- Series: College Test Preparation
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Review; Csm edition (April 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101881755
- ISBN-13: 978-1101881750
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1) I like the layout and ease of use. The drills seem to match what the College Board has released in their 4 practice tests.
2) The book clearly went to press before some changes were made by the College Board. It includes information that is not up-to-date (e.g. they reference a 4-point Extended Thinking question which the College Board is not going to use. They will still have some Item Sets, but each question is worth 1 point.)
3) I think they overuse their Plugging In and PITA strategies. Although a few questions (2-3) in the practice tests released by the College Board could be solved this way, this book solved every single contextual question in the Heart of Algebra Drill 3 this way. It is clearly not the fastest way to answer these questions, especially if they appear in the No Calculator section of the test. Also, they explained the strategies using questions that look more like the old SAT. They did, at least, also say you could solve the questions algebraically and offered a (weak) explanation.
4) In the introduction, they mention that the math test will be divided into a Calculator and No-Calculator section, but they make absolutely no distinction as to which questions in the practice drills might wind up where, until the very last domain - Additional Topics in Math.
5) The explanations are a bit weak - no real strategies, but rather just the basic steps to arriving at the answer. I don't think this would help my granddaughter who struggles with math.
6) There is no mention of the Formula page in the math sections. Students need to be reminded that the formulas are given on the test and that they should refer to it rather than trying to memorize all the formulas.
7) There are VERY few Grid-In questions to practice.
8) I think every SAT practice book should come with at least one full-length practice test and a scoring guide, even if the scores are only an estimate.
Let me give some examples.
"The great period of 'Enlightenment' came in the mid-1700s, when intellectuals from all over the world became interested in the workings of nature and the body as observable phenomena."
Hogwash. The Scientific Revolution, which this seems more accurately to describe, occurred a hundred years earlier (with roots centuries before), the Enlightenment did not occur in Africa or Japan in either century, and it was not primarily an awakening in regard to science.
"Bigelow was born in CA in 1951, and she rolled / enrolled / unrolled / rickrolled in the San Francisco Art Institute."
"Rickrolled?" Seriously? This is supposed to be a college entrance exam?
"Bigelow hopes now that more women will get into directing and that industry will catch up with a set of gender standards that are (correct answer) 'way different.' With Bigelow as inspiration, we can only hope that film can reach its real potential without being shackled by old and meaningless demographic categories."
Aside from the vacuous and patronizing quasi-feminism of these lines (and is "men usually like war movies more than women do" really "meaningless?" Is it even wrong?), is 'way different' how we're supposed to teach kids headed to college to express themselves, now?
"She enrolled in the art institute and learned art / about art / the ins and the outs of the art world."
All three are possible, depending on Bigelow's experiences, which are not related. A good multiple choice question has only one clearly correct answer.
"The food we eat may not be as nature intended it, but we are at least more protected from many of the famines that decimated historical populations. And beyond its influence in agriculture, (correct answer:) bioinformatics has a record of success with humans that cannot be discounted or denied."
Is the reader not supposed to know that agriculture is a human science? So how is there a contrast between influence in agriculture and success with humans?
"Which of the following gives the most specific information regarding the achievement mentioned in this sentence: a, people have been talking about it ever sense; b. all of them worked really hard; c. mapping the human genome; d. it's still not entirely complete."
Cannot the author of this book come up with any more plausible alternatives to c than that?
"Anthropology is built from roots that mean 'the study of man.'"
No, the WORD anthropology is so built, not the thing itself.
The whole passage on anthropology is an incoherent mess. Paragraph four begins with "Today, the effects of this emphathy can be seen everywhere:" but no empathy, or anything like it, has been previously mentioned. The following paragraph begins "Anthropology has shown us how to live," without the hint of a justification or example. (On the contrary, with only negative examples.) Paragraph 3 begins with the "correct" opening of "This beginning was inauspicious, but even then, it has tremendous effects on how people saw the world," without it being made clear what "it" refers to.
In one case, I referred to the "explanation" page, with more morbid curiosity than expectation, and found the explainer saying something like "this answer is not so bad as the other ones because . . . " Maybe they should have given that editor the job of writing the main text, so one could even say that the correct anwer is objectively good English!
So this book is not "way different" from a train-wreck. I think I may get some good out of the thing -- at least vocabulary for my students, and some questions are OK -- but Princeton should cut short the author's supply of printing ink before he or she causes any more harm.
Not that I have come to expect such wisdom from this publisher. I found, for instance, that the Princeton Review AP history text contained pro-Islamic anti-Christian propaganda, which as an historian I also recognized as factually incorrect. I haven't run across that sort of thing in this text much yet, but this book is probably a rush job, and ought to be avoided like the pox once better alternatives appear.