--King's down-to-earth coaching approach tackles test material in concise, easy-to-follow lessons that prepare any student to master the SAT.

Featuring a broad range of practice problems and handwritten, clear solution explanations, Outsmarting the SAT teaches students everything they need to know to do their best on the test.


More About the Author

Elizabeth King is the author of Outsmarting the SAT (Ten Speed Press), a collection of the strategies and teaching tactics she uses every day to help students maximize their scores on the SAT. Known for her enthusiastic and direct teaching style, Elizabeth has successfully led students to score gains of well over 100 points on every section of the SAT and has helped others progress from the 50th to 95th percentile on the ACT. She has extensive experience working with students struggling with motivation and confidence issues, as well as those students challenged with learning differences. Additionally, Elizabeth has prepared sample Writing section questions for a major test prep company's international materials, written and taught a SACS-accredited customized 9th grade homeschooler's curriculum, and has served as a proctor/facilitator for several online high school students. She has spent over four years teaching students in the competitive Manhattan test prep market and another four in the Boca Raton/Palm Beach area.

As a professional writer, Elizabeth is the co-author of Winning the Customer with Lou Imbriano (McGraw-Hill) and writes the education advocacy and critical thinking blog StayOutofSchool.com.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Elizabeth holds an interdisciplinary major, Cultural Economics, that incorporates Economics, Mathematics, Art History, and Studio Art.

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As a tutor I have recommended this book as a cornerstone to my SAT classes.
William Hunter Jennings
It explains each concept in an easy to understand manner and contains tons of helpful hints and step-by-step explanations.
unclebob
You will find that are many books to sift through for SAT Test Prep, this is the BEST one we have found, by far!
S. Siffermann

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By unclebob on August 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am a high school senior trying to increase my 700 critical reading/650 math score. I needed a prep book that would help me with math (not my favorite subject) in the limited time I have to prepare for the October exam (I only have a few hours a week to study). I was using a different prep book but then switched to Elizabeth King's book as soon as it appeared at my local bookstore. One of the reasons for switching books is because Ms. King's takes such a refreshing approach to SAT prep. So far I have found it to be an excellent prep book. It explains each concept in an easy to understand manner and contains tons of helpful hints and step-by-step explanations. I really enjoy using this book, particularly the comfortable conversational style that Ms. King utilizes--I feel like she is personally tutoring me. She also has a good sense of humor, and I can visualize what an intellectual brain she is, but with the outstanding ability to effectively communicate with her audience. Her suggestion to use her book in conjunction with the CollegeBoard's Official SAT Study Guide for the practice tests is a good one that I also highly recommend. This is not just another one of those SAT prep books, it is THE prep book!!! I understand that she is a highly sought after personal SAT tutor in New York; if I didn't live 3,000 miles from her, I would definitely hire her to personally tutor me, using her book as my text. If you're looking for a really good SAT prep book, go out and buy this one right away!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 17, 2010
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Barron's, McGraw Hill, Princeton, Kaplan, the College Board`s Official SAT Study Guide, and an assortment of books that are reading specific, writing specific, or vocabulary specific. If I made a pile of all my SAT books, I'd have a pile at least two feet high. The proprietary materials of the company for which I work aren't included and might add another six inches. Despite the extent of my collection I'm always on the lookout for the epitome of SAT books, the holy grail of SAT instruction. After reading the effusively positive reviews of this book on Amazon, I thought I had reached the evasive jackpot.

Alas, despite all the hype a glitter, this is just another book to add to the pile. Like all the others, Outsmarting the SAT has attributes and foibles, and, in my opinion, is not a stand alone SAT preparation book.
I see King's book serving as a teacher's reference source or a student's supplementary text. A very able -student who's already close to his or his SAT goal possibly could glean enough advice from this book to reach his or her goal.
King's use of friendly, conversational style in her text should appeal to many readers. The use of handwritten calculations in the math section adds to the informal, personal tone.

My thoughts -
Since I'm most interested in the verbal portion of the test, I was naturally disappointed to discover that only the first 90 pages are dedicated to the reading and the writing portions of the exam. Pages 91- 319 are all math. Most of our SAT students score lower in mathematics than they do in algebra or geometry. For this reason I was happy to see the extensive review of basic mathematical concepts at the beginning of the book's math section.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Apologist on July 20, 2010
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My daughter has been using this book and has found numerous mistakes. For example: 12/3 = 6, parenthesis were omitted in an algebraic equation raised to an exponent, negative number times a negative number is a negative number, 3*12 = 48, page 167 5-3 = 2 not negative 2. This is a sampling of the mistakes.

If you are not confident in your math abilities, I would not buy this book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DocDawg on August 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Every summer I go to the bookstores to see what's new in the SAT prep arena. I am a high school guidance counselor, and I have been preparing my students to take the SAT for several years now. Most new books are simply last year's books with new covers. Sometimes a brand new SAT book appears, but the content is "more of the same." Imagine my delight to have discovered last weekend OUTSMARTING THE SAT, by Elizabeth King. What a breath of fresh air! This is the SAT prep book I wish I could have written for my students. King has had great success as a private tutor, and in this book, she shares her insights and strategies(most of which I have never seen in other SAT prep books, and I have read every SAT prep book in print) for helping students achieve their hightest scores. OUTSMARTING THE SAT is well-written, well-researched, and well-packaged. It is not the size of the telephone book, and students can actually put it in their backpacks with room to spare! King's examples have the "feel" of actual SAT questions and answers--something that is very important to keep in mind when working your way through practice examples. Take my advice: buy this book. Let the student who DOESN'T buy this book beware!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rbest76 on November 28, 2010
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Most SAT books are so dry that they barely keep the student's attention for more than a couple of minutes. Ms. King's book was actually somewhat effective in engaging the reader with her commentary, but several math questions are flawed and lead the reader to question the credibility of the text. I feel that all of the 5 star reviews are from personal friends of Ms. King, as they all generically sing her praises. Again, I am not saying that it is a terrible book, but it definitely has several errors and still faces the main challenge that SAT books face - getting the student to read it. My son raised his score over 100 points in the Math section alone (from 610 to 720) by using [...] The site is very engaging and encourages students to continue studying by incentivizing them with game mechanics (earning experience points, leveling up, etc.)
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