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SAT Vocabulary Express: Word Puzzles Designed to Decode the New SAT 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 063-9785388548
ISBN-10: 0071443266
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Solve puzzles, play games--and improve your SAT score!

Memorizing words isn't a very effective way to ace your SATs--and let's be honest, it's not a lot of fun! To score well, you have to play with words--take words apart, understand their connotations, and spot the word games the test is playing with you. Now, with SAT Vocabulary Express, you can build these necessary skills, prepare for your exams, and have a great time doing it!

In this uniquely entertaining workbook, a test preparation expert and a crossword puzzle constructor join forces to help you crack the word code on the new SAT, improve your active vocabulary, and increase your score on any college admission test--all by playing games. From crosswords and anagram magic squares to quotation, word connection, and hidden meaning puzzles, you'll tackle unfamiliar words and spot the clues hidden in the most difficult exam questions. You'll also gain the tools you need to:

  • Develop and use a powerful repertoire of words
  • Dissect new words and understand their meanings
  • Solve word problems quickly and easily
  • Master decoding strategies you can apply to any college admission test

Challenge your mind and build your confidence with SAT Vocabulary Express--the perfect way to have a great time while you study for success!

About the Author

Jacqueline Byrne is a founding partner of Ivy Educational Associates, a test prep and college application consulting firm. She provides private tutoring for the verbal SAT, the SAT II Writing exam and the AP and SAT II Literature exams.

Michael Ashley's crossword puzzles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal He has been a contributor to GAMES Magazine for 25 years.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (October 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071443266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071443265
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love puns and games and word play of all sorts and I always have. So I consider myself more than lucky that I stumbled into the world of writing pencil puzzles, where I could put all those loves to use. I actually get to entertain people with my puzzles, make them think and laugh and, yes, even struggle a little from time to time, and I get a check in the mail as well. Amazing! Nowadays, considerably grayer but still impressively buff, I've published over a thousand puzzles and I have been contributing the regular acrostics feature to Games Magazine since 1978. My acrostics and crossword puzzles have also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, all 4 volumes of the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Puzzle Book series and other places too numerous to mention.

I lived nearly 20 years in Manhattan, New York, and have now lived with my wife and two children in Scottsdale, Arizona, since 1993. Besides being a maniacal online chess buff, in my spare time I dabble at another sport which, on my better days, strongly resembles golf.

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I am about to retake the SAT 12 years after high school, so that I can teach for Kaplan. I bought this book to help me study, after realizing that the vocabulary may be tougher than I imagined. Vocabulary Express is a great book (so far), and it makes an otherwise dry task much more interesting. I definitely recommend the book; I refrain from giving it 5 stars, however, due to a couple of faults:

1) There are some typos in the Anagram puzzles that necessitate looking up the answer in the back of the book. (Example: The word RUMBA is to be unscrambled in one puzzle, and the correct answer is URBAN. Thus, the 'M' should be an 'N'.

2) The instructions to the Word Within Word puzzles state that "each word must be at least four letters long". However, the book counted three letter words as correct and did not list (whether intentionally or unintentionally) all of the possible answers.

Despite the editing errors, I would still highly recommend this book as a great alternative to memorizing lists of vocabulary words.
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What a great way for students to prepare for the SAT! Being a high school senior, I had no intentions on studying the dictionary to prepare for the SAT, and when I found this book I was relieved to know there was a fun way to study vocab. The authors of this book did a great job of providing a new, exciting way to prepare for the College Board exams. The puzzles and acrostics helped break down the words and figure out the meanings. I always feared the vocabulary on the SAT's but after reading this book (learning new words on top of learning great new methods) I have a new confidence for taking the SAT. I recommend "SAT Vocabulary Express" to anyone who plans on taking these tests in the future!
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I bought this book for my two teenagers and was totally impressed by the clever techniques and the positive attitude. It feels as though you have a friendly coach at your side encouraging your every move. You're not going it alone. Thanks for the guidance and support.
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I purchased this book last summer with the intention of using it in an SAT PREP quarter course I am now teaching. I really didn't get into using it though until this last quarter and my students begged for the puzzles! We had to take a lot of practice SAT tests as part of our curriculum and I set Fridays as "Puzzle Day". I had juniors who wanted to make sure they were never absent on Fridays!
I do think it would be difficult to take this book "all at once". If I were doing it on my own I would work on maybe a chapter a week.
Unfortunately, there were a few pop culture references in the clues that were from before their time. But not that bad at all. It's a great way to get students to think outside the box.
I will use this again this year.
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