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The Official SAT Study Guide with DVD Pap/DVD St Edition

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The College Board, a not-for-profit membership association, connects students to college success and opportunity through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board publishes the bestselling The Official SAT Study Guide™, the College Handbook, the Book of Majors, and other books that help students prepare for college, research their options, and succeed in higher education.

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Product Details

  • Series: Official SAT Study Guide
  • Paperback: 1009 pages
  • Publisher: College Board; Pap/DVD St edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874479797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874479799
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a private math tutor and author of Ultimate Guide to the Math SAT.

The printed contents of this book with the DVD are the same as that of its predecessor without the DVD, The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition. I gave this book five stars for the same reason as its predecessor: it contains the best practice tests available.

The difference between this book and its predecessor edition is the DVD and the price, which on Amazon is an extra $8.11 (Amazon prices as of Jan 5, 2012). The answer as to whether the DVD is worth the extra cost will vary.

Many students have complained that College Board books do not contain explanations to the problems on the practice tests, only an answer key. Those who purchase either edition of book (with the DVD or without) will be happy to know that they can have online access to the explanations. I should note that others have independently published books with explanations to the College Board practice tests, but I am not familiar with those and cannot compare them.

The biggest difference between this DVD edition and the no-DVD edition is that the DVD contains a bonus SAT that was administered previously. If you anticipate needing another practice test (many students do) then that alone is worth the price. Explanations to the bonus test are also available online.

The DVD contains some videos and other tools that students may find useful. But some of these are already available on the College Board web site or in the SAT Preparation Booklet (these booklets are sometimes available at your school's guidance office).
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I'm a full-time test-prep tutor and have been for the past several years. As such, I'm familiar with the past few editions of the Official SAT Study Guide. The version of this book WITHOUT the DVD is essential, as it's the best source of real, College-Board-authored SAT tests.

The only real difference between this version and the non-DVD version is - you guessed it - the DVD. (Ok, there's also a snazzy new cover.) Is the DVD worth the extra cost? Probably not:

1. The DVD does have a new practice test, but between the book and the tests the College Board offers online, you'll have about 13 real SATs, which is plenty for the vast majority of students. If you really want one more test, getting the DVD may be worth it.

2. The SAT test timer can be duplicated with any electronic timer.

3. The math concepts video only explains a few questions.

4. The SAT Skills Insight Video and Additional Tools are more marketing than anything.

Keep in mind, any information that ETS provides to help you solve SAT questions is not going to be very insightful - after all, the maker of the test is not the source to turn to if you're looking for tips and tricks. All in all, this version looks a lot more like an attempt to make more money for ETS than to provide new, helpful material. I'm pretty sure ETS is banking (pun intended) on buyers' tendency to get the most recent version of any test-prep book. I hope this review gives you some information to help with that decision for this book.

If ETS had offered a few new tests on the DVD, it would have been worth the extra money.

If you're looking for SAT help or have a question about the test, just lemme know!
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As anyone who has taken the SAT would know, the collegeboard's BBB (big blue book) is the go-to study guide because it contains actual past tests from the college board. I have the 1st and 2nd editions of the BBB and I was excited to find out that a 3rd edition had come out because i had exhausted the practice tests in the previous two versions. However, when I received this version I realized that it was the EXACT SAME THING as the 2nd editions, except with a DVD with information that I could have found for free on their website. This edition also costs MORE than the previous 2 editions because of the DVD (like i had said before, it is filled with free material from their website).

Basically, if you have the 2nd edition, this version is absolutely useless. If not, go buy the cheaper 2nd edition.
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Another SAT tutor review here. I agree that buying the Official SAT Study Guide is a must since it is the only source of official SAT tests. However, I have gone over the DVD with several of my students and feel that the DVD simply isn't worth the extra money. Yes, the DVD includes an extra test, but we find that most students don't need more than the 10 practice tests in the Official SAT Study Guide and the 1 free official SAT on the Collegeboard website. Furthermore, the free official SAT on the Collegeboard website changes each year, but good old Google can help students easily dig up previous years' free SAT tests if they need even more practice. (For example, a quick search for "official SAT 2009" brought up the full 2009-2010 SAT previously on the Collegeboard website). No need to purchase the DVD just for the extra test.

There is also a handful of math videos, but I would caution students about following Collegeboard teachers' recommendations when it comes to solving SAT math problems. A really fun thing about the SAT (and most standardized tests) is all the sneaky `backdoor' strategies students can use to solve problems. These are taught by all the good test prep folks (ex. Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc.) Collegeboard teachers, however, will teach you the "official" way to do it, which often takes longer.
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