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Which Vocab Book/List Performed Best on the Nov 08 SAT?

dark knightdark knight 716 replies59 threads. Member
edited May 2013 in SAT Preparation
Thanks to the excellent compilation by stephan520 (See Nov 2008 SAT CR Post 359) we now have a strong consensus on the key vocabulary words on the Nov 08 SAT. By my count there were 22 key words. Here they are:

Metaphor, disparity, zealous, ameliorate, copious, acerbic, solicitous, discriminating, loquacious, antediluvian, unsavory, discern, provisional, virtuosity, preclude, chicanery, paradox, anecdote, skepticism, nuance, personification, and ironic.

So how did the best known vocabulary books/lists perform? Here are the results:

1. Direct Hits Vocabulary: 365 words - 12 Hits = 30.4 words per hit
2. Barron's Hot Words: 396 words - 11 Hits = 36 words per hit
3. TestMasters: 254 words: 6 Hits = 42.3 words per hit
4. Rocket Review Core Words: 323 words - 6 hits = 53.8 words per hit
5. Princeton Review Hit Parade: 254 words - 4 hits = 63.5 words per hit
6. SparkNotes 1000: 1000 words:11 hits = 90.9 words per hit
7. Word Smart: 1505 words: 16 hits = 94 words per hit
8. Kaplan's Score Raising Dictionary: 1000 words - 6 hits = 166.6 words per hit
9. Kaplan's Basic SAT Book: 500 words - 3 hits = 166.6 words per hit
10 Gruber's 3400 Word List: 3,400 words - 20 hits = 170 words per hit
11 Barron's 3500 Word Mini-Dictionary: 3,500 words - 20 hits = 175 words per hit
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  • FlibbFlibb 1005 replies39 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Is the direct hits person one of the test makers or what?

    Direct Hits also aced the International SAT!
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  • dark knightdark knight 716 replies59 threads. Member
    Thoughts and Conclusions:

    1. Direct Hits held its position as the top performing SAT vocabulary book.
    2. Test takers who followed my long-standing advice by studying Princeton Review,
    Rocket Review and Direct Hits would have done very well. With approximately
    500 words these three sources produced 16 hits or one hit per 31.2 words. This remains the most efficient way to study vocabulary for an SAT.
    3. As I have noted, it is also extremely useful to study the CC compilations. Amazingly, NUANCE has appeared as an answer on the June 08, October 08, and now November 08 SATs. I missed it in June but got it right in October and November. Couldn't believe it was a key word in a sentence completion and the right answer to a critical reading on the November SAT. Thnx ETS! LOL!!
    4. Barron's and Gruber's lists do produce hits. But they also contain a huge number of words to memorize. Interestingly, Barron's missed acerbic and personification and Gruber's missed acerbic and solicitous. So even with 3,500 nobody is perfect.
    5. SparkNotes online list of 1,000 words performed well as did Princeton Review's Word Smart.
    6. Kaplan's continues to be awful. Just three hits out of 500 words. They have yet to produce more than 4 hits on any SAT.
    7. Did anyone else notice that Wrongdoing..chicanery had actually appeared on the January 07 SAT? Amazing. This was a released test which means plenty of people, including me, had copies. Thank you again ETS.
    8. If Stephan520's consensus list is correct I am headed for a possible 800. In October I missed a number of close questions. But not this time. Things seem to have really broken my way. Can't wait for the election on Tuesday and the SAT results in two weeks. I will be up at 5:00 AM guaranteed.
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  • FlibbFlibb 1005 replies39 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Good Luck!!
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  • UnoriginalUnoriginal 825 replies102 threadsRegistered User Member
    When people say Direct Hits, do they mean both volumes 1 & 2 or just volume 1?
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  • diligency92diligency92 214 replies59 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    can you do the analysis for the SN 250 word list?
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  • hopefullygoodhopefullygood 45 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I used DH (both volumes) plus RR and did great. Oh yes, I also studied (and helped create) the CC threads. A very big help. Tuesday night is going to be exciting and then I'll begin the countdown to the SAT scores.
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  • pandagur 1pandagur 1 26 replies0 threads- New Member
    Thnx DK - I am very excited about my CR score. The combination of DH + RR + CC worked like a charm. Can't wait for the scores to be posted.
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  • diligency92diligency92 214 replies59 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    ^^ which CC threads are you referring to?
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  • dark knightdark knight 716 replies59 threads. Member
    The ones devoted to specific tests - November 08 SAT; October 08 SAT etc
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  • FlibbFlibb 1005 replies39 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Which PR did you recommend? 08 edition or 07 edition. They differ greatly...
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  • XcelleratorXcellerator 1672 replies6 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    The PR sucked (09 edition).
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  • FlibbFlibb 1005 replies39 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    More than half of PR 07 is RR...and I hate PR 08
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  • dark knightdark knight 716 replies59 threads. Member
    I used the Hit Parade in the 08 edition of Princeton Review.
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  • ElvyElvy 266 replies18 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    i also used PR 08. do they differ???
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  • meadow36meadow36 5494 replies126 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^not really.
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  • lovetotextlovetotext 57 replies3 threads- Junior Member
    DH came thru on this year's PSAT and now I am hoping it will come thru for me on the January 09 SAT.
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  • rr4liferr4life 23 replies4 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Thank for this great list!

    Is this the princeton review hite parade you recommend?
    http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/entry/offers/partnerPromotions.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&productID=BK_PRRE_000011
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  • dark knightdark knight 716 replies59 threads. Member
    ^I recommend Direct Hits Vocabulary. It is clearly the top performing vocab book. Flibb (post 2 above) is right. I have been looking at the posts for the International test. DH really aced it. And I just looked at the thread for today Sunday SAT. Some CCers are beginning to report lots of hits for DH. I do recommend that you consider supplementing DH with the PR Hit Parade and the Rocket Review Core Words. That is what I did and it worked.
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  • hitseekerhitseeker 30 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Just want to say that Direct Hits aced the Sunday SAT. Im so glad I saw it discussed on CC.
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  • ElvyElvy 266 replies18 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    the index of the book is no longer available on amazon((((( now i have no idea which volume to order(( damn(
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