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Other reviewers have probably already said what I'm going to say- but no matter, it will give you a second opinion to verify the poor quality of this book.
First mistake: the answer sheets for every practice exam only include 4 answer bubbles for each question (there should be 5 answer bubbles, and it got annoying after a while). But this is only a minor mistake...
Second mistake: the answer key is sometimes wrong (I encountered this problem maybe once or twice each test). What's worse- when the answers are explained, the answer is still wrong! The explanation will have the wrong answer choice (like C instead of A), but the solution will be for the correct answer. This was frustrating sometimes and gives you a permanent mistrust of all of their answers and solutions.
The review section is still decent- a lot of concepts are adequately summarized. But all in all, if you can help it, don't go for this book. Choose a competitor's. I liked Kaplan (the difficulty of the practice exams more closely modeled the real thing). And of course the official College Board study guide is a good book for assessment and accurately predicting your score. I gave this book two stars because I don't think you should buy it when there are so many decent competitors out there.
On this test, matrix questions are considered difficult, and uniformly appear at the end of the exam. In the Barron's practice tests, matrix questions appear very early in the test amongst the easy questions. On the real test, polar coordinate questions are pretty straightforward, and yet still considered difficult by the test makers. The Barron's book puts extremely difficult polar coordinate questions very early in the test.
The subjects covered, the difficulty, the sorts of tasks, and the wording are absolutely nothing like the actual test. Did the Barron's author even bother examining the actual test? I think not. While it might be cool to see if you can do the math in this book, it will in no way help you prepare for the test. I highly recommend never even opening this book.
Page 311, problem 18: The problem asks for the ratio of p to q if 4.05^p = 5.25^q but fails to state that p and q cannot be zero. (This is a mathematical error but not spectacularly important to students preparing for the test.)
Page 311, problem 20: We're told that cos(67) = tan(x) and asked to find x. The actual number of solutions is infinite.
Page 309, problem 8: Two points in the second quadrant have coordinates (x,y) and (y,cy). But how can that be since the first y must be positive and the second negative? This is a serious error.
Page 312, problem 24: The problem involves a deck of playing cards. Playing cards are not proper for the real test. This is a moderately important error since it might lead students to believe (falsely) that they must understand a deck of cards.
Page 317, problem 50: The problem asks for arcsin(cos(100)) but requires you to change from degrees to radians in the middle of the problem. Why mathematical point is there in that nonsense? Students who learn Barron's tomfoolery such as changes from degrees to radians in the middle of a problem are not preparing for the real exam; they are preparing for Barron's exams.
I've chosen only a few pages close together to give an idea of how many errors there are.Read more ›
Another thing is that this test is WAY harder than the real exam. I was NEVER able to finish a test in the alotted time. My friend got an 800 on the real test but she said when she took Barron's exam, she got 8 questions wrong (definitely not an 800). They're supposed to give you a sense of what the real test is like and help you review for it, but they just stressed me out for the real exam because I was afraid I'd fail.
This book is definitely not worth your money. Don't buy it, send a message to Barron's that if they want customers, they need to fix up their product.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I discourage those who aren't mathematically inclined from using this book. Having established this, I should mention that I'm a high school sophomore who got straight As in BC... Read morePublished on June 3, 2011 by vasumathi ranganathan, srinivasan ranganathan
1) The questions are not only harder than those on the test but significantly different
2) The solutions over-emphasize the use of the calculator. Read more
I bought this book about a month and a half before taking the math SAT IIs thinking that I would have plenty of time to review. I was wrong. Read morePublished on September 10, 2010 by Seafood grill master
I think the sample tests in this book are challenging enough compared with other SAT math books. The review for each subject is sufficient. Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by C. Oney
The chapters teaching you how to use your graphing calculator and how to approach each problem are good, but the practice tests are extremely hard and unlike the real SAT II. Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by Joshua Pend
Just bought the book today, 5/1/10. Good news! The editors finally noticed. The answer sheet has A-E, all 5 bubbles available. Read morePublished on May 1, 2010 by An ophthalmologist
If you want to refresh your memory of Algebra II and Pre-calculus before taking the real SAT math IIc test, please read the review chapters in this book. Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by tingliucs
I purchased this book a month before I took my SAT II to help me brush up on some Algebra II topics I had forgotten. Read morePublished on January 2, 2010 by Ling Li