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Just how demoralizing is barron's math ii prep book

MBVLovelessMBVLoveless Registered User Posts: 810 Member
I've been getting 700-760 on 5 practice tests so far...and I'm aiming for an 800 on the real thing. I know that Barron's is much tougher than the real deal, but the problem is not that I can't do the material (i.e. content isn't that hard), but that there simply isn't enough time for me to finish the damn thing, especially because like 2/3 questions require graphing. I always leave like 3-7 questions blank when time's up, so I'm afraid I will run out of time in the real deal as well!

Since I want to gauge my true ability/time management before the real test, what are some more realistic prep books out there? I've got the real collegeboard book (2x past tests) but I'm saving them for the night before the exam. How realistic are Sparknotes and Princeton Review?
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Replies to: Just how demoralizing is barron's math ii prep book

  • shauryaguptashauryagupta - Posts: 320 Member
    Sparknotes - Most realistic

    Princeton Review - Easier

    Barrons - tougher then the real

    McGrawHill - don't know

    Blue Book - don't know

    Kaplan - easier
  • BassGuitarBassGuitar Registered User Posts: 693 Member
    Now if only we could find a way to access the sparknotes tests...
  • HatersGonnaHateHatersGonnaHate Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
    The generally accepted strategy at my hs is to do the entire barrons book followed by the 2 official college board tests. Honestly don't bother with other books, everyone I know who finished barrons got 790-800. I never got an 800 on a barrons test because I couldn't finish in time either, but test day was a walk in the park. tl;dr: barrons book ftw
  • jackdawjackdaw Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    Took M2 back in October and got a 800. You shouldn't worry too much. I never got higher than 760 on the Barron's either, and I was almost always short of time (now couple that with graphing calculator questions...), but trust me, things are way easier on the real test.
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