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Guide to the SAT & PSAT Paperback – July 8, 2004
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This can be confuing if you do not know the real SAT format , BUT content wise this book is amazing !!!!!! the content is amazing and is writen in clear ways to understand. The essay portion is the best i have seen ever. there are no typos. it is so helpful!!!!
After reading countless useless books , i loved studying this book. i sometimes even looked forward to reading their explanations ( nerd )
though their practice test is in the formaT of the incorrect SAT , i reccomend doing them because the content of the questions are correct and THEIR EXPLANATIONS ARE AMAZING AND CLEAR, NOT SHORT LIKE ALOMOST ALL OTHER BOOKS !!!
Do Not Buy ( i have bought the following and found it pointless and terrible ) :
Barron's Pass Key PSAT / SAT
Up Your Score Underground SAT
PS: i reccomend buying an additional sat book like KAPLAN SAT because they provide numerous up to date SAT practice tests and it is good because they explain the format of the current SAT very well.
OVERALL: BEST BOOK SO FAR !!!!!
The strategies in this book are great. Their formula for the essay is simple and effective. The math is explained in detail that is very understandable, especially if you are not math smart. But their strategy for the Critical Reading was what really stood out to me. So simple and yet so very effective. I personally had a tremendous score increase in this section, simply by following this book's strategies and taking multiple practice exams.
And perhaps the best thing about this book is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. It cracks a few jokes and pokes fun at the exam, a very important reminder that this test is only a test and does not determine the rest of your life. Its lighthearted approach will make it easier for the reader to relax and simply do the best that they can.
The only issue is that this book comes with only three practice exams. I reccommend Barron's if you feel the need to practice more. Their exams are a bit harder than the real thing, which makes it easier when you take the actual exam. This was the book I used: How to Prepare for the SAT: 2007 (Barron's How to Prepare for the Sat I (Book Only))
Additionally, the Authors always have a crack of humor here and there, and they genuinely sympathise with the student taking the SAT, and it looks like they sincereley want to help.
Just because they don't have a yearly update to it doesn't mean its obsolete? Far from it! I think the yearly update thing that companies like the Princeton Review do are a marketing gimmick. Now you can buy this at a steal.
I don't have any cons for this book. It's a well thoughtout, helpful book.
Cracking the New SAT 2006 Edition by the Princeton Review
The Official SAT Study Guide
11 Practice SAT Tests by the Princeton Review
If you dont want to take any classes, or are taking the test over again, this book is a MUST!
Not recommended for practice tests, but maybe for the lessons before the practice tests.