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Up Your Score (2011-2012 edition): The Underground Guide to the SAT (Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT)

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ISBN-10: 0761158731
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From the Back Cover

Sooner or later, it's going to happen. You'll walk into a testing hall and face the SAT. With about a million other kids. What's your edge? It's this: Poise, confidence and attitude. Written by five savvy students who aced the test (and who all went on to the college of their choice), Up Your Score is the guerrilla guide to SAT conquest. Combining the best math, critical reading and essay preparation with study and test-taking strategy, Up Your Score goes far beyond traditional test-prep with brilliant insider tips and tricks from kids who've been there, done that. So when you wake up on the big day, you'll be ready to rock.

About the Author

Michael Colton, a Harvard graduate, writes for film and television and most recently the animated Web series “Zoolander: Super Model.”



Paul Rossi is a Cornell graduate.


Manek Mistry graduated from Cornell Law School and is in private practice.


Larry Berger is a Yale graduate and Rhodes Scholar and the president of Amplify Learning.



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Product Details

  • Series: Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761158731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761158738
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,386,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Please note that I have not used the updated 2005-6 version. My review is based on its predecessor, which I used in 1997.

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Up Your Score ("UYS") raised my score roughly 200 points. I took a few practice tests, didn't like my score, so I borrowed the Princeton Review book ("PR") from the library. PR raised my score about 50-100 points total, but I still wasn't happy with the scores I was getting...in the low 1200's.

Then I read UYS. It taught me the way to think about the test, and how to approach it. It gave me confidence in my abilities and helped me comprehend thoroughly elimination strategies, vocabulary memorization tactics, and the general thought processes necessary to get inside the head of the ETS and select the answer they want. It enabled me to control the test, instead of letting it control me.

When answering a question, you read, understand, analyze, process, and respond. UYS helps you become more effective and efficient at each step in that process. (PR does this too, but not as well. I will say this for PR...it fills in the few gaps left by UYS.)

In addition, UYS is so enjoyable to read that everything you read will stick with you. If I could only recommend one book, it would be this one.

What it did not do: teach me math or English skills, or teach me vocabulary. It did not explain what the test is, but rather HOW the test is.

When all was said and done I got 690 verbal, 780 math.

My recommended study schedule:

1. Read the free booklet from the ETS.
2. Take one practice test to get your baseline score. (This is helpful later on to understand your intrinsic strengths/weaknesses and to see your progress, which will further motivate you.)
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If you are reading this review, you don't need this book. You already have what it offers-motivation. If you care enough about the SAT to read reviews of the best practice books, you will do well; trust me. This book is for students who need a push to prepare. While not a bad book for its purpose, it spends too much time motivating, and not enough time teaching. There are relatively few practice exercises, and the answers are too basic for motivated students. Instead, I recommend buying Cracking the New SAT 2005 from the Princeton Review. It has three complete tests, and the main text provides excellent strategies for attacking questions in math, verbal and writing. With time and practice, you will definitely do very well on the SAT.
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Up Your Score is an amazingly fun book to read about the SAT. With that being said, it will barely prepare you for the SAT. Yes, it may make the SAT bearable with funny passages and pop culture references, but beyond that, the book holds no prowess. The only useful think about this book is the Vocabulary Section. The sentences are full of puns so they make the words easier to remember. However, this book has NO practice problems or tests. I would not recommend buying this book solely if you're serious about prepping for the SAT. Although, I do recommend it as a fun read when you're stressed about the ETS/SAT.
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I have been giving a copy of this book to my students with the top midterm and final grades in all of my Biology classes for years. Every year the book gets better, and several of the past students have commented on how they are certain that it contributed to their higher subsequent test scores. How they can pack all of the tips and essentials of the SAT with humor and readability into this small comprehensive work is a testament to both their skill and an obvious understanding of their intended audience.

Arnold Hansen

Roosevelt High School

Los Angeles, Ca
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I read this book during my senior year of high school. Before I read it, I scored 670 math/670 verbal on my first attempt. After reading Up Your Score and working through some practice tests, my score went up to 760 math/750 verbal. This is the best prep money can buy.
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When I took the SAT years ago, this was my favorite study book. Probably because it was the only SAT book I could sit through. It's a fun read, full of humor and personality. A very useful and very well-written book. More than just a collection of practice tests and vocab words. Its now my sister's turn to prepare for the SAT and this is the book I'm getting for her.
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This is the most amazing book for the SAT i've seen so far after simply glancing over the writing section a couple of days before I received a 630 on the sat writing section. After my first sat i really read it through and noticed just how amazing it is. It's a great read, keeps you entertained, and has amazing tips. I can't wait to take the sat test this saturday and impale the evil testing serpent. Pair this book with the college board book and you'll be on your way to success.
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As a high school AVID teacher we ordered a class set of copies for use in our PSAT prep unit (yes, the book is about the 'real' SAT, but the PSAT is a mini-version of the real thing so the information is still valuable).

This edition is improved over previous editions which tried WAY too hard to be "hip" in its writing. An older teacher even went so far as to white-out certain lines in the older book that contained funny-but-borderline-inappropriate tips like "flirt with the teacher." This edition, while still decidedly casual in its overall tone, is an easy read without being too colloquial.

Generally, the book IS successful in its efforts to educate you about the structure and history of the SAT while incorporating a bunch of tips in each chapter. There's a 100-page vocabulary list in the Critical Reading chapter which was great.

What it is NOT is a practice test. It's written from an angle that is more ABOUT how to take the test than giving you an ACTUAL test to take. The writers do include sample questions to illustrate how their tips can help you, but not a lot.

Having more practice questions would've gotten it five stars for my review but I know that "Up Your Score" is NOT a practice-test book. Those are different kinds of books. If you're looking for a practice test, go buy one of the bazillion test books out there.
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