- Series: Kaplan 12 Practice Tests for the SAT
- Paperback: 1080 pages
- Publisher: Kaplan Publishing (July 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 141955039X
- ISBN-13: 978-1419550393
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 2.4 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,574,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This apparent duplication of question types is not a bad thing. The scope of the SAT 1 is actually rather limited, and optimizing one's score often comes down to additional reliable practice, which is just what this book offers. Note that in earlier publications on the New SAT 1, KAPLAN made some serious errors in test format and content, probably as a result of a lack of initial information about the ultimate format and emphasis of the New SAT 1. This book settles at least that problem: the 12 practice examinations overall follow the official test, both in test structure (number of sections, number of questions and time allotment per section) and in test questions.
A serious word of caution, though, about the Mathematics practice in this book. Whereas the authors seemed to have closely followed the patterns of the Official SAT Guide for the Writing and Reading Sections, they seemed to have ventured into unnecessary improvisation in the Mathematics Section.Read more ›
I was irritated by the fact that a surprising number of questions in the later practice tests were recycled from the previous tests, particularly the vocabulary and essay questions. Also, the fact that grammatical errors exist in the critical reading passages pinpoints a lack of editing on the writer's part. On the brighter side, the explanations provided together with the answers are comprehensive enough except for the sample essays which I found to be overtly simple. In fact, when I compared the sample essays with those provided at the official College Board website, I found that a grade 6 sample essay in this book would at best be awarded a grade 4 according to College Board standards.
Notwithstanding the blemishes and imperfections of this book as outlined above, I would still recommend this book as additional practice for any SAT candidate. However, one should still attempt the practice tests in the Official College Board blue book before buying this book.
If you dont have the older version(s) of this book...then buy it if you want some good practice....depite dozens of errors...you will still get some good practice....i just wish that i knew this book would be the exact same as the 2006 version...then i wouldnt have bought it...
On the other side, I believe this is the best practice test SAT book on the market other than the Officail SAT Guide. If one runs out of the "real" questions, not many decent practice test options are left...
3.) Most of the reading composition topics are the same as the blue book. They just changed some of the words.
4.) Why buy this when you can get the real thing at collegeboard.com
Some questions are modeled after the College Board book's while others are not.
Overall, Kaplan 12 is valuable, because it is most important for students to PRACTICE and think critically about their incorrect answers. Where are you going to find more practice?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ordered a new version of the book, but when i received the book it was definitely not new as the front covers belonged to some library. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Dong-Hwi
The book was not as advertised. It was marked on and the practice tests answer sheets were almost all missing.Published on March 22, 2013 by joseph m. russell
Cheaper than a tutor! Great practice for the SAT. My daughter did this book and just took her SAT. Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by Alicia
I am a student who bought this book that thought that I could benefit from real practice tests, turns out these tests are nothing like the real SAT. Read morePublished on July 19, 2011 by proexpert
Text formatting errors makes mathematical formulas in the question appear one way, but according to the answer guide, it is meant in a different way. Read morePublished on March 12, 2011 by cyraclered
I used this book exclusively in my tutoring sessions I provided for inner city kids. However due to a lack of improvement in my student's scores, I decided to switch over to the... Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by LeapFrog3
12 PRACTICE TESTS FOR THE SAT appears in its sixth updated edition to pack over 1,000 pages with clear test-taking guidelines. Read morePublished on September 14, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
This book is extremely inaccurate, especially on math and critical reading section. Both are more difficult than the sections from collegeboard blue book, but if you want more... Read morePublished on July 23, 2010 by DONTBUYTHIS