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Word Smart, 4th Edition (Smart Guides) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0375765759 ISBN-10: 0375765751 Edition: 4th

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  • Series: Smart Guides
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; 4 edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375765751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375765759
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is well-organized, well-written, and a fantastic resource.
Houston chick
This book has plenty of important words that show up frequently on the SAT.
Phuong-mai Do
I'm about to put that to the test and try to return my first kindle book.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By R. Im on August 23, 2009
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I really thought that the authors of this book compiled a list of 1,505 formidable looking words that I would certainly never see again in my life. I was very wrong.

All (yes, all, not almost all) of these words appear at some point in our daily lives, even if it's rare to hear some of the words in this book used in everyday speech. When I was an AP English student in high school, I noticed that the words in this book frequently appear in the writings of Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, William Faulkner, and Charles Dickens - and even in contemporary writings, such as those of J.K. Rowling. These words commonly appear in major newspapers and magazines such as Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and these words are bound to appear in any professional writing or documents. I sincerely believe that if you go through these words in the book, you will very seldom find the need to refer to your dictionary to look up an unfamiliar word.

While these words prove beneficial to our daily lives, Word Smart is an ideal choice for those who are still attending high school or college. If your mind is set on memorizing these words (especially helpful for those preparing to take the SAT or other standardized tests), I strongly recommend that you read Harry Lorayne's Page-a-Minute Memory Book, which is actually recommended by the authors of this book in Chapter 1. Not only will it help you memorize the 1,505 words in this book, but it will also prove exceptionally helpful, inside and outside of your academic career.

I hope my review of this book is helpful.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lee Say Keng on October 18, 2006
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Word Smart: Building an Educated Vocabulary

Word Smart II: How to Build a More Powerful Vocabulary

by Adam Robinson

Word Smart for Business: Cultivating a Six Figure Vocabulary

by Paul West Brook

These three books are permanently placed on my working desk, next to my portable computer. I find them very useful as reference guides to writing smart.

The first two books have a combined inventory of almost 1,700 important words. They have been written by Adam Robinson & The Princeton Review Team. As some readers may know, Adam Robinson happens to be also the author of 'What Smart Students Know' a very good book about smart study techniques. The two books are originally targetted at students preparing for SAT & other standardised tests, but I find them very useful for working professionals.

The third book has an inventory of over 4,000 important business terms, covering quite a broad spectrum of business disciplines. It has been written by a noted financial planning expert.

I enjoy browsing these three books from time to time. I often refer to them as I write my daily business correspondence as well as my reviews on amazon website.

I strongly recommend these three books to readers who want to communicate effectively, be more persuasive & more importantly, get more from your reading.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Houston chick on January 4, 2009
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In high school they used Word Smart as part of the curriculum for SAT prep. At the time we hated it, but now as an adult I'm glad that I saved the book in my parents' closet because I dug it out to use once again as a reference. The book is well-organized, well-written, and a fantastic resource. As a writer I have started studying this book once again, and will probably buy Volume II soon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phuong-mai Do on May 17, 2009
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This book has plenty of important words that show up frequently on the SAT. The authors provide good definitions and examples to help you understand them. But reading the book alone won't get you far, its necessary to make flash cards and re memorize the words again and again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. on August 11, 2011
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I live in the UAE, thus most of my books are bought via kindle to maximize accessibility and minimize cost. I own dozens of fiction and nonfiction kindle books.

Unfortunately, this book is a classic example of a nonfiction book that was dumped into an electronic file with no regard for formatting or even a perfunctory edit. Do the publishers even look at the book before they whack it up for sale on the kindle store?

Instead of a simple matching exercise, the quizzes have become a jumbled and garbled mess of misaligned words. It is difficult to toggle back and forth between the answer key and the quiz. After 20 minutes of pencil and paper work, I am still not sure what my score was on many of the quizzes!

Get the print edition or wait until the kinks are worked out. Better yet, buy a used copy for 35 cents and stick it in a scanner to make a PDF file. Do not waste ten dollars of your money when the publishers could not be bothered to spend the ten minutes it would have taken to create a readable, user friendly book in it's entirety.

The good news is that apparently amazon has a 7 day no questions asked return policy on all kindle content. I'm about to put that to the test and try to return my first kindle book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazonbuyer on October 5, 2010
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A congenial manuscript filled with a copious, yet eclectic, word list that is conducive to augmenting one's aptitude in erudite dialectics. It's a great book.
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