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The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT Fourth Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0874477184
ISBN-10: 0874477182
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  • Paperback: 889 pages
  • Publisher: College Entrance Examination Board; Fourth Edition edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874477182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874477184
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 2.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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162 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Caroline McLaren on February 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Everyone knows that you need this book to get "official" SATs to practice with, because the College Board doesn't seem to let any of the other books publish their tests. Stay away from the knock-off tests in Princeton Review or their kind (like Rocket)-they AREN'T real SATs and they're full of mistakes. Even the tests in the "Official Guide" are a bit quirky, though, because the answer key only gives score "ranges" like "640-720" for an SAT math score. If I spend 4 hours taking a practice test, I want to know EXACTLY how well I did, not approximately!! Two other big drawbacks to this books are that the answer key contains NO ANSWER EXPLANATIONS, and the lessons in the book are very weak.

So, if you're serious about improving your score, and you're willing to do some work (like I was), you'll need a good review guide to go along with it. The best one by far is "McGraw-Hill's SAT I", but be SURE to get the second edition. The great thing about it is that when you take a practice test, it gives very detailed explanations of each answer, as well as REFERENCES to CONCEPT LESSONS that are excellent. It teaches you with a very effective method and gives lots of practice. I particularly liked the lessons on percents and negative exponents, which I ALWAYS had trouble with, and the lessons on Reading Comp, which realy helped me. It also has GREAT vocab lessons.

Take the tests in the "McGraw-Hill" book (which aren't real SATs, that's the drawback, they're a little bit harder) about 2 months before your SAT, then use the answer key to point you to the lessons you need to review. Then take the tests in the "Official SAT Study Guide" to see how you're improving (except remember that you'll only get that annoying "score range" which can be pretty wide).
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173 of 184 people found the following review helpful By My3Pups on May 23, 2005
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I am a verbal SAT tutor for the past 26 years. Here is my formula for success, and it is the reason that people pay me an insane amount of money to work with their kids. Step #1 -- Get the Barron's SAT book first. Do every test. Read the answer explanations carefully. Step #2 -- Get this book. Take the 8 practice tests, sitting straight through for each exam, 4 hours with the break. This book is easier than Barrons, so you should feel an improvement when you take these real tests. Get the book HOT WORDS FOR THE SAT by Linda Carnevale, and learn a few chapters each week. Good luck on the exam!!
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful By David Goodwin on February 27, 2006
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"The Official SAT Study Guide" is "10 Real SATs" in all but name. Created and published by the College Board--the creators and administrators of the actual SAT--this series has for years been the single most valuable resource for SAT preparation. The value does not necessarily derive from the instructional material that makes up the first portion of the book (which is instructive and adequate, but nothing spectacular), but from the actual SAT tests from which the series used to get its name. While the multipound test-prep tomes from Kaplan, Princeton Review, and others all have their strong points, nothing beats having *actual SAT questions and tests* at your disposal; yes, there is a distinct difference between questions actually vetted by ETS and those created by third-party companies. Simply put, 10 Real SATs was *the* tool for preparing for the most overemphasized-yet-necessary test on the block.

The recent advent of the "New" SAT (which, for the record, removes Quantitative Comparisons and analogies, adds some higher math content, introduces "short" reading comprehension passages, and features a watered-down version of the old SAT II writing with an additional 25 minute, blink-and-you'll-miss-it essay section that receives far too much press) meant that the Real SAT product line was due for an upgrade. As prior "new editions" of 10 Real SATs rarely featured changes that weren't of a we-swapped-out-two-tests-and-added-in-two-new-tests character, I was curious to see how the College Board would revamp its flagship line. Unfortunately, it's a mixed effort.

For starters, we now have *8* full-length tests.
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120 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Great Faulkner's Ghost TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
To save yourself some money, don't rush into buying this book. You may not need it. The College Board provides a copy of a complete New SAT test on its web site, which you can download for FREE. This book provides 8 additional tests. However, a fair number of questions are recycled from the guide to the "old" SAT, called 10 Real SATs, which you or an older sibling may already own. Also, this book provides only an answer key for each test, not the explanations. This somewhat limits its usefulness.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sally DeLellis on August 4, 2005
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I recommend this guide highly. As a previous reviewer cautioned, don't use it as your only means of preparation. Your study should be multi-faceted. In terms of which preparation guide to purchase, this one is the way to go. Used alone, you will increase your score. Used in combination with school classes or private classes, as well as paying attention to instruction and feeback from your writing teachers, and/or participating in study circles with like-minded students, you will increase your score greatly! Good Luck.
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