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Princeton Review Book vs. The Official SAT Study Guide: Which is better?

x3sillyshannonx3x3sillyshannonx3 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
edited October 2011 in SAT Preparation
I just took my first SAT December 5, and I feel pretty confident about it.
I used the Princeton Review Book to study, and depending on my test results, I might consider buying another review book.
Is the Official SAT Study Guide (collegeboard's "blue book") more helpful than Princeton? Are the practice tests better?
I'd love to hear some insight, especially from people who have studied with both books :)
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Replies to: Princeton Review Book vs. The Official SAT Study Guide: Which is better?

  • dkwunwdkwunw Registered User Posts: 389 Member
    The Official SAT Guide is the only thing you should use in my opinion. You'll get tests closer to the real thing.

    You can use other specific books for vocab practice and hard math questions, but exhaust the official guides resources.
  • silverturtlesilverturtle Registered User Posts: 12,496 Senior Member
    At the moment, no practice is more effective than going through the second edition of the Official SAT Study Guide and reviewing the explanations online.
  • x3sillyshannonx3x3sillyshannonx3 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Thanks guys, I'll probably end up buying it just for the practice tests.
  • musiclover39musiclover39 Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
    hey you guys, i'm using the McGraw-Hill's SAT book. it's not so popular but my dad bought it. I'm using it at the moment; i'm giving my first SAT I in january. The book doesn't seem bad, it has vocab, exercises for each section and practice tests.
    But i'm quite worried. Do you guys think it's a bad idea that i'm using this book?
  • sinflowersinflower Registered User Posts: 462 Member
    only take official book practice tests. they're real tests developed by cb and some were previously administered. the other tests aren't as well done and don't reflect the real SAT so much... especially for CR
  • HONORLIONSHONORLIONS Registered User Posts: 1,582 Senior Member
    Do these books also teach u how to do the types of problems in the SAT? or do they just have the tests alone?
  • HONORLIONSHONORLIONS Registered User Posts: 1,582 Senior Member
  • silverturtlesilverturtle Registered User Posts: 12,496 Senior Member
    The Blue Book also has a review section.

    (There is no need to bump a post one minute later. Wait until the thread has been pushed back onto another page.)
  • HONORLIONSHONORLIONS Registered User Posts: 1,582 Senior Member
    Yeah idk y i just bumped this...
    Is the review section thorough? like is it sufficient to understand it or more of a scratching ur head type thing
  • GupiGupi User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 112 Junior Member
    The blue book has a simple review section. The majority of the book is based on 10 practice tests.

    If you know the format of the sat and the trivial matters, there's really no need for a PR review book.

    Just take practice Tests and check the answers online.
  • RAlec114RAlec114 - Posts: 2,644 Senior Member
    The blue book isn't usually used for its review section. It is used more for its authentic practice tests which really give you a feel for the questions on administered SATs.

    After a certain point, perhaps 1800, it's not useful to look at review sections... instead you should: memorize vocabulary and learn from your mistakes in practice tests.
  • ATLMOM13ATLMOM13 - Posts: 260 Junior Member
    The best way to improve your scores on the SAT is practicing on the material in the Blue Book -3 of the tests are actual SATs. You have a total of 30 critical reading sections, 30 math sections and 20 writing/grammar sections to work on.
  • Colfax13Colfax13 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Do the techniques in the Princeton Review Book work or should I just do the practice tests in the Official study Guide?
  • Fat_NerdFat_Nerd - Posts: 941 Member
    I honestly think Princeton Review is a very reputable source. In fact, because I solved so many difficult Princeton exams, the real thing has become a breeze.

    When you think of a non-CB exam, you have to remember, that these exams cheat their questions from the real exams, but simply make it harder to comprehend, which results in more concentration and focus over time.
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