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These tests are HARD!
on August 9, 2011
I've been tutoring kids for the SAT-II Math-II test (among other things) and have used the College Board's book for Math-II (only 2 tests), Princeton Review's book (easy - only 2 tests) Barron's Math-I (harder and good prep with review but only 3 tests), Barron's Math-II (even harder but good review and 7 tests), and Dr. Chung's here. Dr. Chung's book is almost all tests (12 tests). There is almost nothing in the way of review of the material and the questions are the hardest of all. Some are so hard that it is difficult to believe anything like them will come up on the real Math-II test which is why I took off 1 star. On the other hand, if you can do all these questions you absolutely, positively know your stuff and can expect a very high score on the real test. You can miss 5-6 questions on the real test and still get 800 which is probably why 11% of the test takers get an 800.
If you teach pre-calc or algebra 2 there are some great problems here for extra credit on tests.
In prepping students I start with Princeton Review as a kind of light intro, and then the Barron's SAT-I Math-I book since the problems are actually about the difficulty of the real Math-II tests, then the Barron's Math-II book which is harder then the real thing but better to be over-prepared than under. I finish with the real tests. Finally, if they have time and like a challenge we tackle Dr. Chung's book. I like the problems here but some I tell the kids to skip because they won't come up on the test.