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Dr. Chung's Sat Math Prep

SnappySnappy Posts: 152Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2012 in SAT Preparation
I'm seeing that a lot of people stand by this product here in CC, but I suspect, though I admit have no actual way of knowing, that all of the positive reviews of it on amazon are those of his students. I'm a rising junior and need to work on my math SAT scores, so I'm just looking for a consolidated opinion on the effectiveness of this book before I shell out 28 bucks for it. Thanks in advance.
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Replies to: Dr. Chung's Sat Math Prep

  • StudiousMaximusStudiousMaximus Posts: 3,043Registered User Senior Member
    It's a really great book, with fantastic tips. It does a good job of simplifying even the most difficult problems to a point where you can solve them in <30 seconds. Furthermore, the 20 practice tests in the second half of the book are an invaluable resource for anyone aspiring to achieve an 800.

    All in all, Dr. Chung's has been the best SAT math prep book that I've ever used.
  • braniacbraniac Posts: 404Registered User Member
    I agree with the above. Even if you dont feel like you get anything out of the tips, the 20 practice tests are a great resource.
  • HossainHossain Posts: 292Registered User Junior Member
    I was wondering about this too but ehhh idk. Just all of sudden people started to talk about it you know, still seems sketchy to me
  • StudiousMaximusStudiousMaximus Posts: 3,043Registered User Senior Member
    ^It seems as though your skepticism could hold you back. If you continue to doubt the validity of this book (and other great resources), you won't be able to benefit from it.

    Take my word for it: It's a phenomenal book that will increase your score if you work hard.
  • HossainHossain Posts: 292Registered User Junior Member
    Alright alright, cuz i really need a math workbook. So is it available in barnes and noble?
  • HossainHossain Posts: 292Registered User Junior Member
    And how many pages is the book? Is it thick? I got two months left so idk if I will be able to go through all of it in time? Would I be able to?
  • xiggixiggi Posts: 22,485Registered User Senior Member
    Take my word for it: It's a phenomenal book that will increase your score if you work hard.

    StudiousMaximus, could you share how long you have owned this book, and how much you have used it? What are your comparison points?

    From your previous posts, you seem to have purchased it less than two weeks ago. The very few examples discussed in this forum indicate that the explanations are vague and the book marred by typos. The tests, as most in the genre, are probably ranging from mediocre to worthless.
  • jd989898jd989898 Posts: 844Registered User Member
    Great content as far as the actual MATH goes, although the book is full of poor explanations that will confuse almost anyone who doesn't understand a problem at first.
  • StudiousMaximusStudiousMaximus Posts: 3,043Registered User Senior Member
    @Hossain: I think it's 600+ pages. You can check Amazon to verify.

    @xiggi: Although I've only had it for a short time, I've already been through most of it. After going through most of the tips, I went back to around 5 of my previous tests to see if I could solve the problems I'd missed earlier. So far, I've been able to solve almost every one (all but one) of those previously missed problems with the skills this book has equipped me with. While it's not perfect, it's certainly seems to be a valuable resource judging from my improved problem solving ability.

    I didn't mention the errors present in the book because they haven't hindered my ability to comprehend the problems and explanations. I definitely can see why they could confuse some people, though.

    I understand that you are skeptical regarding my strong advocacy for the book after just a few weeks with it. Honestly, the tips have really helped to clarify and simplify the SAT Math section for me. Others might not feel the same way, but it's definitely aided me so much already.

    I'll update you with my math score after the SAT I take in the spring. My last score was a 690, and I'm hoping to improve to a 750+.

    Xiggi, have you used the book? If not, you shouldn't be so quick to assume that the tests are 'mediocre to worthless'.

    PS: The book contains the 'Xiggi Equation' haha ((2*speed1*speed2)/(speed 1 + speed 2)).
  • SnappySnappy Posts: 152Registered User Junior Member
    Can we get a third opinion, anyone?
  • nothingtonothingto Posts: 1,346Registered User Senior Member
    Got it off Amazon. Now it's delivered. I was skeptical about this book because of the positive reviews ALL BY CHINESE/ASIAN people... Also the fact that it only came a little while ago in CC...

    I just got it, so I will write a review on Amazon (the TRUTHFUL review) and also here.







    Anyone who has this book, can anyone show me the typos, or ways to use this book?

    I also have the blue book, so I can see my improvements.
  • HossainHossain Posts: 292Registered User Junior Member
    alright! finally!! can u post back on this thread when you post ur review on amazon i gotta read it
  • xiggixiggi Posts: 22,485Registered User Senior Member
    Xiggi, have you used the book? If not, you shouldn't be so quick to assume that the tests are 'mediocre to worthless'.

    I have indeed checked the book, and it is one of the very rare books I have returned.

    Is it a horrible purchase at 28 dollars? No, it is not. But the same can be said about dozens of books. At about fifty cents a tip, it is not unreasonably expensive. If it helps someone to understand two or three concepts, that is worth the 28 dollars. What are the 20 tests worth? Simply stated ... less than nothing as those tests should be ignored.

    Is this book better than most? Absolutely NOT. It is just one more example of a book that misses the mark by a fair margin by introducing tons of confusing elements.

    Would I recommend it to anyone? Nope! There are enough "real" and "truthful" recommendations on Amazon.
  • warlands719warlands719 Posts: 499Registered User Member
    Xiggi would u recommend Grubers to someone scoring low 600s? Btw ur name sounds awfully familiar lol
  • nothingtonothingto Posts: 1,346Registered User Senior Member
    This book wasn't cheap... $30 dollars (with tax)... I am a low income student, so that was a steep price. I won't be buying too much stuff now since I got this. I hope it pays off.
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