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"What SAT prep book should I get?" SAT book reviews

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  • QuixQuix 630 replies68 threads- Member
    I take that back. The how to prepare for barrons is indeed a decent book, but it fails to give the the interactive experience to the reader. it is simply mediocre because although it does provide a good amount of practice for each subject area, the content for each is somewhat obscure. The explanations aren't as detailed, especially math, as books such as grubers . If you're lacking in a specific subject area, get books that are known to have good review for that subject. if you're well rounded, then get the barrons for a quick review of the concepts. I was thinking about a different book when i went about that tirade. My bad.

    I would suggest getting three different books to study(maximum sat,rocket,grubers) simply because that gives you more material to work with and is less boring. Reading off barrons books is jsut likereading off your high school pre calc work book-its monotonous and obscure.

    Barrons 2400 isn't so bad though, but id recommend using it after you've become proficient in all 3 areas.
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  • hooray_47hooray_47 18 replies0 threads New Member
    I'll second what Quix said about Barron's 2400, though I only used it for math. I used the CB Blue Book for tests and PR for strategy, and though they were fine for like 98% of the math questions on the actual test, I found that Barron's 2400 really helped with the toughest questions--once I already knew the basic strategy and PR and the blue book didn't have enough difficult questions.

    I'd still recommend supplementing Barron's 2400 with a general review book, though.
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  • PBaileyPBailey 623 replies53 threads Member
    Any recommendations on other "2400" books besides Barron's?
    My major problems right now are math and my essay. I have a 2250. CR 800, math 710, writing 740.
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  • sushi_errorsushi_error 144 replies47 threads Junior Member
    I'll be a junior this year and will be taking the SATs in the spring of 2009. Is there any book that is good for all three subjects (i.e. gives you a good overview and prepares you pretty well) or would I have to buy sep. book for each?
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  • lolilaughedlolilaughed 1115 replies15 threads Senior Member
    bumping, keeping the thread alive.
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  • gblob331gblob331 387 replies51 threads Member
    bumped, can this thread be stickied?
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  • onemoretime2onemoretime2 28 replies0 threads New Member
    Direct Hits Vocabulary

    a. Available on Lulu and Amazon
    b. Best for Vocabulary
    c. Two volumes. Volume 1 focuses on Core Words and Volume 2 focuses on the Toughest Words on the SAT. Top performing vocabulary book on the March, May and June SATs. Great selection of words. Amazing examples that are fun to read and easy to remember. Exercises at the end of each chapter and a quick review at the end of each book. Highly recommended.
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  • lolilaughedlolilaughed 1115 replies15 threads Senior Member
    ^ seconded; wish they came out with more reviews though.
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  • PBaileyPBailey 623 replies53 threads Member
    Any recommendations on other "2400" books besides Barron's?
    My major problems right now are math and my essay. I have a 2250. CR 800, math 710, writing 740.
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  • zero060891zero060891 14 replies0 threads New Member
    I have a question: are there any differences between the Math section of old Gruber SAT with the New SAT one?
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  • dark knightdark knight 716 replies59 threads. Member
    Old PSATs
    Available from the College Board Online store.
    Just $3.00 each.
    Great source of real practice questions.
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  • portugueseninjaportugueseninja 1653 replies50 threads Senior Member
    Right, so I've been out of high school for a few years and in my final two yeas of school I didn't study math (it's not mandatory in the UK) so my math skills are a little rusty to say the least. What book would you recommend that will explain to me the concepts that will be featured on the SAT? Or are they mostly for revising what you already learned in class? I think a lot of it will be me learning from scratch and I can't afford a tutor so I want something concise enough to understand but advanced enough to get a decent score.

    Is the CB Official SAT Study Guide a good choice for that?

    Also, can anyone recommend a good book for the French reading subject test?
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  • bsDBer2010bsDBer2010 418 replies31 threads Member
    CB Official SAT Study Guide is a good choice for SAMPLE QUESTIONS since they are made by the same people.

    However, it has very little review for the actual concepts, and I would hardly consider it to be comprehensive. APPARENTLY (i.e. according to CCers), Gruber's has a very good math review section, especially for poorer students or people who are "a little rusty" like yourself. I just got it out of my public library, so I can't say from personal experience.

    Also, for the French subject test, you should post in the Sat Subject Tests forum.
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  • PBaileyPBailey 623 replies53 threads Member
    Gruber's is supposed to be the most comprehensive for math, so that is a good choice. (I'm going to start using it now too, just for math). Another good alternative is any kind of math-specific book, like Barron's math Workbook.
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  • bsDBer2010bsDBer2010 418 replies31 threads Member
    btw how is "UP YOUR SCORE: The Underground Guide to the SAT"
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  • PBaileyPBailey 623 replies53 threads Member
    I've seen posts where CCers say they don't like it, but I personally enjoyed reading it. It has some interesting, more unique strategies for certain aspects of the test (though it doesn't cover as many strategies total compared to some other books), and it is the easiest to get through as it's semi-entertaining. However, the book is kinda short, as it's meant to be an addendum to your prep, and a lot of the pages is made up of a vocab list, which while good, isn't really necessary to score high on CR.
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  • lolilaughedlolilaughed 1115 replies15 threads Senior Member
    ^ bumping this thread.
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  • haydarehaydare 33 replies6 threads Junior Member
    if im aiming for a 2400 (key word being aiming) - would it make sense to use barrons 2400 as a primary study reference
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  • EquilibriumEquilibrium 1157 replies60 threads Senior Member
    Up your Score is hilarious, but isn't very helpful though. However, it gives tons of general advice. (what to do the night before, what to bring, how to be calm)

    Rocket Review was overall the best for writing/reading, and perhaps use Maximum SAT and Grammatix. Barrons 2400 is a nice supplemant.

    Grubers is all you need for math.
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  • desperatechaosdesperatechaos 264 replies15 threads Junior Member
    Anyone know how Hack the SAT: Strategies and Sneaky Shortcuts That Can Raise Your Score Hundreds of Points is?
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