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Barron's SAT Subject Test Math Level 2, 8th Edition 8th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0764136924
ISBN-10: 0764136925
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  • A diagnostic test will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses
  • Five chapters of subject review cover all test topics
  • Six full-length practice tests with answer keys and explanations
  • Instruction on the use of your graphing calculator
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    Product Details

    • Paperback: 384 pages
    • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 8th edition (January 1, 2008)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0764136925
    • ISBN-13: 978-0764136924
    • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    By J. Chen on July 25, 2008
    Format: Paperback
    I'm surprised at this kind of quality from Barron's.

    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.
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    I am an SAT Math Level 2 tutor, and I have been working with this test for over 10 years. This Barron's book is absolutely the worst Math Level 2 book that I have ever seen. The questions in this book are (a) significantly more difficult than those on the actual exam, and (b) nothing at all like those on the actual exam.

    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.
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    This book is puzzling. Two authors, each with an M.A. (though I don't know in what), can't seem to take the time or effort to get things right. Frankly, they should be embarrassed by this mess. On the practice tests, there are problems with no correct answers, problems with multiple correct answers, and problems with errors galore. Here are some specific examples of errors, from the minor to the egregious.

    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.
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    Don't buy this book, it's not worth your money. I suggest you buy Princeton Review instead. Like someone before me said, it is obvious that the people who published this book didn't take any time to look over it or they would've found numerous mistakes. No "e" choices for any of the answer choices? That was already kind of annoying, but the numerous printing and mistakes made in explanations makes me wonder if they printed a draft instead of the final copy. For instance, they left out the ^'s in one question, which confused me for quite a while. I found at least 3 instances when the answer was just plain wrong. What really pissed me off, though, was that one question asked you to calculate the area of the triangles in a graph shown above the questions--yet they began the explanation with "To calculate the area of the rectangles in under the graph..." It would've been somewhat forgivable as a typing mistake, but when I looked at my friend's book (the 2007 or I think 7th edition) I found that the exact same question was in her book, with the exact same mistake in their explanation. A new edition is supposed to correct old errors and improve, but they obviously just reprinted it for more money!
    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.
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