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SAT 2400 in Just 7 Steps: Perfect-Score Student Reveals How to Ace the Test 1st Edition
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So you can rage against the test, or you can learn the game and win it. My son wanted to do the latter, and this book had the strategy to help him win. He loves tests, he just needs to know what the field is like. So, thanks to the strategy here, my son learned how to create a template for the essay, and built his own arsenal of $10 words he could liberally sprinkle through it. As for other tests, it was useful that Shaan identifies the kinds of questions the test will ask so you know to study towards that. Other guides will repeat what the College Board says it wants students to know; this one tells you what they're _really_ looking for, so you can focus your study efforts appropriately.
The book also stresses the importance of treating SAT preparation as yet another high school subject, and the importance of devoting time to it. Besides reviewing the strategies in this book, my son practiced pumping out 25-minute essays to previous prompts 2-3 times a week, and took a full practice SAT test at least once a week for 4 months.
Nonetheless, we were all floored when his scores came in last month, and he scored a perfect 800-800-800, including scores of 6 from every reader who looked at his essay.Read more ›
Essay: My students consistently jump from an average of 6/12 to 11/12 on the essays. Telling students to memorize several pre-planned phrases and paragraphs for the essay? Genius! I can't fathom why other big name test prep companies don't recommend this.
Writing: You memorize the 15 writing tools taught in this book, and it doesn't matter if you've never paid attention in English class. You'll know everything you need to ace the writing section. I've had 4 students score perfect 800's on the real SAT since using this book. I had a foreign exchange student who spoke very limited English break 700 in the Writing section by memorizing these 15 writing tools.
Reading: The "line specific question first" strategy is my favorite. Why doesn't anyone else teach this? It seems so obvious now that I've learned it. My average improvement is about 120 points per student.
Math: Some of the strategies are similar to those taught by Princeton Review, Barrons, and Kaplan. But there are also some excellent new pointers (circling the unknown, making difficult problems simple, etc.) that are really innovative.Read more ›
The problem with this book is that the person writing it is not that sharp! For example, he says that you must read the passages literally which is correct, but he goes on to say that "if a passage says person A flew to Vegas or somewhere, you cannot assume he flew by plane and that you must assume he has wings. This is complete nonsense. Although we do need to take things literally and not add to the text, words have figurative meanings and that is "okay" on the SAT. This is just one example, but throughout the book there is lot of this sort of missing the mark.
In addition, the practice questions do not even come close to real SAT questions, so they are a waste of time. Very subtle differences, but nonetheless important ones. The author should not have been so bold as to assume that he could come up with equivalent questions which is a very hard thing to do.
I really wanted to like this book, because I am always looking for useful info to add to my list, but I was disappointed.
I also disagree with the method he advises for Critical Reading. Obviously it worked for him, but that is really not the best method at all.
Lastly, the organization of the book leaves one somewhat dizzy. The price is not bad, but unfortunately, your time will be wasted as there are better books out there.
Some of the information is useful, so if you are willing to read the book critically, and pick and choose what you listen to, you may find something useful. Again, I did not evaluate the Math at all.
I am a graduate of Yale Law School and an SAT tutor, in case that helps you see where this advice is coming from.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful study guide! Love it! I have 3 kids and have went threw this process 2 times this is the 3rd and best ! Wish I would of had this with my I there kids!Published 21 days ago by Sonya Esclavon
Great book for the old SAT. I read 4 books for the old SAT and none could even compare to this one. Work of art. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jose Gonzalez
Very inexpensive book compared to the College Board book for $30. Gives very informative strategies and techniques on time management skills, eliminating answers, and tips on... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dominique Jacques
This book is absolutely amazing, I read through the entire book and boosted my score from a 1750 on a practice exam to a 2170 on my first real SAT. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book! My son found it extremely helpful in preparation for SAT.Published 10 months ago by Nataliya Odesskaya