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This book lays out a very clear and concise plan-of-attack for every single part of the SAT. My kids mostly needed help with the reading and the math, and they said this really helped. They're both good students but they were having a hard time getting SAT scores that matched their grades in school. They also said this book was faster and easier to read than they were expecting it to be, because it's pretty thick considering that there are no practice tests in it.
And that's why you should get the College Board's blue book too if you really want to maximize the effectiveness of this Black book. The black book is all about making sure you work with real SAT questions. Which you can only get from the blue book, because only the College Board is allowed to print real SAT questions. I had bought a lot of other books from Kaplan, Princeton, and so on, and my kids now told me I should have just gotten these two books from the beginning and we could have saved a lot of time.
At first I was only going to give 4 stars because there are no practice tests, but I decided to go with 5 because it's actually better that this book insists on working with real test questions, which can only be found in another book. That way the kids know for sure that the strategies from this book will work on real SAT questions like the ones they'll see when they take the real test.
Bottom line is that they haven't taken the test again since I bought these books, but they've done practice tests and say they improved a lot. That wasn't the case with the SAT books they were using before. They're happy now, so I'm happy.
(They also recommend signing up for the free extra video examples that are mentioned in the black book.)
A summary of what you are getting:
Confidence, because it takes away all the uncertainties from the SAT;
Strategies, knowing exactly how to approach the questions;
Knowledge related to the type of questions and their patterns.
The Math Tool Box for example reviews every single subject that might appear in the Test. The author explains every concept clearly. Besides he goes through a whole section using not only the concepts in the tool box, he also picks the "most difficult questions" in the Math Section from the Blue Book.
In the Essay Section, the strategies are spelled out clearly. For example, he recommends that one takes a position for or against the Thesis spelled out in the question. Then you divide the Essay in five sections...when you buy the book you will see for yourself.
Knowledge related to the types of questions and their patterns.
Anybody who knows Music will tell you, chords and theories are made from patterns (think of the Cycle of Fifth for example). Michael does the same thing in the Black Book. In the Reading Section for example, he demonstrates how the right answer is always in the body of the text.
As a trained teacher and a CPA, I live in Toronto, Canada, I bought the Black Book and the Blue Book from the College Board in order to train my daughter for the PSAT and the SAT. Being hands on, I read and applied all the instructions from the Black Book as a test drive before passing the knowledge to my daughter, the Black Book works like a charm. Using previous Tests from the Blue Book, my daughter consistently pulled between 2100-2300 in practice.Read more ›
overwhelmed with SATs. Every standardized test prep book I've read (and I've read quite a few) has left me feeling over-stressed and under-confident. They make me feel like--regardless of how smart I am or how well I've done in school--I'm about to get spanked by an unbeatable test. So, I was very surprised when the Black Book told me I didn't need to memorize vocabulary words, or do a lot of other stuff that I saw in other books. Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical. And then I read page 39: "The 'Big Secret' of the SAT".
Since the Black Book arrived a week ago, I have done a complete 180. This book takes away that overwhelming feeling and--as you spend more time learning the rules--replaces that feeling with one of confidence. This book shows you where to focus your time. I'd also add that it's well-organized, easy to move through without your eyes glazing over, and is the next best thing to having a personal coach right next to you. I highly recommend this book for anyone prepping for SATs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Would Give 5 Stars, but for some reason, I'm not able to follow along on the Passage-Based reading section (or any other section) in the Blue Book at all. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Bradley
Eh, it's for the old SAT's so I couldn't use it but other then that it's useful.Published 21 days ago by Misttiey Shi
My 16 year old brother thought the strategies suggested in this book were very helpful. The biggest hurdle for kids with regards to standardized test is knowing HOW to approach the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karen and Joe Gentry
I thought that this book was incredibly helpful. My SAT preparation materials consisted of this black book and the college board blue book (this book is designed to go hand in hand... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christian Chimezie
daughter from the UK used it and passed the SAT with a 1400 (i think?). she thought it was good. she only studied it for 3-4 weeks.Published 2 months ago by K.Crook
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