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List of the best review books

rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
edited October 2011 in SAT Subject Tests Preparation
Okay, so I thought I'd start a thread about the best review books for the subject tests, since there are always zillions of threads about this. So, beside the subject, you can write the review book, and use the legend to indicate what's good about the review book (in brackets). Only add a review book if you know that it is good from your own experience.

Legend:

A - Accurate practice tests.
B - Good for learning material you don't know.
C - Easy to read and understand.
D - Not a lot of superfluous material.
E - Teacher recommendation.

English Literature:
U.S. History:
World History:
Mathematics Level 1:
Mathematics Level 2:
Science:
Biology E:
Biology M:
Chemistry:
Physics:
Chinese with Listening:
French:
French with Listening:
German:
German with Listening:
Spanish:
Spanish with Listening:
Modern Hebrew:
Italian:
Latin:
Japanese with Listening:
Korean with Listening:
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  • lordbritish89lordbritish89 80 replies10 threads Junior Member
    U.S. History: Sparknotes Review book w/ 3 Online Tests (A,C,D)
    -Great for last week review and refresh. The online tests correctly predicted my score every time: 790!
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  • sphoenixeesphoenixee 41 replies3 threads Junior Member
    I'm a die hard Barron's fan :)

    Spanish (w and wo listening): Barrons
    Tests decent, slightly different on the actual (more short readings with fewer questions each), but there's TEN practice tests!
    Grammar section is very good, easy to follow/understand.
    Little superfluous material; thin volume especially considering 10 practice tests.

    Physics: Barrons
    Practice tests were somewhat different from the actual, but in general still good preparation.
    Easy to follow/understand, good to learn from (I went from average 12 wrong/omit to 3 in 2 weeks)
    Little superfluous material, however preparation in some parts is on the scarce side. Still, overall very good study aid.
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  • rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
    Alright, so, here's the list with the additions so far.

    English Literature:

    U.S. History:

    - Sparknotes Review Book w/ 3 Online Tests (A,C,D)
    Great for last week review and refresh.

    World History:

    Mathematics Level 1:

    Mathematics Level 2:

    Biology E:


    Biology M:

    Chemistry:


    Physics:

    - Barron's (A, B, C, D)
    Practice tests were somewhat different from the actual, but in general still good preparation. Little superfluous material, however preparation in some parts is on the scarce side.

    Chinese with Listening:

    French:

    French with Listening:

    German:


    German with Listening:

    Spanish:

    - Barron's (A, C, D)
    Slightly inaccurate practice tests, but the fact that there are many of them compensates for this.

    Spanish with Listening:

    - Barron's (A, C, D)
    See comments for Spanish without listening.

    Modern Hebrew:

    Italian:

    Latin:

    Japanese with Listening:

    Korean with Listening:

    I included the comments whenever the legend wouldn't be enough...
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  • Anon_Person_1Anon_Person_1 2377 replies76 threads Senior Member
    I'll add some science to the mix...
    (I don't know how to bold, so I figured it'd be useless to repost the whole list)

    Biology M: Princeton Review-A, C, D (great practice tests-some questions were very similar!)
    Chemistry: Barrons-B, E (practice tests are nothing like it...but a good review of EVERYTHING in high school chem)
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  • rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
    English Literature:

    U.S. History:

    - Sparknotes Review Book w/ 3 Online Tests (A,C,D)
    Great for last week review and refresh.

    World History:

    Mathematics Level 1:

    Mathematics Level 2:

    Biology E:


    Biology M:

    - Princeton Review (B, E)
    The practice tests are nothing like the real thing, but the book is still a good review of EVERYTHING in high school chem.

    Chemistry:

    - Barron's (A, C, D)

    Physics:

    - Barron's (A, B, C, D)
    Practice tests were somewhat different from the actual, but in general still good preparation. Little superfluous material, however preparation in some parts is on the scarce side.

    Chinese with Listening:

    French:

    French with Listening:

    German:

    German with Listening:

    Spanish:


    - Barron's (A, C, D)
    Slightly inaccurate practice tests, but the fact that there are many of them compensates for this.

    Spanish with Listening:

    - Barron's (A, C, D)
    See comments for Spanish without listening.

    Modern Hebrew:

    Italian:

    Latin:

    Japanese with Listening:

    Korean with Listening:


    Thanks for the contributions!! This list is getting better and better!

    Bold: ctrl + B
    Italic: ctrl + I

    When you press those keys, something like this "[ /B]" (or [ /I] for italics) should come up. To bolden text, write "here[ /B]" (there shouldn't be a space between the slash and the bracket).
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  • stanford_dreamerstanford_dreamer 167 replies9 threads Junior Member
    math level 2: barrons
    almost every one uses it and teacher recommends it, even though its COMPLETELY unrealistic. but because its so much harder, it prepares you wonderfully and the real thing is a breeze
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  • b4nnd20b4nnd20 1324 replies22 threads Senior Member
    us history: princeton review AP book was great prep for the SAT II (some identical questions!)
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  • rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
    English Literature:

    U.S. History:


    - Sparknotes Review Book with 3 Online Tests (A,C,D)
    Great for last week review and refresh.
    - Princeton Review (AP version) (G)
    Great prep for the SAT II (some identical questions!)

