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on November 30, 2009
As one of the vocabulary workbooks that I used in high school, I pretty much had no choice but to become familiar with this book. However, I enjoyed using this one very much. It contains a nice mix of everyday words, familiar words that one might already know (but might not be too sure of the definition) and words that one may not know but would find useful. It also contains roots, prefixes, and suffixes with explanations and examples. And, as with any vocabulary book, there are exercises to build skills with each of these. Following the vocabulary and roots/prefixes/suffixes exercises are SAT-prep exercises, which include writing prompts, comparing articles, simple analysis of texts, and grammar exercises. These are all pretty helpful and build skills pretty well.

One problem I've found, however, is the sample sentences, paragraphs, and prompts for the vocabulary words. The author of this book must have been either clinically depressed or disturbed, because some of these things are extremely pessimistic, depressing, and (at times) sadistic. Examples include paragraphs about a masochistic, sadistic criminal (as well as the tale of a man's peccadillo); a criticism of an elitist fop who feels that everyone but himself is wrong; a man dying of thirst and starvation in the desert; a single mother who is in a worse situation than Tommy and Gina, about to get evicted from her apartment after losing her job; an essay on how technology is the root of all evil; a woman who isn't at all moved by the death of her husband and immediately turns her affections to his brother; and a man living a bleak, depressing life working in an office (which may be very telling). As you can tell, the characters all live very happy existences. Honestly, I do not believe the author believes life to be anything but pain, sadness, and meaninglessness. I kept waiting for a paragraph glorifying Count Rugen.

However, after each of these paragraphs (fill-ins) is 15 sentence prompts, one for each vocabulary word. I had fun making up witty sentences and trying to match the author's sadism and depression. So that makes up for the star this would've lost.

All-in-all, it's a great book to use for SAT prep or even just learning new words. Now I'm going to find the author and give him a hug. He really seems to need one.
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on August 17, 2017
It helps a lot in studying
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on August 18, 2017
Great Product!
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on July 31, 2017
very helpful
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on August 28, 2012
The print version is very dull and daunting for most HS students, but this digital version is swift and intuitively fun. I can breeze through and flip (actually glide) through pages while doing the exercises. Plus the Kindle has a built in dictionary, so I actually don't need to flip back to the beginning of each lesson while doing exercises. The exercises are easy and fun. If they compiled the entire dictionary into this format, I would get more of these Vocab Power Plus books!

The price could be $2-3 cheaper though because it costs the publishers no overhead to copy these.
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on October 11, 2016
Good practice for inferencing and using prefixes and suffixes. Too bad that it doesn't come with an answer key - some of the questions offer more than one valid answer. Also, needs proofreading.
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on July 21, 2014
Dear Mr. Reed,

I bought two books: Vocabulary Power Plus for the New SAT, Book II and III for my son. They are great! However, we can't find the answers. Could you please tell me where are the answers or where to buy? It's grateful if you kindly send them to us and I'd like to pay for it. Appreciate!

Best regards,

Susan Liu
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on February 14, 2017
Arrived on time and as described
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on May 2, 2013
It helped my daughter a lot. Her grades improved. She gained more confidence in her compositions, like essays and reports..
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on October 12, 2015
I got is for android os but own i-phone after one month now. Product was excellent but useless for me now.
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