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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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ISBN-13: 978-1592403691
ISBN-10: 1592403697
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About the Author

Eliot Schrefer graduated from Harvard College in 2001 and lives in New York City. "Glamorous Disasters" is his first novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 6/17/08 edition (July 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592403697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592403691
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is truly a mixed bag. On one hand, it's funny, easy to read, and contains some smart tips. On the other hand, it contains very few examples and some embarrassing errors, which caused me to question its accuracy.

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
First off, if you plan on buying this book, DO NOT PURCHASE THE KINDLE VERSION. The formatting is horrifying, and the effect of the book is somewhat lost when converted to an ebook. (For instance, the vocab words on the bottoms of the pages in the physical copy are not present in the ebook version. There is more that irks me about the Kindle version, but I won't spend the whole review complaining about it. PLEASE, do yourself a favor and order a physical copy!)

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.

Good luck!
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Format: Paperback
This book is full of a lot of jokes, and not that much actual content, BUT there are enough real tips and information to make it worth purchasing. I am an SAT tutor and was shocked at how spot on the author was in some areas. For example, he mentions that the SAT frequently uses words such as anthropology, undermine, and underscore. In tutoring, my students have asked me what those words mean, and have even gotten questions wrong because of not knowing. So good tidbits of info, use with other materials. The author also gives some interesting info that I would have otherwise not known that may not directly help you on the SAT but is interesting to know. For example, he mentions information on how people get extra time on the SAT.

PS I only tutor Critical Reading & Writing so I did not read the Math sections.
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This book is written by a fellow Harvard Grad who lives and works as a private tutor in New York. It's in the same vein as "Up Your Score": a lighthearted, humorous take on the SAT. Instead of trying to tackle everything on the test, Mr. Schrefer instead focuses on providing quick, useful tips and shortcuts, with a particular emphasis on the math section. All in all, it's worth the ten bucks.
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Format: Paperback
I found this book while buying an SAT guide for my nephew, and spent about an hour reading it. While I was impressed by the rates the author charges his students to tutor them (hundreds!), I wasn't impressed with the book. The book seems overly obsessed with scores and scoring higher. I scored the equivalent of above 2300 on the SAT and got into every college I applied to --- including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, and the top small colleges --- but reading the book with its intense focus on scoring made ME nervous.

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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