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SAT Prep Black Book - 2015 Edition: The Most Effective SAT Strategies Ever Published Paperback – March 14, 2013
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About the Author
Mike Barrett has been helping people do better on standardized tests since he was in high school. In college, he worked briefly for Kaplan but left when it became clear to him that the Kaplan method was irreconcilably different from the way he naturally thought about the test. A few months after Mike graduated from college with a degree in linguistics, his younger brothers needed help with the SAT, so he taught them his approach to the test. Word of their success spread throughout their high school, and Mike was soon offering informal SAT tutoring to a few dozen of his brothers' friends. One of those students recommended to Mike that he set up his own SAT preparation company. He thought about that for a couple of weeks and decided to pursue it. Since then, Mike has used a variety of channels to help tens of thousands of students with the SAT, PSAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, ISEE, and SSAT. He regularly travels to work with students all across the United States, and consults with students all over the world through Skype. He speaks at live events as well, and is available for booking. Mike's SAT strategies are so different from the traditional approach because he analyzes standardized tests from the ground up, rather than simply assuming that they cover the material they claim to cover. In other words, most SAT tutors and courses teach the same math, reading, and writing skills that you learn in high school, because they take the College Board's word then it claims that the SAT is a test of college readiness. But Mike has looked carefully at large numbers of real SAT questions, and has determined that they have almost no similarity at all to the kinds of questions that teachers ask in school. According to Mike, SAT questions rely on very basic concepts but present them in very strange ways. So students who want to improve their test scores shouldn't waste time re-learning what they've already learned in school - instead, they should learn how the SAT actually works, so they can take their existing knowledge and leverage it into a higher score. And this is exactly what Mike teaches you to do in the SAT Prep Black Book. If you want to understand how the SAT actually works, you need to read this book.
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Generally good but I disagree strongly with some of the advice. I agree with the comments in Gregory Bravo's review.
I'm a tutor and I bought this book to see what he has to say about reading comprehension. It's good. I agree with his analysis of "how" the College Board designs the SAT. As a result I have also changed my tuition approach to RC in the GMAT and GRE. There are no "inference" questions! They might be called by that name, but inferring is the last thing you should do.
Rather than come up with his own questions, the author has chosen to analyse actual SAT questions from the Official Guide. Nothing wrong with that; I would use the same approach if I were to write an SAT tutorial. This allows the book to be less huge but it does mean you need to buy two books. The Guide, anyway, is pretty much essential since it has the all-important practice tests.
Regarding Gregory Bravo's criticisms: I am in complete agreement. Vocabulary IS important; not only for the SAT but also for the iBTOEFL. There quite simply is no reliable way to answer sentence completion questions if you have no idea what the words mean. Likewise, I believe that ALL the necessary math formulae should be memorised.
Overall, the SAT PREP Black Book is strong on verbal technique, but relatively weak on the math section. I didn't find any great insights into math problems.
For me, this book was worth buying because of the new approach to reading comprehension.
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