Top positive review
7 of 7 people found this helpful
It IS about how to score well. It is NOT a practice test.
on October 15, 2011
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.