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Kaplan New York City Specialized High School Admissions Test (Kaplan Test Prep) Seventh Edition
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My (highly motivated) daughter used this book to help her prep for the SHSAT test and passed the test with flying colors, getting into her first choice of schools in NYC. We did complement this book with some basic test-prep at school, but even they were just using pages from this book.
How did she prepare? She worked through the practice problems in the front of this book, and learned how to tackle each type of test question. She spent extra time on the ones she felt least comfortable at. Then she did a few of the practice tests in the back of the book, which were VERY similar to the actual SHSAT test she took a few months later.
The SHSAT test is a weird test. It CAN be learned. Even the smartest kid, faced with with this test without preparation, will not do THAT well on it. The question types are strange and can be learned and practice will make a smart kid better at them.
I would not say that a below average student could use this book and suddenly pass the test, but a smart kid could use this book to get that all-important high test score to get into a specialized school. Consider it like putting good fuel into a sports car- it will enhance the performance.
We also used the Barron's test prep book which was equally good.
So maybe a good approach for a self-motivated young student is to use this Kaplan book, the Barron's book, and perhaps some light test prep course in addition. But honestly, if the student used just the two books and went through them completely, the test prep would be unnecessary.
This is a good starter book, but it isn't going to get you into Sty or Science by itself though.
Overall, this book lived up to my expectations everywhere expect the math section.
When I first got the book I was getting low 60s and now I get an average of 77 per test
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was very useful, but at first I did not realize that it was practically the same as another version I had of this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon customer/reviewer
Very easy book, nothing too challenging, but at least some good contentPublished 3 months ago by The Smug Fiend
i felt like i would have done better if i just studied notes instead of reveiwing thi sgarbage but i did help me get basic material down so i give it 3 starrsPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is very helpful because it explains the questions and why the other answers are wrong. Also each section is clearly described and gives some very helpful tips.Published 12 months ago by Meiyu xu