- Series: The Official SAT Study Guide
- Paperback: 997 pages
- Publisher: College Board; 2 edition (July 21, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0874478529
- ISBN-13: 978-0874478525
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.6 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1,141 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, because the authors of this book are the same institution that writes the SAT's their point of view tends to be rather biased. For example, the essay section of this book tells you to "...there are no guidelines on how to organize your essay; use the approach that best fits your topic and point of view. Good writing is not a strict adherence to a formula, rather, it is the strong development of ideas..." and while this may be true in life, historically SAT essays that do well follow a specific form and style, and the graders reward simple arguments that follow a familiar format.
That's not to say this isn't a good book to use, just be aware they they are full of themselves and that you should try to reference multiple materials.
The book has great resources, many practice tests, "fun" examples, and even gives other resources in relation to college board which could be helpful in the future, but my daughter believes that if being compared to the Princeton review study guide is better in comparison.
With the Princeton version in addition to the things that the college board book gives you (including the college board resources that are free on the website), she feels that the Princeton book has more "meat" to it and goes more in depth to te problems which can be a much better option in regards to your child's score.
pg 618. The answer to problem 6-14 is 5, not 6.
pg 641. Problem 13 should be c(x)=((600x-200)/x)+k.
pg 680. Decimal points are missing from problems 4-15 and 4-17.
pg 804. The decimal point is missing from problem 3-9.
pg 866. The answer to problem 7-17 is B, not C.
UPDATE AS OF DECEMBER, 2012: There have been at least four printings of this book. In the first printing, there were no indications of any errors. The second printing had a list of errors printed on yellow paper which was inserted into the book. The third printing corrected the errors, had no insert, and said "Updated!" on the cover. The fourth printing has corrected the errors and does not say "Updated!" on the cover. Your particular copy of the book may be from any of these printings.
1) It has real SAT tests that were issued to students in recent years.
2) It has the answers and a grading sheet so you can figure out what your score would have been.
3) It has more than enough tests for a student who is studying the typical 1-2 months. I have yet to have a student who used the entire book.
1) I call this a practice book rather than a study guide because the 360+ pages at the beginning are long, boring and not of enough use to justify the paper and ink, IMHO. Students will get much more help and in an enjoyable way from UP YOUR SCORE, THE UNDERGROUND GUIDE TO THE SAT Up Your Score 2013 2014 Underground I recommend that my students read Up Your Score as well. At least those who are preparing for the SAT more than 1 week ahead of time.
2) It is heavy! I know that sounds silly but it is a big book to lug around to practice sessions.
Don't waste your money on other "study guides" that claim to have tests that emulate the SAT. The others do not. This is the only one with real tests and it has more than enough of them to prepare for the SAT. If you are preparing more than a week or two ahead of time (which you should), buy the most recent version Up Your Score as well. It is a fun, funny and easy read.