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Direct Hits Core Vocabulary of the SAT 4th Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1936551057
ISBN-10: 1936551055
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Direct Hits Publishing (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936551055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936551057
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You will greatly benefit from and enjoy the process of building your vocabulary, even if you are not preparing to sit for the SAT exam, as you read one or both volumes of the 4th edition of Core Vocabulary of the SAT and Toughest Vocabulary of the SAT by Direct HitsTM

Did I just say "enjoy" in connection with learning vocabulary? Yes, I did, and I meant it. Both books are divided into three main sections: several chapters of vocabulary, a fast review section, and a test (with answers following). There is also a useful Index so you can mark words that may require extra study after you take the exam.

Volume One covers the core vocabulary in six chapters. Volume Two covers toughest terms in five chapters. What sets both of these books apart from standard vocabulary builders is that these make learning fun. SAT applicants will connect with the contemporary references that augment the traditional definitions. These books give valuable hooks that help you remember what each word means.

What most of us forget is that vocabulary adeptness isn't just a skill useful to ace entrance exams. A strong and confident use of words marks us as educated, thoughtful people. Being able to speak well and understand others helps us move up the career ladder and aids us in clearly communicating our ideas.

However, even if your purpose is simply to pass the SAT, you cannot go wrong in getting these books. Despite their compact size, they pack a wallop (my apologies to the authors but sometimes you simply have to use a common phrase to describe the impact, ahem, of a good book - or, in this case, two good books).

Volume 1 covers 220 core SAT vocabulary, dividing them into distinct sections.
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The Direct Hits Core Vocabulary of the SAT 4th Edition contains a carefully researched list of 220 words that students should absolutely know if they wish to score well on the vocabulary portion of the SAT critical reading section. Unlike other SAT vocabulary lists, the Direct Hits collection includes literary, historical, and popular examples that nicely complement each of the words contained within it. While some of the examples may seem cheesy or just irrelevant at times, they make reading through the Direct Hits books more fun and otherwise memorizing vocabulary less monotonous and boring.

The 4th edition of the Direct Hits books contain some notable changes from their predecessors. First, rather than having a review at the end of each chapter, the books now have a cumulative test at the end. While the tests better represent the vocabulary portion of the SAT critical reading section, they are not as helpful in reinforcing learned words as students will not have a chance to apply the vocabulary studied in each chapter until the end. The change is not a major complaint and may even benefit some students. Another interesting addition is the "Know Your Roots" boxes. These boxes take the root of select words in each book and not only provide the definition of the root but also other words sharing it. As the saying goes, these root boxes help students kill two birds with one stone, that is, learn multiple words simply by learning the definition of their shared root.

As far the Core Vocabulary book goes, there is little to criticize about it. Having taken the SAT and multiple official practice tests myself, I can near guarantee that all of the words contained within the book have shown up at least once on the SAT and are likely to show up again in future ones.
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As a professional tutor who specializes in SAT prep, I have used and discarded a variety of vocab prep methods over the years. I've found nothing better than this book (and for high-achieving students, its companion as well)!
I hate flash cards. I find that most students can spend an hour flipping through them and remember little more than they did before they began.
This book presents vocab words in a *memorable* way. Studies have proven, again and again, that the key to memorization is linking an item to another concept or meaning. The Baker-baker concept illustrates this by comparing the difficulty of remembering the *name* Baker with the ease of remembering that someone *is* a baker. This book provides anecdotes and allusions as well as synonyms and word roots, all intended to help link the vocab word to existing memories.
I've found that my students are learning more words with less time investment and less effort than ever before.
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I liked the way the book was set up with references to literature, history, and current events and pop culture.

I also liked the "Tip[s] for a Direct Hit" that carry examples forward, giving more specialized information, and the "Know Your Roots" boxes.

I found my favorite section of the book to be "Every Word Has a History" because it showed how some words, now fairly common in usage, have their origins in Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, European History and Literature, American Folklore and Politics, India, and Arab Astronomy.

While I had reasonably favorable success with this section of the SAT when in high school, this book would have been a great help towards a higher score.

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