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Will Direct Hits help me?/CR Help please?

jkpark8010jkpark8010 Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2010 in SAT Preparation
Hey guys. I live in Asia and SAT books are quite rare around here, I usually order them online.

I consistently get about 2 mistakes at best and 4 mistakes at worst in the Vocab section in CR.

Right now, I have a generally 800 Writing and Math, and CR is the only one I really need to work on. I consistently get 700ish, but am aiming for 750 or higher.

I'm taking in May and June. I'm planning to order the 2 direct hits along with 2 books full of practice tests (Mcgraw-Hill and Princeton, mainly for CR practice) from Amazon, but since I need it ASAP to review, I'm having it on fastest shipping, which costs a ***** all the way here to Asia.

The vocab books I've used before generally include: Kaplan SAT 500, Barron Vocab List (found in the general SAT book), Hack the SAT Vocab List, Kaplan Word Power 750.

I feel quite comfortable in the vocab section but those 1-blank ones with 5 difficult choices usually get me.

For those familiar with DH and maybe a few of the books I've used for vocab (those were the best I could find here), do you think DH will help me? Should I just get'em anyway?

If not, what other ways could I improve my vocab to make it perfect?

Thanks guys
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Replies to: Will Direct Hits help me?/CR Help please?

  • dark knightdark knight Posts: 775. Member
    DH is the best. You should order it from Amazon.com. Do you have the 2nd edition of the College Board Blue book? It is better than the McGraw Hill and PR practice test books.
  • jkpark8010jkpark8010 Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, I use the CB Blue for practice tests, but I need something for CR practice.

    Thanks
  • ATLMOM13ATLMOM13 Posts: 260- Junior Member
    The Direct Hits books will help you because they give examples of how the words are used, which should be helpful since English is not your native language. There are a number of vocabulary based questions in the reading passages such as "the tone of the statement" or "the tone of the two authors" and the answers are words like wry, diffident or magnanimous or "the author's attitude towards... is best described as" and the answer choices are words like ambivalence and skepticism all of which are in the DH books. They are in other books as well, but my boys found that the examples used in the DH books helped them remember better when they got to the test.
  • Jersey13Jersey13 Posts: 4,622Registered User Senior Member
    Direct Hits is probably the most effective book in terms of accuracy in predicting actual test words in comparison to number of words needed to memorize.

    I personally used only DH Vol. I & II when studying CR Vocab and did not miss a sentence completion on both the Jan and March tests.
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