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on April 9, 2016
The Boot Camp Book along with the prep sessions offered by Ms. Manning proved to be the one-two punch needed for my son to raise his SAT scores by almost 300 points from the start of the program. While this increase was great for helping my son get into the colleges he wanted, the best part was the scholarship that was offered solely due to the increase in his SAT scores. There is definite value in investing in a book, prep classes and time for student study, when the payoff will be over $60,000 in merit scholarships to a chosen college. The program is designed in a way that is focused on what you really need to know for the test, and that focused, individualized approach keeps it from being overwhelming for the student. It is a Boot Camp, so in order to see results, the student must put the time and effort into the process. The Boot Camp approach minimized the stress and maximized the SAT results.
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on July 16, 2013
My son is a bright student but suffers from poor study habits, which resulted in mediocre scores when he took the SAT (1590 / 2400). He is definitely of the YouTube generation. He really needed a structured environment to provide the discipline needed to get results. On a leap of faith, I signed up for Marcy Manning's Boot Camp program which included very focused one hour weekly tutorials along with lots of practice, practice, practice. Her program is very efficient as it targets the child's weak areas, and doesn't waste time on things the child already knows. She also has an excellent must know 100 vocabulary word list in the book, and many other tools in the book and on her website.

Make no mistake, there is no easy way through this, and the child needs to put in the time. I believe Marcy's Boot Camp is the most efficient and effective way to do well on the SAT. An additional benefit to Marcy's program is that my son actually had to learn how to sit down for a few hours at a time and focus on studying without electronic distractions. As a result of Boot Camp, his strong foundation in algebra is really paying off in his physics class this year, and his writing skills have also come a long way. I have a feeling this course also gave him a little dose of the rigors of college demands, and he'll be better prepared for it. Marcy's programs vary in price (check her website) but I considered the cost an investment, and in retrospect, well worth it.

After the course, my son scored a 1970/2400 on the SAT, and I believe he could've scored even higher if he put in more time. If you don't have the means to pay for Marcy's course, I believe the Boot Camp book on its own is well worth it, as it cuts to the chase. It's very specific on math, vocabulary, grammar, writing techniques and so much more. The book is entertaining and full of hints and advice. Just make sure your child practices!
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on November 6, 2015
The book is very handy and works well to focus on the priorities, rather than excluding extraneous information as it comes packaged with other SAT guides. My sister has bought it for her SAT prep and after her copious hours of studying, found this guide to be extremely well-written, and point focused. To her, she greatly valued it and is worth every penny spent.
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on May 11, 2017
My daughter used this book along with the tutoring sessions and her score went up 240 points! The book was well written and the tutoring sessions were incredibly helpful. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who is looking to get their score up!
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on April 27, 2013
Getting your child successfully into the university of their choice is a very stressful time in every family's life. Our search for help in raising our daughter's SAT score brought us to Marcy's "Boot Camp for your Brain", and the coaching she offers with it. It was intense, and required a serious commitment on our daughter's part, but it accomplished the objective. Our daughter's score went up over 100 points, and she got into her first-choice university's honors program. We feel the combination of this book with the available coaching proved to be a critical part of helping our daughter over the very highest hurdle in this stage of her life's journey. Our thanks to Marcy and "The World's Best Prep Course"!
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on December 23, 2016
It's a fantastic resource! It covered all important topics and was very helpful to get prepared for the SAT!
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on August 22, 2013
My score went up 250 points and I only read the three sections. Almost all of the 'Top 100 Words to Know' showed up on the test and some of them three times! The math facts are easy to understand and the writing worksheets are great practice. Definitely worth buying this book!
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on April 4, 2010
This book by far beats out any SAT prep book that I have seen. Other books will give you general suggestions on how to take the test, like the tried and true process of elimination or some elementary math concepts that will guarantee a handful of right answers on the math section. Boot Camp for Your Brain delineates (sat word!) each section of the test, breaking down exactly what you need to know. If it's on the test, it's in the book. Know the book from cover to cover and you should stand a real fighting chance against the SAT.
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on July 7, 2015
It's easy to understand and has a lot of practice problems.
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on September 21, 2015
Awesome, thank you very much!
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