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Is an SAT test prep book good enough to study?

tahoe23tahoe23 - 115 replies195 threads Member
Im really nervous about the sat because my gpa is good (4.3) but im normally not that good at tests, I end up choking:( go figure.

So anyways, Is a book enough studying material in order to get a good SAT score?
I have the Princeton review book, and I was wondering if it's fine to just study that.

If not, what else should i do?
How did you, or a friend, get a 2000+ score?
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  • cheerioswithmilkcheerioswithmilk 921 replies27 threads Member
    Don't be nervous; approaching the SAT with a positive attitude and not going in predisposed towards failure is a very important step to success on the test (yes I know this sounds a bit cheesy, but it's true).

    In terms of prep, Princeton will be fine to get you started and introduced to the test. However, I would recommend that you buy the Official SAT Study Guide (blue book) made by collegeboard. Since the authors are the same as those that write the test, it is by far the most accurate representation of the test.

    Another archetypal bit of evidence: practice. Practice the heck out of it. This is really the most sure-fire way of doing well on the SAT. It took me over 22 practice tests to get to a 2360.

    Good luck!
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  • uncxrachelxtarheeluncxrachelxtarheel 38 replies6 threads Junior Member
    I'd say get a book with a bunch of practice tests- preferably full length.
    The hardest part of the SAT/ACT isn't the content, it's the length! You can't expect to stay focus for 4 hours unless you practice taking a 4 hour test. It's like running a five mile marathon if you have only practiced running a mile every time that you go out.
    I guess that I am saying that if I were you, I'd find a few books, but go directly to the test section. Take a full length test, don't wait more than the 10 or so minutes between the breaks.
    From there, see what you get wrong when you get worn out and tired, and figure out quick and easy ways to get the correct answer using the books.
    Do it again.
    And again.
    And again.
    So on...
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  • Leisha13Leisha13 - 52 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Take a handful of tests to familiarize yourself.
    That's all you need for a 2000+.

    I took about 3 full tests at home and brought home a mid 2100's score first time around. Really... its not as hard as you think. Not a big deal whatsoever.
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  • SikorskySikorsky 5745 replies106 threads Senior Member
    How much time do you have? It's practically March, so I assume you're a junior, and not a senior just starting to take the SAT now.

    If so, then I'd say you should try it. Get a prep book or two. (Make sure one of them is the blue book from College Board, which contains actual SATs.) Do the prep books, take some practice tests, and see what happens. That was all my daughter needed. If she had not done as well as she'd have liked, then we would have looked into other test prep.
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