- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 4 edition (February 25, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1523963573
- ISBN-13: 978-1523963577
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 151 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Mike McClenathan used to wish he was a natural born athlete instead of a natural born test taker, but over the years he has learned to embrace his nerdy superpower. He was the valedictorian of his high school class, and a member of Brown University's Class of '03.
Mike is a perfect scorer himself, and currently uses those skills to help kids in and around NYC maximize their scores. He blogs about SAT prep--and gives all kinds of free advice--at PWNTestPrep.com.
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I was skeptical to purchase and inspect Mike's book with "Pwn" in the title, but with all of the glowing recommendations I decided to give it a try. I'm in my 50s and had to google the meaning of "pwn." Apparently, it means to own or dominate used predominantly in the vernacular of video gamers; it seems Mike is a gamer himself, but brings a lot more to the table. Notwithstanding the colloquialism used in the title, this is a serious book that is written to and for a teen looking to optimize his or her performance on SAT Math.
Mike is an extremely intelligent individual whose book reflects his 2400 score. He knows his stuff inside and out and understands the roadblocks that prevent students from doing their best. Not everyone is a 700+ scorer, but everyone can and should get the score that accurately reflects his or her best test taking on the big day. More importantly, he writes in a casual,lively, entertaining tone. It is easy to see that he genuinely cares for his audience. It makes more sense to use an SAT book written by someone with the personal credentials to write it rather than the "written by committee" textbooks of the national prep companies. It really is a hidden gem. Amazon gets two thumbs up for selling these types of specialty books that most likely would not be given shelf space at Barnes and Noble to compete against McGraw Hill, Barron's, Kaplan, Princeton Review, and all of the other publishers that have the publishing clout to get shelf space. Sometimes the most popular isn't the best. McDonald's overall revenues exceeds that of Peter Luger steak house, the best steakhouse in NYC, but it doesn't mean you get a better meal there. Mike's book is the Peter Luger of SAT math texts.
Great job Mike!
I searched and searched many forums and came across Mike's PWN the SAT. At first, I was skeptical about studying on my own for the SAT. I didn't think it was impossible to improve my score, but I knew that I would have to put in a lot of work to bring my score up. I waited until school was over to start studying intensely. I have put in about 4 hours a day for the past 5 weeks and couldn't be happier with my current scores. Upon completion of PWN THE SAT, my projected math score is currently 700. (I've taken 3 previously administered tests from the Blue Book, the PSAT, and another two tests that were a motley of questions compiled from previous years' tests). I could not be happier! PWN the SAT (as well as other studying sources) helped me bring my SAT score all the way up from a 1770 to a (drum roll please) projected 2100!
If you're looking for a great book with thorough, concise, and lucid explanations, BUY THIS BOOK! This is a self-studier's MUST HAVE! This is best $30 (I think? The price for a new copy looks to have gone up tremendously) I have ever spent. Mike takes a conversational approach and really tries to connect with the reader on a personal level. From cover to cover, I laughed, cried, squealed, and cried some more. At the end of it all I couldn't believe how easy the math was. I have never struggled with math, it is by far one of my best subjects in school. But through Mike and all his infinite, goofy wisdom, I learned the SAT is not a math test and treating it like so is like bringing a knife to a gun fight -- unless you're a ninja, you'll always lose.
If you are looking for the "it" book, this book is IT. Mike mixes in many words commonly found on the SAT, makes you feel like a champ, and includes a section in the back of the book that categorizes the questions in the Blue Book according to each chapter in his book. Buying the Blue Book to do practice problems in will definitely aid you in your journey to doing better. The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition
Just a side note: I had no clue a second edition came out. PWN the SAT: Math Guide by McClenathan, Mike 2nd (second) Edition (1/4/2013) I may or may not buy it depending on whether or not the content varies greatly from this edition. I'm confident that version is just as good as this version. So please, if you really want to do well on the SAT, buy this book. I'm not promoting PWN the SAT for any other reason other than that is awesome (I'm a verified buyer). I'm looking forward to the October 2013 SAT and am confident I can knock the math section out of the park. I implore you, even if you did not as well as you would have liked on the SAT the first time, this book will definitely help you pwn the SAT the second time. (See what I did there?)