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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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Shaan Patel is the founder of 2400 Expert Test Prep, a #1 bestselling SAT & ACT book author, and MD/MBA student at Yale and USC. He raised his own SAT score from average to perfect and teaches students his methods via online classes at 2400expert.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071780998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071780995
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. J. BICKFORD on June 13, 2014
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My son is homeschooled, so his SAT score is going to be weighed heavily in college admissions, since most homeschool classes don't have grades, and schools are reluctant to accept "mom grades" especially for subjects which have been taught unconventionally. He did extremely well on his PSAT, but his first SAT scores were disappointing, in particular because a) the essay is like nothing any decent writer should produce and b) the questions are based on rote learning, not critical thinking.

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.
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As a former Kaplan SAT Instructor and professional SAT teacher for the past 10 years, I've seen this book change dozens of students' lives. My Kaplan students used to average 100-200 point improvements. Using this book, my students are now averaging an amazing 400 point improvement. I teach classes of 10-12 students at a time, as well as private tutoring. I've switched over to using this book as my primary instruction manual for both. I love that the writer wasn't naturally a test-taking genius. His book says he scored in the 1700's his Junior year, and jumped to a 2400 by learning how to play the SAT game and beat the test.

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.
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Quite simple. Good for strategies AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW ALL OF THEM. Before the test, make sure to keep the strategies in mind. Grammer is the easiest and most helpful part for me to bring my score up. Hit a 2100 from a 1940 after taking some practice tests and using strategies/practice from this book.
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Before using this book, I had tried implementing various strategies to increase my scores in the three different categories, which ultimately did little for me. Upon taking the exam for the third time, I found this book and saw that the engaging and extremely helpful tricks and tips helped my confidence level increase, along with my scores by more than 200 points! It's filled with plenty of problem sets and examples that allowed me to understand and pinpoint my weaknesses so I could feel more prepared and confident going into the test. Truly taking the time to thoroughly read this book before my test helped me in so many ways!
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I am an SAT tutor in Critical Reading and Writing so my evaluation does not pertain to the Math.

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.
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