    World History:

    Mathematics Level 1:

    Mathematics Level 2:


    - Barron's (E)
    Almost everyone uses it and my teacher recommends it, even though it's COMPLETELY unrealistic (because it's a lot harder). But, because it's so much harder, it prepares you wonderfully, and the real thing is a breeze.

    Biology E:

    Biology M:


    - Princeton Review (B, E)
    The practice tests are nothing like the real thing, but the book is still a good review of EVERYTHING in high school chem.

    Chemistry:

    - Barron's (A, C, D)

    Physics:

    - Barron's (A, B, C, D)
    Practice tests were somewhat different from the actual, but in general still good preparation. Little superfluous material, however preparation in some parts is on the scarce side.

    Chinese with Listening:

    French:

    French with Listening:

    German:

    German with Listening:

    Spanish:


    - Barron's (A, C, D, H)
    Slightly inaccurate practice tests, but the fact that there are many of them compensates for this.

    Spanish with Listening:

    - Barron's (A, C, D)
    See comments for Spanish without listening.

    Modern Hebrew:

    Italian:

    Latin:

    Japanese with Listening:

    Korean with Listening:


    NEW LEGEND

    A - Accurate practice tests.
    B - Good for learning material you don't know.
    C - Easy to read and understand.
    D - Not a lot of superfluous material.
    E - Teacher recommendation.
    F - Slightly harder than the real thing
    G - Good practice questions (outside of the practice tests)
    H - A lot of practice tests (more than 4)


    When you make a recommendation, make sure to include the legend, because I haven't had experience with most of the books you mention, so I can't accurately do it myself. From now on, if you do not include a legend, your recommendation simply will not be included in the list.
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  • JG863JG863 150 replies19 threads Junior Member
    The Best Books Are Those You Can Get At The Public Library.
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  • rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
    I'll make sure to add that to the list.
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  • ny10804ny10804 232 replies17 threads Junior Member
    The Best Way To Type Is To Not Use Capitals For Every Word. oops
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  • highhopes89highhopes89 38 replies19 threads Junior Member
    can we continue this list please =D
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  • ny10804ny10804 232 replies17 threads Junior Member
    English Literature:

    U.S. History:

    - Sparknotes Review Book with 3 Online Tests (A,C,D)
    Great for last week review and refresh.
    - Princeton Review (AP version) (G)
    Great prep for the SAT II (some identical questions!)
    - Kaplan US History (A,B,C,D,G)
    Read it cover to cover a week before the exam and felt really prepared. It really helps for stuff you didn't cover in class. I wouldn't have gotten a 790 without it.

    World History:

    Mathematics Level 1:

    Mathematics Level 2:

    - Barron's (E)
    Almost everyone uses it and my teacher recommends it, even though it's COMPLETELY unrealistic (because it's a lot harder). But, because it's so much harder, it prepares you wonderfully, and the real thing is a breeze.

    Biology E:

    Biology M:

    - Princeton Review (B, E)
    The practice tests are nothing like the real thing, but the book is still a good review of EVERYTHING in high school chem.

    Chemistry:

    - Barron's (A, C, D)

    Physics:

    - Barron's (A, B, C, D)
    Practice tests were somewhat different from the actual, but in general still good preparation. Little superfluous material, however preparation in some parts is on the scarce side.

    Chinese with Listening:

    French:

    French with Listening:

    German:

    German with Listening:

    Spanish:

    - Barron's (A, C, D, H)
    Slightly inaccurate practice tests, but the fact that there are many of them compensates for this.

    Spanish with Listening:

    - Barron's (A, C, D)
    See comments for Spanish without listening.

    Modern Hebrew:

    Italian:

    Latin:

    Japanese with Listening:

    Korean with Listening:

    NEW LEGEND

    A - Accurate practice tests.
    B - Good for learning material you don't know.
    C - Easy to read and understand.
    D - Not a lot of superfluous material.
    E - Teacher recommendation.
    F - Slightly harder than the real thing
    G - Good practice questions (outside of the practice tests)
    H - A lot of practice tests (more than 4)

    When you make a recommendation, make sure to include the legend, because I haven't had experience with most of the books you mention, so I can't accurately do it myself. From now on, if you do not include a legend, your recommendation simply will not be included in the list.
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  • hiimjunebughiimjunebug 16 replies1 threads New Member
    has anyone used REA books for Bio/US Hist or Princeton Review for lit? know if they're any good?
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  • aa6590aa6590 745 replies38 threads Member
    REA BLOWSSS for bio
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  • rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
    Help this thread and tell us what doesn't BLOW for bio.
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  • spiffystarsspiffystars 1034 replies45 threads Senior Member
    Can people please post their scores along WITH their recs? Thanks :]
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  • rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
    Yes, that's a good idea. I've added the scores for the people who wrote them when they were making a rec. For all the people who made previous recs without scores, post them along with the rec you made.

