- Series: College Test Preparation
- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Review; College Test Prepara edition (March 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375428135
- ISBN-13: 978-0375428135
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.3 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cracking the SAT Physics Subject Test, 2011-2012 Edition (College Test Preparation) College Test Prepara Edition
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My son took the first test without doing any review - he scored a 530. He then read the explanations for the answers he missed and started skimming the review sections for any gaps in knowledge. A couple of days later he took the second test and scored a 630 - woohoo, definite progress. Again, he read the explanations for the answers he missed and did more review. He took the third test a few days before the actual exam and scored a 680 on that one. Again, a little more review and he was set for the actual test. Because the subject tests deduct points for incorrect answers, one of the most valuable things my son learned from this process was to not answer questions he didn't know - especially those he couldn't narrow the answer down (with certainty) to a 50-50 choice.
Test day came and he was completely relaxed and confident. I won't give his exact score, but he did score in the 700s and I know there is no way he would have done nearly as well without using this awesome resource.
Total time for him to do all of the above - about 10 hours spread over less than two weeks!
So what are some of the flaws in this book? The SAT Physics Princeton Review book focuses on too much calculation as opposed to concepts. Since students are not permitted to use calculators, the SAT Physics test is mostly concept based. . Half of the book contains math-based problems that were not similar to the questions on the actual SAT Physics test because they were too calculation intensive. So about half of the book contains unnecessary practice problems.This book needs more explaining of concepts and conceptual practice questions rather than complex math-based questions. So, in terms of how well this review book is geared towards the SAT Physics Subject Test, I give it 3 stars.
Do I recommend this book? For the the SAT physics subject test, no.
But it would not have been enough to get just one book; he needed the AP book for the level C test, since it involves use of calculus (unlike the SAT Subject Test and the B level AP test). We don't have his scores yet, but he thinks he did well and found both Princeton Review books to be helpful.
It helped me to remind my self with the physics I already know.
I know someone who knows very little about physics the he spent
a lot of his time studying it and he got an awesome score.
So if you buy it to get a good score, it will help. But if you
buy it and you think it is going to help you know more about
physics, then I think it has some mistakes and it is not the right
book for you.