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Errors in Kaplan and Princeton Review SAT practice tests book?

ccf183ccf183 Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
edited November 2012 in SAT Preparation
Hi everyone,

At my house, there are two SAT practice test books just lying around. They are:

Kaplan 2007 12 Practice Tests for the SAT
Princeton Review 2011 11 Practice Tests for the SAT and PSAT

I have heard that there are a lot of errors in these books.

In addition to the CB blue book, I'm going to be using these books above ^ as extra practice. Can anyone tell me the magnitude to which the errors are present? I just want some extra practice. Also does anyone have a link or anything like that that has found every error in these books and corrected it?

Thanks all!
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Replies to: Errors in Kaplan and Princeton Review SAT practice tests book?

  • JuanitaRebelJuanitaRebel Registered User Posts: 337 Member
    I can attest to at least 3-4 errors in the Kaplan book in the writing section.
  • gomdorrigomdorri Registered User Posts: 721 Member
    Yes I have found errors as well. Since I've only taken one test from Kaplan's, I can't speak for that, but there are errors, though not many (it's not like every other question has an error). Not quite sure where there are corrections though, sorry.
  • eswara20eswara20 Registered User Posts: 220 Junior Member
    well on the 11 practice tests- theres a list of answers and then the answers and explanations. the answer list is mostly wrong. but the answers along with the explanations are right. At first i was shocked to get like 10 wrong per section but then i realized. I can't believe that PR spends money into an uglier looking cover for 2012 but hasn't corrected the answers.
  • lpt1995lpt1995 Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    Kaplan: realistic CR sections, VERY BAD Writing sections (believing the book's answers and explanations may harm your writing score, really)
    PR: bad CR, the rest is acceptable
    You can use those books for more practice, though. Just don't bother the scores they indicate
  • ccf183ccf183 Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    If your scores go up in *only* the Kaplan book or *only* the PR book, you do know that you are improving?

    For example, if you scroe 1980 on Kaplan Test 1 but 2280 on Test 12, obviously you did improve some.
  • VictoriaB1VictoriaB1 Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    I completely agree! I mean I never tried Kaplan but PR Reading Sections are just bogus. There is a reason their explanations are so ambiguous, because most of the answers don't make any sense! I will sit and say "How the heck is that the answer?!". And then I get 720-760 CR in the BB.
    I think doing PR Reading will not only hurt your score but drive you crazy! I was ready to cry when one test I got 760 and then the next day got 630.
    I would order the Collegeboard book if I were you. They are the people who make the test thus it will be a more accurate indicator of your score on the real test.
    From what I have heard people's score on the actual SATs vary +/-50 from what they get on practice tests in the BB.
    Good luck!
  • tomatox1tomatox1 Registered User Posts: 911 Member
    What test did you take eswara? O_o
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