[size=+1]What SAT review book should I get?: THE ANSWER THREAD![/size]
Due to the large number of threads asking the same question, I am making this thread in hopes to consolidate general opinions on the most common review books. I am not ridiculously qualified to lend my opinion, but I have used these books and researched them a lot through the search function.
The Official SAT Study Guide
(aka The Blue Book)
The Rocket Review Revolution
- Published by the College Board, $11.97, 889 pages
- Best for: Practice tests
- This guide is the master of all SAT books. It contains 8 official practice tests, which are invaluable if you want to pick apart the SAT. Nothing can give you a more accurate estimation of your real SAT score than an official test.
The "review" sections are very generic, but still offer additional practice problems from the test makers. Use this book to familarize yourself with the SAT and predict your real SAT score.
- By Adam Robinson, $19.77, 736 pages plus access to website
- Best for: Critical reading & writing
- This guide has a very thorough list of the 14 grammatical rules most often tested in the MC. Each rule is explained and demonstrated through a few examples. The essay section also gives a general formula that is useful, and suggests some of the common strategies (prepare examples ahead of time, use history/literature over personal experience). The list of 323 core words has consistently ranked in the top 3 in analysis of hits/words (search for dark knight's thread for more info). Also has some of the common strategies contained in most other books. The list is really useful. The math is not as great as the other two sections, but the Hall of Fame problems are very helpful.
- The website has not been updated for years, and there are no new editions of the books. The website contains OmniProctor, a simulated online proctor, and an automatic essay grader that is not accurate.
Gruber's Complete SAT Guide 2009
- By Grammatix.com, $49.95, 193 pages
- Best for: Critical reading
- The essay portion provides a very systematic formula. The grammar section is not as thorough as Rocket Review. A different approach to passage based reading questions than most books, many CCers have had success with this method. The sentence completion sentence is supposed to be very good. The same generic math review provided in every review book.
PLEASE POST YOUR REVIEWS
- By Gary Gruber, $13.57, 1100 pages
- Best for: Math
- The must have book for math. Contains the most complete review. Also provides new strategies and thoroughly explains each concept. I highly recommend it if you suck at math like me.
The above are the only books I have experience with, so I will leave the reviews of Barrons, Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc. up to you guys. Please give a review of the book pertaining to each section of the SAT and something more substantial than "it rocks". Hopefully we can consolidate helpful reviews here to stop "what book should I get?" threads.
If you want to use my format:
- By (author), [url=http://www.(booksite).com] ($$0.00)[/url],() pages
- Best for: ()
- (your review)