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Up Your Score (2011-2012 edition): The Underground Guide to the SAT (Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT) [Paperback]

Michael Colton , Paul Rossi , Manek Mistry , Larry Berger , Workman Publishing
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July 1, 2010 0761158731 978-0761158738
Every year, the number of students taking the SAT rises. And every year, colleges are becoming more competitive. Throw the weakened economy into the mix, and it creates a perfect storm for Up Your Score: a book of invaluable test-taking wisdom, the only book written by "been-there-done-that" kids, the only guide that kids will enjoy using. It’s proven to work—the students who created Up Your Score all nailed the SAT and went on to the colleges of their choice, including this year's 2,400-scoring guest editor.

A guerrilla guide that's a perfect complement (and reality check) for the student who has already tried Princeton Review or Kaplan, Up Your Score injects real-life humor and attitude into the dry business of test prep. Its vocabulary is rich and lively with examples that kids will relate to, and with proven tricks to make definitions memorable. It covers the eight main issues of math, with test-wise, problem-solving techniques. To help students ace the writing section, it addresses the 13 most important grammar rules to know. And it shows how to "psych out" the test: How to think like the SAT. How to prepare the essay in advance. The best ways to fill in answer circles and other strategies to save precious minutes. Plus, tips for maintaining concentration, why it's always better to guess than to leave a question unanswered, and a recipe for energy-boosting Sweet & Tasty 800 Bars (and how to smuggle them into the testing hall).

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From the Back Cover

Sooner or later, it's going to happen. You'll walk into a testing hall and face the SAT. With about a million other kids. What's your edge? It's this: Poise, confidence and attitude. Written by five savvy students who aced the test (and who all went on to the college of their choice), Up Your Score is the guerrilla guide to SAT conquest. Combining the best math, critical reading and essay preparation with study and test-taking strategy, Up Your Score goes far beyond traditional test-prep with brilliant insider tips and tricks from kids who've been there, done that. So when you wake up on the big day, you'll be ready to rock.

About the Author

Michael Colton, a Harvard graduate, writes for film and television and most recently the animated Web series “Zoolander: Super Model.”



Paul Rossi is a Cornell graduate.


Manek Mistry graduated from Cornell Law School and is in private practice.


Larry Berger is a Yale graduate and Rhodes Scholar and the president of Amplify Learning.



Workman Publishing Company has been producing award-winning calendars, cookbooks, parenting guides, and children’s titles, as well as gardening, humor, self-help, and business books, since 1968. From our What to Expect® pregnancy and parenting series and Page-A-Day® Calendars to the iconic 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and Brain Quest® children's products, our wide range of high-quality non-fiction titles and products inspire, educate, and entertain readers around the globe.


Product Details

  • Series: Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761158731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761158738
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By KoSpazz
Format:Paperback
As a high school AVID teacher we ordered a class set of copies for use in our PSAT prep unit (yes, the book is about the 'real' SAT, but the PSAT is a mini-version of the real thing so the information is still valuable).

This edition is improved over previous editions which tried WAY too hard to be "hip" in its writing. An older teacher even went so far as to white-out certain lines in the older book that contained funny-but-borderline-inappropriate tips like "flirt with the teacher." This edition, while still decidedly casual in its overall tone, is an easy read without being too colloquial.

Generally, the book IS successful in its efforts to educate you about the structure and history of the SAT while incorporating a bunch of tips in each chapter. There's a 100-page vocabulary list in the Critical Reading chapter which was great.

What it is NOT is a practice test. It's written from an angle that is more ABOUT how to take the test than giving you an ACTUAL test to take. The writers do include sample questions to illustrate how their tips can help you, but not a lot.

Having more practice questions would've gotten it five stars for my review but I know that "Up Your Score" is NOT a practice-test book. Those are different kinds of books. If you're looking for a practice test, go buy one of the bazillion test books out there.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT, 2011-2012 edition is an absolutely practical and user-friendly guide to preparing oneself for the SAT test. In addition to traditional study skills recommendations, Up Your Score also focuses on important test-taking tips for optimizing one's natural performance. "You have only about 40 seconds per problem... If you find yourself finishing ten minutes early, then you're probably working too fast and being careless... If you aren't finishing all the questions before time runs out, you might have to be a little less careful... In any case, it's essential that you have practiced enough to know exactly how fast you should be moving." A word list of crucial literary terms, and warnings against some of the most common test-question tricks (such as how nonanswers like "it cannot be determined from the information given" are almost always incorrect when offered for questions near the end of the test, since by that point many students will be rushed, harried, and less likely to be able to figure out the answer by the time limit) round out this savvy and thoroughly accessible guide. A "must-have" test preparation supplement for anyone whose educational future is dependent on their performance on the SAT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best in the market. June 6, 2014
By B. Rand
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I used this book to get a great score 20 years ago; I gave this version to my sister in law and she loved it too. Quite enjoyable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent investment! December 27, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is an excellent investment for SAT takers! Better than taking any class designed for scoring better on the SAT. Definitely worth the money.
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