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First, there are a lot of lists out there (I'm sure I've seen almost all of them), but the Direct Hits Family is the best. The list is based upon the actual SAT Test. The list is manageable. 1000 words, 3500 words, 5000 words?! Really? If you know that many words you need to work for Merriam-Webster. Time would be better spent reading. It is so well organized. The 5th edition shows welcome changes from the earlier editions. The explanations require less reading, sentences rather than passages. The Latin/Greek roots are interspersed throughout the books and connected with the relevant words. Direct Hits does a fantastic job in bring up previous words in new lessons; this serves as functional review. There are less sentence completion review exercises than in the earlier versions, but if you know how to use the blog posts it more than makes up for it.
Heck, if you're already in college but find the reading "soo hard" get both volumes and get educated son. It's not gonna get eazier.
In conclusion, I recommend Direct Hits for tutors, self-studying SAT students or anyone who wants to get a vocabulary foundation for college level. Remember, it is a start not a panacea, but it's probably the best start out there
Like other reviewers have mentioned, the book is concise and entertaining. What they neglected to mention is how much better it is than everything else. My review copy came with a list of over 130 words which were on both recent SAT's and in this book! That's flat out incredible, given that there are 440 words in the Core + Toughest books. Most of the other companies have word lists in the thousands, and their hit rate is definitely lower.
The other great thing about the books is how much fun they are to read. Each word has a paragraph or two telling a story, which makes it simple to learn the words. All the descriptions are either cool facts from history or quotes/items related to current events and pop culture, so teenagers are much more likely to understand and incorporate the words into their vocabulary. There's also a review at the end with all the words and their definitions if you want a quick refresher. One other new feature is the sample sentence completions at the end of each book - there are about 30 of them in each book, and they're very realistic.
I'm currently a junior at Yale, and I used an older version of Direct Hits in the past, which I largely credit for my 800 Critical Reading score on the SAT. I had a blast reviewing the 5th edition because the books are so well written and entertaining, and I never thought I'd say that about a SAT vocab book.
If you want to get a great score, and have a fun time learning some really cool words, then Direct Hits is your best choice.
Each paragraph with a word is constructed so brilliantly, that before you know it, you can name three synonymous rather than one. Like trite, banal, hackneyed. And then you learn even more words in the paragraph that they describe that word. Such as Paula Abdul's "banal comments on American Idol".
I 100% recommend Direct Hits. I'm finding it more helpful than flashcards, and that's a lot to say as I've been using flashcards all my life.
I usually just look up words' meanings but they don't stick in my mind because I need application and associations to effectively memorize them.
I think this book, although not solely, contributed in raising my CR score from around the low-mid 500's to a 600 on my following practice tests.
I recommend this to anyone who wants to expand their vocabulary and improve their score. It would be best to buy the Toughest Vocabulary book by the same publisher though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really feel prepared for the hard vocab, as it's really relevant to the SAT English section - so don't worry!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter said this is the most helpful vocab study by far. Short, complete definitions and then great examples of the words used in sentences.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
good book basically a dictionary full of the most used sat words and how you can memorize them !! awesome thanksPublished 10 months ago by Xiao Pong
The book is extremely useful for those who are trying to ace the SAT. Not only the 19 sentence completion questions, but also the 48 passage-based reading questions and the 49... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Danny Tsai