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Perfect 800: SAT Verbal: Advanced Strategies for Top Students

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ISBN-13: 978-1593634346
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About the Author

R. Brigham Lampert is an award-winning, National Board Certified Teacher specializing in English and advanced education in Virginia. Lampert is a practicing Teacher as Leader, a distinction held by fewer than 50 educators in Virginia, and author of Advanced Placement Classroom: Romeo and Juliet.

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Product Details

  • Series: Perfect 800
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159363434X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593634346
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ann on December 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
Pity the student who relies on this book ahead of the SAT. It is riddled with mistakes. No, not the intentional ones that the test taker is suppose to spot and correct - but dozens of unintentional ones that suggest that the authors need to focus on their own critical reading skills. Here's just one example: "The insurance company, which ensured five of the motorists involved in yesterday's accidents, were unable to exculpate its clients from blame." Flip ahead to the answers and we discover that the verb "were" should be replaced with "was." Well, yes, as any fourth grader would know - this is hardly advanced strategy for top students. But what about "ensured?" Insurers insure, I assure you. Prospective SAT-ers had better ensure that they buy another book.
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My son is an advanced middle schooler who is eager to begin college classes as soon as possible. Because verbal comprehension is so important, not just for testing, but for his desired career in science, we've been stocking up on books to give him the best possible advantage. We both are really enjoying this Verbal SAT book. It takes a gentle approach to larger and more complex vocabulary words. In terms of test prep, this book will help prepare a student for the reading and writing portions.

There are 162 daily instructional worksheets, on which the student is to break down and correct an ungrammatical sentence, then dissect a vocabulary word, and finally, complete an analogous exercise related to that vocabulary word. Quizzes are to be taken after completing 18 daily worksheets.
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By ACS on November 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
In the world of SAT prep, just doing well on the test would seem to be the name of the game. But what matters most -- the capacity to genuinely learn and make what you learn your own -- far outweighs and outlasts rote memorization of terms and test-specific strategies. Those can help in the short term, but why not make learning more meaningful while also preparing to do well on tests? Perfect 800 aims to accomplish just those goals. The critical thinking capacity that students will develop through analyzing words and usage in the ways this text invites will be a benefit not only in preparing for tests but also in learning and communication more generally.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fun Life on December 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
My rating of the book reflects my pedagogical differences with the author.

I concur with the reviewer concerned with the editing that a one star rating is appropriate and I would advise potential buyers to carefully review the book for themselves prior to purchasing. It would be helpful to potential buyers if it was possible to look inside the book on Amazon.

The author states that this book is intended to be used by "top students". If the book is of value to any student it would certainly be only "top students"! While it may be of use in a classroom it is certainly not designed to be used by students trying to improve a SAT score on their own.

In the product description it states that the book "gives advanced students the tools needed to master both the reading and writing portions..." I tend to think this is a bit misleading as it is a grammar / vocabulary practice book with a few tips for reading and writing. The "tips for reading and comprehension" take up all of one page!

Compared to other publishers that present a book as being helpful in preparing for the reading and writing sections of the SAT this book can not be seriously given consideration. For a more comprehensive approach take a look at a series of books by Klass Tutoring - they seem to work well -
The Ultimate SAT Tutorial: The Easiest and Most Effective Way to Raise Your Score
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