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Kaplan vs. Barron's vs. Princeton Review

D-YuD-Yu Registered User Posts: 995 Member
Which of these 3 would be better in terms of strategy, vocab, techniques, etc.? I already have a CB blue book. Would appreciate feedback

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Replies to: Kaplan vs. Barron's vs. Princeton Review

  • swameeguntaswameegunta Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    I pulled a 35 on the act and i used a combination of the 3 :) Seriously, however, I Barrons definetely has the hardest tests, followed by PW and Kaplan. Kaplan and PW give a load of tips everywhere throughout the book, but Barrons pretty much teaches the stuff (vocab list for Barrons was pretty nice) So if I were to choose, I would pick Barrons for straight up "teaching" and the other two in terms of strategy and techniques.
  • D-YuD-Yu Registered User Posts: 995 Member
    Awesome. Did you vary which books you used for the SAT and the ACT? Which test did you feel was more to your style? (i didn't want to say "which test was easier")
  • forizzlejdlforizzlejdl Registered User Posts: 565 Member
    i got a 34 on the ACT and used PR and the redbook (The REAL ACT prep guide) as a combination. PR is good for tips...and the practice tests are good too. i didn't read anything out of the redbook. rather, i just took the practice tests.

    and to answer your other question, when i took a practice test for both the ACT and the SAT, i scored about 200-300 points better on the SAT... but i HATED the format of it compared to the ACT. so i persued the ACT and yeap a 34 :)
  • amb3ramb3r Registered User Posts: 1,504 Senior Member
    What strategies do you want to learn? I always thought strategies were last-resort techniques to figure out how to answer questions when you had to make a guess. If you know the material, I don't think you need to learn any strategies.
  • tetrisfantetrisfan Registered User Posts: 11,791 Senior Member
    Oh, I used Kaplan and the red book for the ACT and got a 32. I also used PR fleetingly, though, but the former 2 books constituted my main prep material.
  • RahoulVARahoulVA Registered User Posts: 1,364 Senior Member
    When you're reading Kaplan, you'll be asking yourself, "Do they think I'm stupid?". In my opinion they don't really give the best strategies. I would go with the Barron's How to Prepare for the SAT 2007-2008. That book covers everything and gives you some great tips. Princeton Review is a book to help you learn the cheap ways to get some questions. It was the book that first taught me to plug in your own #s and substitute the answer choices. It's good to read and from what I've heard, they have the closest practice tests.
  • xheartlandxheartland Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Hi. I want to ask...
    Which of the three: Kaplan, Barron's and Princeton Review...is better for AP preparation?
    I'm trying to study AP on my own, since our school only offers IB.
    Any suggestions??!!
    Thanks a lot!
  • ading25ading25 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    Barron's is by far the hardest of the three. If you can do well on Barron's tests, you will do very well on the real test. As for Kaplan and Princeton Review, I think they are about the same, but I have found plenty of mistakes in the Princeton books (missing sections, just blatantly incorrect answers) so I don't really trust them that much :p. If you're taking a subject test though, I feel that Barron's has a lot of unnecessary information.
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