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Barron's 6 SAT Practice Tests Paperback – August 1, 2012
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Philip Geer, Ed.M., has taught English language and literature for more than 30 years, and has also prepared students for various standardized tests of verbal ability. He is the author of "Barron's 6 SAT Practice Tests," "Essential Words for the GRE," "Barron's GRE Verbal Workbook," and "Picture These SAT Words." He is the academic director of Mentaurs, an educational consultancy that prepares students for standardized tests such as the SAT and the GRE. Students who need help with the writing section of the SAT or GRE can contact him at email@example.com.
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Page 2. your scores aren't as high as you <had hoped> HOPED
Page 14. the judge said that she <had been> WAS impressed. This incorrect example is repeated verbatim on pages 58, 77, 127, 149, 283, and 417. (If the authors claim immunity based on the so-called "reported speech" nonsense, they should so indicate.)
Page 25. even if their SAT scores are lower than they <had expected> EXPECTED
Page 43. waste and desecration where a sacred monument <had once stood> ONCE STOOD (Indian Country, Peter Mathiessen)
Page 56. The guidelines Japanese peace advocates <had been following> FOLLOWED before the destruction of Hiroshima.
Page 57. Evidence that a secret offer by the Japanese emperor <had been received> WAS RECEIVED one day after the atom bomb was dropped.
Page 60. The incorrect HAD WRITTEN is changed to the correct WROTE, but for the wrong reason.
Page 327. The incorrect HAD COME ABOUT about is changed to the correct WOULD COME ABOUT
Page 396. #7. Igor Stravinsky HAD BEEN REVILED is corrected by (B), but for the wrong reasons.
Page 399. #22. The two soldiers, who WERE friends since high school, is correct, but they changed it to the incorrect, who HAD BEEN friends.
There are LOTS more but this will be enough to show that I have gone over the book, which I bought from Amazon, very carefully. The authors DO have a 'had' problem and YOU will have a 'had' problem if you spend too much time in this book, at least without being aware of what's the matter. If you see it and understand it, then their errors will help reinforce your understanding, which turns a not-so-good force into a positive force. But be careful.
I wrote to Philip Geer and asked him to please tell me what the past perfect is but he did not reply, probably because he doesn't know. I imagine he asked co-author Ira Wolf but he doesn't know either. On the whole, this SAT help-book seems very well-conceived and well-executed. Except for the noted blind spot, these authors know what they're talking about. Note also that Barron's shares the blind spot; they have no clue. There is ample testimony to this fact in all of their relevant publications.
(I also sent a draft copy of this review to Author Geer, but he did not reply, so here it goes.)
She also found out why each correct answer is the right one, and determine her estimated score. She is glad that this book includes self-appraisal details to help her score her SAT essay questions. My daughter was exposed to SAT fundamentals from 9th grade when she enrolled in Beestar's online SAT program at hs.beestar.org. Over time, the program has made a big difference. The exercises are designed for fundamental skills, and are excellent for the upcoming new SAT standards. With such accumulated skills over time, the final preparation becomes much smooth. It is more for checking weak spots and building confidence. Eventually my daughter's SAT score is probably the highest in her class. She attributes her top score to both early little by little accumulation and the final intensive preparation.
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