- Series: Direct Hits
- Paperback: 154 pages
- Publisher: Direct Hits Publishing; 5 edition (September 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936551144
- ISBN-13: 978-1936551149
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Direct Hits Advanced Vocabulary prepares students for high-level words found on the ACT, SAT, Advanced Placement Exams, and more.
Words are our tools for learning and communicating. A proficient and robust vocabulary is critical to success in school, business, the professions, AND standardized tests.
"For any teacher looking for new ways to incorporate vocabulary in the classroom, Direct Hits Advanced Vocabulary is an invaluable tool. Students will enjoy the books so much they will forget they are learning vocabulary!" Aaron Watson,Former President for Atlanta Board of Education
"I am an Orton-Gillingham reading tutor and SSAT tutor with over 15 years of experience. The Direct Hits Advanced Vocabulary book contains the "most common" vocabulary words that Middle School students need to learn. The in depth explanations of each word makes it manageable and fun for a student to learn." Martha Akers Shadle, Orton-Gillingham Reading Specialist
"Everything you could ask for to master core vocabulary for those in middle school. Direct Hits has been a boon to all my students." Frances Kweller, Founder and Director of Kweller Test Prep and Educational Services, Inc.
About the Author
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Direct Hits Publishing team is made up of educators including reading specialists, AP English teachers, and master tutors. Building on the success of the previous four editions, they take the SAT themselves and consult with other secondary school teachers, parents, and students from around the world to ensure that these words and illustrations are on target to prepare students for success on standardized tests.
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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.
Direct Hits did not fail me. Thanks to their fun method of teaching vocab through relevant stories, it was a breeze learning the words.
And these words aren't only relevant for the SAT(which I scored a 680 on Critical Reading on my first try). I've read other nonfiction books such as Into the Wild and I was delighted seeing vocab I've learned from this book.
To anyone wanting to brush up their vocabulary for the SAT, AP test, or just anything in general, this book is a worthy purchase.
By the way, I want to include that I first read the CORE VOCABULARY Direct Hits. Don't forget to buy that one too!
Memorizing word lists isn't a terribly efficient way to prep, I don't think, the best thing to do is read often from a young age, IMO. But this was a good use of time and we made it fun.
FWIW she did better on the ACT which is less vocab-heavy.
1 don't have much time till the next sat
2 just wants to the core lists of words
Reference: I was a vocab idiot and after this book, 18/19 for the sentence completion questions of the critical reading