- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470620854
- ISBN-13: 978-0470620854
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Manage your time and ace the mathematics sections of the SAT
Scoring well on the mathematics sections of the SAT isn't guaranteed by getting good grades in algebra and geometry. Loaded with test-taking strategies, three practice tests, and hundreds of problems with detailed solutions and explanations, this is your go-to guide for making the best use of the limited time allowed and getting your best possible score!
Demystify SAT math — get an overview of the SAT math topics you'll need to know: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, coordinate geometry, and more
Brush up on basics — refresh your knowledge of the basic math skills you'll apply on the exam, and discover the formulas you'll need to know
Solve your way to success — pull together everything you've learned and discover how to approach and solve the types of word problems you'll see on the actual exam
Put your skills to the test — answer practice questions throughout the book, plus take three full-length practice tests with detailed answers and explanations at the end of the book
Make the most of your time — discover the best ways to utilize your study time between now and exam day, as well as how to keep yourself on track on the big day
Open the book and find:
When to use a calculator (and which kinds are permitted)
Advice on answering grid-in questions and word problems
Reviews of the math topics you need to know
The 411 on algebra, geometry, and more
Straightforward explanations of statistics
SAT problem-solving techniques
How to work with decimals, fractions, and square roots
Ten tips to take to the test
Score high on the mathematics sections of the SAT
Identify question types (including those designed to confuse you)
Manage your time during the exam
Perfect your skills with three practice tests
About the Author
Mark Zegarelli holds degrees in math and English from Rutgers University. He is a math tutor and writer with over 25 years of professional experience. Zegarellli has written numerous Dummies books, including LSAT Logic Games For Dummies and Basic Math & Pre-Algebra Workbook For Dummies.
Top customer reviews
If you only had one book to study before this demanding exam, this is the one! Test prep advice aside, Mark really shines when it comes to giving examples of how to remember what's going on, regardless of your learning style or modality. If you hate all the formulas and symbols of math, don't despair-- Zegarelli in typical fashion takes the time both to show how to solve each problem type and describe it in real life terms.
Take a concept (luckily not on this exam!) like the partial derivative in his Calculus II For Dummies. Most scientists can't really describe "verbally" what it is. Mark tells you to imagine that you're standing on a hill. The slope of the hill is obviously the first derivative, as you look up the hill. BUT-- what if you want the slope at other places, like the side of the hill, between the side and the top, etc? That's where partials come in-- they add vectors to the picture-- DIRECTION as well as location and slope. As the SAT book explains, a vector happens when you have TWO parameters-- like location and direction, vs. just location.
In addition to the SAT, this is a GREAT refresher on math even if you're only trying to get back into it for fun, your job, or retraining for new skills or retirement. Mark doesn't just give a bunch of solutions like the Schauum folks, he also explains WHY he solved it the way he did. I usually give stars mostly for content; in this case, it's as much for the author and his teaching competence as the book, title, subject, etc.