This is a great book to buy when you're learning SAT vocabs. However, it should not be your only source for vocab study, you should seeks out other SAT vocab list too. Also, if you're thinking about buying "DH toughest vocab" NOT highly recommended. Sure vocab is important but there's no guarantee that ALL of DH vocab will be on the SAT (dont be fool by their website statistics) It's better if you can focus on 1 area either reading, writing, or math and get an extreme high score on it. GOOD LUCK!
Easily the best SAT Vocabulary book I've ever seen, Direct Hits is both comprehensive and concise, a rare combination. I tried using the Vocab section from Princeton's Cracking the SAT, and it was OK, but Direct Hits is excellent. Krieger gives entire paragraphs for each word, so they are wonderfully easy to remember. I went through Chapter 1, which contains over 50 words (in the Table of Contents it says there are 50 words a chapter, but Kreiger adds a few synonyms per word and counts it as one) only once and remembered all of them except one or two. Krieger's paragraphs are relating the words to pop culture (Harry Potter, Lady Gaga, etc. etc.) so it becomes increasingly easy to remember them. Actually I probably got only about 1/3 of the references, but the results were still fantastic.
This book may present one of the more effective and enjoyable approaches to vocabulary development that I have seen.
"You Meet The Most Interesting People on the SAT",
"Every SAT Word Has A History", and
"The Mighty Prefix Words".
Words that have basically the same meaning are grouped together so you actually are leaning more than 200 words.
For example the third word is: "sarcastic, sardonic, snide: meaning - mocking, derisive, taunting, and stinging. The subsequent paragraphs give examples of how each of the three words have been used.
In the section about "Most Interesting People" the student gets to meet many historical figures with interesting tidbits of information that provide examples of the proper use of the word(s) being learned.
The Prefix section is really interesting and provides the student with excellent examples that make learning fun.
The explanations of the material are straightforward and fun. This book enables anyone to create their own excellent sentences using the word(s) being studied.
Do not buy the 2011 edition if you have already purchased the 2010 book.
Before purchasing, I contacted the publisher and was told the 2011 edition contained dozens of new words. There are a few new words (replacing weak words such as "confounded") plus many synonyms added to the original words. For example, for the word "obsolete" from the 2010 edition, the 2011 book tacks on the synonyms "archaic" and "antiquated". Everyday words from the 2010 edition such as " affluent, alleviate, circular, idealistic, novice" reappear in the 2011 book. :(