    English Literature:

    U.S. History:


    - Sparknotes Review Book with 3 Online Tests (A,C,D)
    Great for last week review and refresh.
    Recommender's score: 790.
    - Princeton Review (AP version) (G)
    Great prep for the SAT II (some identical questions!)
    - Kaplan US History (A,B,C,D,G)
    Read it cover to cover a week before the exam and felt really prepared. It really helps for stuff you didn't cover in class.
    Recommender's score: 790.

    World History:

    Mathematics Level 1:

    Mathematics Level 2:


    - Barron's (E)
    Almost everyone uses it and my teacher recommends it, even though it's COMPLETELY unrealistic (because it's a lot harder). But, because it's so much harder, it prepares you wonderfully, and the real thing is a breeze.

    Biology E:

    Biology M:


    - Princeton Review (B, E)
    The practice tests are nothing like the real thing, but the book is still a good review of EVERYTHING in high school chem.

    Chemistry:

    - Barron's (A, C, D)

    Physics:

    - Barron's (A, B, C, D)
    Practice tests were somewhat different from the actual, but in general still good preparation. Little superfluous material, however preparation in some parts is on the scarce side.

    Chinese with Listening:

    French:

    French with Listening:

    German:

    German with Listening:

    Spanish:


    - Barron's (A, C, D, H)
    Slightly inaccurate practice tests, but the fact that there are many of them compensates for this.

    Spanish with Listening:

    - Barron's (A, C, D)
    See comments for Spanish without listening.

    Modern Hebrew:

    Italian:

    Latin:

    Japanese with Listening:

    Korean with Listening:


    LEGEND

    A - Accurate practice tests.
    B - Good for learning material you don't know.
    C - Easy to read and understand.
    D - Not a lot of superfluous material.
    E - Teacher recommendation.
    F - Slightly harder than the real thing
    G - Good practice questions (outside of the practice tests)
    H - A lot of practice tests (more than 4)
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  • ekirthekirth 38 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Chemistry--Barron's (A,C)--pretty comprehensive review, some extra stuff, but it wasn't too bad. (800)

    Biology (M)--Princeton Review (A,C)--again, pretty nice review. I'd actually disagree with the other person who reviewed this, as some of the actual test questions for me were like carbon-copies of the PR ones...but I took this in May '06 so it might have changed since then. (800)
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  • rockermcrrockermcr 14567 replies103 threads Senior Member
    LEGEND

    A - Accurate practice tests.
    B - Good for learning material you don't know.
    C - Easy to read and understand.
    D - Not a lot of superfluous material.
    E - Teacher recommendation.
    F - Slightly harder than the real thing
    G - Good practice questions (outside of the practice tests)
    H - A lot of practice tests (more than 4)


    English Literature:

    U.S. History:


    - Sparknotes Review Book with 3 Online Tests (A,C,D)
    Great for last week review and refresh.
    Recommender's score: 790.
    - Princeton Review (AP version) (G)
    Great prep for the SAT II (some identical questions!)
    - Kaplan (A,B,C,D,G)
    Read it cover to cover a week before the exam and felt really prepared. It really helps for stuff you didn't cover in class.
    Recommender's score: 790.

    World History:

    Mathematics Level 1:

    Mathematics Level 2:


    - Barron's (E)
    Almost everyone uses it and my teacher recommends it, even though it's COMPLETELY unrealistic (because it's a lot harder). But, because it's so much harder, it prepares you wonderfully, and the real thing is a breeze.

    Biology E:

    Biology M:


    - Princeton Review (B, E), Rec 2: (A, C)
    1 and 2: Extremely good practice tests.
    Recommender 2's score: 800.

    Chemistry:

    - Barron's (A, C, D), Rec 2: (A, C)
    1: The practice tests are nothing like the real thing, but the book is still a good review of EVERYTHING in high school chem.
    2: Some extra information, but not too much.
    Recommender's score: 800.

    Physics:

    - Barron's (A, B, C, D)
    Practice tests were somewhat different from the actual, but in general still good preparation. Little superfluous material, however preparation in some parts is on the scarce side.

    Chinese with Listening:

    French:

    French with Listening:

    German:


    German with Listening:

    Spanish:


    - Barron's (A, C, D, H)
    Slightly inaccurate practice tests, but the fact that there are many of them compensates for this.

    Spanish with Listening:

    - Barron's (A, C, D)
    See comments for Spanish without listening.

    Modern Hebrew:

    Italian:

    Latin:

    Japanese with Listening:


    Korean with Listening:

    ekirth: I just realized that the comment I put for Bio was meant to be put in Chem. In fact, the rec was supposed to say that the practice tests were very good.
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