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SAT Blue Book Difficulty Level

candelabracandelabra Registered User Posts: 152 Junior Member
edited December 2011 in SAT Preparation

I'm currently working through the SAT Blue Book as prep for the March 2012 SAT. I'm finding that, for me, a lot of the vocab questions and most passage-based reading questions are pretty easy. But the questions in the test program my school provides are much more difficult. So, my question is, is the SAT Blue Book a good indicator of question difficulty?

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Replies to: SAT Blue Book Difficulty Level

  • philanthropistphilanthropist Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    As an international student, I would say it is. Internationals have different exams, but I think they are the same in difficulty level. I think that writing is always easier on the real exam. Math is almost the same] But I always found cr more difficult on exam. I mean passage-based reading. However, sentence competion questions are as usually much easier. It is just my opinion. Someone may have a different suggestion, and everyone's welcome :)
  • drac313drac313 Registered User Posts: 924 Member
    The blue book is the closest you can get. I found one of the tests, I think #4 or #5 really hard. But other than that it is very "official" since it was made by the people at collegeboard themselves! Use the tests in it sparingly and only take them timed.
  • candelabracandelabra Registered User Posts: 152 Junior Member
    Great, thanks, that's what I was thinking! Any suggestions for other good prep books?
  • philanthropistphilanthropist Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    Barron's and sparknotes, the latter essapecialyis good at grammar...
    If you want to master math, barons 2400 is the best way...
  • delusionalyouthdelusionalyouth Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    the blue book questions are exactly the right difficulty level, since they were used in previous sat exams
  • thecollege1thecollege1 Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
    @candelabra - Like the other posters said, the blue book is really close to the real test. Other books sometimes try to make it harder than the test actually is to over-prepare you, but increasing difficulty can actually be detrimental, especially on Critical Reading where increased difficulty makes it harder on the real test to tell which answers are right. A Good prep book is 11 SATs and 1 PSAT by Princeton Review, but like I said, nothing beats the blue book.
  • fignewtonfignewton Registered User Posts: 1,414 Senior Member
    The first three tests were administered exams, circa 2007. Tests #4-#10 were assembled using questions taken from pre-2005 administered exams. Hard to get closer to the actual test than that. (Except of course with a prep book containing 10 administered exams, which the College Board used to put out, BTW.)
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