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Cracking the SAT with CD-ROM, 2002 Edition (Princeton Review: Cracking the SAT (w/DVD)) Paperback – June 12, 2001

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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the SAT is very different from getting straight As in school. The Princeton Review doesn't try to teach students everything there is to know about math and English—only the techniques they'll need to score higher on the exam. There's a big difference. In Cracking the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT, The Princeton Review will teach test takers how to think like the test makers and:

• Eliminate answer choices that look right but are planted to fool you
• Master the 250 most important SAT vocabulary words
• Nail even the toughest sections: Analogies, Quantitative Comparison, Critical Reading, and more

** This book and CD-ROM package includes 6 full-length, simulated SAT exams: 2 in the book, and 4 on CD-ROM. Plus, The Princeton Review will show readers how to go online and get additional practice. All of TPR's sample test questions are just like the ones test takers will see on the actual SAT, and TPR fully explains every solution.

Contents Include:

I Orientation
How to Think About the SAT
Cracking the SAT: Basic Principles
Cracking the SAT: Advanced Principles
Intro to the PSAT/NMSQT
II How to Crack the Verbal SAT
Joe Bloggs and the Verbal SAT
Sentence Completions
Critical Reading
Writing Skills
III How to Crack the Math SAT
Joe Bloggs and the Math SAT
The Calculator
Algebra: Cracking the System
Quantitative Comparisons: Cracking the System
Grid-Ins: Cracking the System
IV Taking the PSAT/SAT
V Vocabulary
VI Answer Key to Drills

About the Author

Adam Robinson graduated from Wharton before earning a law degree at Oxford University in England. Robinson, a rated chess master, devised and perfected the Joe Bloggs approach to beating standardized tests in 1980, as well as numerous other core Princeton Review techniques. A freelance author of many books, Robinson has collaborated with the Princeton Review to develop a number if its courses.

John Katzman graduated from Princeton University in 1980. After working briefly on Wall Street, he founded the Princeton Review in 1981. Beginning with 219 high school students in his parents' apartment, Katzman now oversees courses that prepare tens of thousands of high school and college students annually for tests, including the SAT, GRE, GMAT and LSAT.

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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Review: Cracking the SAT (w/DVD)
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; Pap/Cdr edition (June 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375761926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375761928
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,869,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
The major problem I have with the princeton review is that they crack out books that have errors in them. This book is good in that respect, however I think there are better ways to prepare. Their discussion of Joe Bloggs isn't bad and it will help, but IT WON'T HELP AS MUCH AS THE MASTERY OF THE MATERIAL! I can not emphasize that enough. The Princeton review shows you all these 'tricks' and not enough time is spent on mastering the material. I hope that I catch many high schoolers and they see this review. If you have about a month before the test I urge you to get a few books. First is Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis. The second is The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne. After you read Word Power you will rip through the Verbal section. The Memory book will help you in all aspects (especially memorizing words)and it will cut down study time by 75%. I am pretty good at math so I didn't get any math books. Now I got a 1230 on the PSAT. Then I read those two books and my score jumped to a 1440(750v, 690m). Remember techniques will help, but mastering the material will help a lot more.
Good luck on the test!
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By A Customer on July 3, 2001
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This book is NOT for you if you are scoring higher than 1300 in your SATs. First, all the questions will be WAY too easy for you, especially the verbal section. I have this book and the Barrons, and the KAPLAN. I took practice tests from Barrons/Kaplan, and I scored about 1340. I did the practice tests from Princeton's Review and it's up by almost 80 points.(70 points coming from the verbal section!) Because it's easier, it will give you confidence about the SATs. But you must also realize that the REAL SATs are not THAT easy.(just a note: I scored 1350 in the REAL SATs, which is close to the BARRON/KAPLAN score but much lower than the Princeton Review) If you're buying this to build vocabulary, buy WORDSMART, or BARRONS SAT. They have much more words for you than this easy book. BUT!! I HAVE TO ADD that this WILL be helpful to those who score in the range of 1000's. I have seen people with those scores who got 100-point boost after studying this book, one aspect being self-confidence and some humorous material.
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First of all, I must stress the point that many people say is bad about this book. People say that it doesn't teach the material on the SAT. It just helps you out by giving tips and such. While this is true, that is the point of the SAT. You cannot try to learn the SAT material in a book. The people who try to do this usually do not do well. You just need help on taking the test. If you don't know the material, then you wouldn't be scoring well on the SAT. I made a 1300 before this book, and then my score jumped to 1540. I knew most of the material but I fell for a lot of traps. So if you are making decent scores and know the material, this book will help you a lot.
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I've not read this year's edition, but I'm familiar with the editions of previous years. Without a doubt, this is the best test preparation book I have ever read, and I have read no small number of them. As others have pointed out, some of the strategies the authors describe border on the obvious, but these are sufficiently important, few, and entertainingly presented that this small lapse is quite acceptable. The book's practice tests are refreshingly indistinguishable from real SATs; they are certainly the best available, though those in Kaplan's SAT book are quite good as well.
Many reviewers have declared this book to be insufficient for those who seek high scores. I disagree strongly. Good advice is good advice, even if presented in a manner less than ceremonial. Pedantic word lists assembled without attention given to what words will likely appear on the SAT, though impressive and temptingly concrete, are not the best use of any preparer's time. Of greater importance than a presentation of all the math and English needed for the SAT is a thorough, insightful walking through of SAT questions, and that's where this book shines.
This book, the College Board's book of ten real SATs, and a functioning noggin are all anyone needs to succeed on the SAT. But if you've got money to spare, you might try the Kaplan book, too -- another look at strategy and a few more realistic practice tests can only help.
I have not yet taken the SAT. On practice tests, my scores started as low as 1440 but have since climbed well into the 1500's -- even to the point of a 1590 most recently. More than to any strategy, I attribute the improvement to increased familiarity with the test, and I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the contribution this book has made.
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I am sorry, but I have serious objectionsto the Princeton Review manner of creating study guides. While some attention is given to actually reviewing the material that is on the test, much information is dismissed as unlikey to appear on the test and therefore unnecessary to remember. Princeton Review bets on statistics of what material is most often tested when deciding what it will teach you.
Likewise, and more importantly, the Princeton Review encourages students of its book to rely on chance and statistics in regards to guessing multiple choice answers. Princeton Review teaches the students the techniques that are most likely to help them and, on the side, teaches the material that is most likely to be essential. Well, that which is most likely is not the case 100% of the time. While some suggest that tests are so unlikely to have three questions in a row with the same answer that a student should be overly skeptical if he or she finds his or her self marking three questions in a row with "B", the fact is that I have taken many tests and many times have I had the same answer for four or even five questions in a row. I got these questions right because I did not doubt my answers based on some test-taking techniques I picked up in the Princeton review but because I had learned enough of the material to be confident.
Quite simply, this Princeton Review book is not an effective enough resource for helping its readers learn the material they are being tested on. The quality of the book is further decreased by its emphasis on tricks and statistical advantages that just do not prove useful enough in the real world.
The SAT is perhaps the most important test a high schooler will take, so don't jeapordize your performance by studying from this book unless you plan to supplement your studies with more material-oriented guides.
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