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Hack the SAT: Strategies and Sneaky Shortcuts That Can Raise Your Score Hundreds of Points 6/17/08 Edition
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I applaud the author for writing a concise SAT guide that is accessible to the typical student. However, I would strongly advise readers to use this book in conjunction with the College Board's own preparation guides. On its own, this book does not provide adequate background material - or examples - for the average reader.
This is one of those SAT help books that is actually fun to read. Just that makes Hack the SAT rather unique. I enjoyed working my way through this book, and the SAT tips were very helpful. The essay section had especially brilliant advice, and the math section provided an adequate supplementary review of the concepts I needed to slog my way through the SAT again.
All in all, a nice book, yet I would caution anyone against trying to study for the SAT with ONLY this book. For one thing, it doesn't have enough practice activities. There are also a few errors in the book (one practice question did not list the correct answer as an option, there are a couple typos, etc.). If you're looking to score competitively, invest in the CollegeBoard's "Blue Book," which has real, multiple practice tests.(Practice tests are an integral part of any study routine for the SAT. Please do as many of them as possible to accustom yourself to the types of questions asked on the SAT.) Barron's 2400 and Kaplan guides are also very good, so please check those out for a more thorough review of SAT concepts.
PS I only tutor Critical Reading & Writing so I did not read the Math sections.
The mentality that the author is coming from seems pretty typical of the prep school crowd, at least the ones that I went to college with. And prep school kids do need to do more in order to stand out; it's much easier to get into H/Y/P from the great public high schools of the Midwest than from Eastern prep schools. And prep school kids seem to have this whole stigma against the good public universities, so they regard attending them as a failure, whereas from my Midwestern high school we just saw it as normal and going to an Ivy as a bonus. I don't envy them. But the mentality is intense and neurotic enough to drive anyone crazy.
As an example, he suggests that everyone take the test preferably three times, unless they get a high score to start with, and he gives a whole schedule on which to take the tests so that you have multiple tries. He gives suggestions for which subject tests it's easiest to get a good score on. Some of the practice questions are even about the SAT itself. And periodically in the middle of a hint, he'll say things like, "There's a lot riding on this test." In case you're not feeling enough anxiety already.
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It is not valid for the new format of the SAT but all the same some techniques might be useful regardless.Published 28 days ago by vansun
My son said it was a huge help. We will see when he scores come back.Published 21 months ago by David V
My older son borrowed this book from a friend when he was taking the SATs. He loved the book and thought the tips were great. Read morePublished 21 months ago by AngelaML