Lebron is Trying His Best to Approach Perfection; You Can Too.

<p>*Before you read this post:
1. I am not saying you have to do all of them.
2. There are people who got a 2400 without 20+ practice tests, I know, but everyone is different.
3. I have many ECs and I still have time to do this; so time-management is not an issue; stop facebook and youtube, that's all you need.</p>

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<p>I can already imagine how many hate posts I will receive.
But I will not give up and contribute to the CC Community, since they helped me so much.</p>

<p>Here is a list of books that I used/using right now.
I suggest this list if you really want something above a 2300 and you have English as your second language.
I learned English about 4-5 years ago, and I am looking forward to a 2400.</p>

<p>Practice Tests:
Practice Tests
1.McGraw-Hill's 12 SAT Practice Tests with PSAT, 2ed (McGraw-Hill's 12 Practice Sats & PSAT)
2.11 Practice Tests for the SAT & PSAT, 2010 Edition (College Test Preparation)
3.Kaplan 12 Practice Tests for the SAT 2010
4.11 Practice Tests for the New SAT and PSAT: With Free Access to Online Score Reports and More SAT Help
5.The New SAT: Big Purple Book of 8 Practice SATs
6.Guerrilla Review for the SAT: 1,001 Practice Questions & Answers <a href="Digital">Download: PDF</a>
7.Sparknotes 10 Practice Tests for the New SAT (Paperback)
8. BlueBook
= 12+11+12+11+8+8+10= 82 practice tests.</p>

<p>Prep Books:
Prep Books
Barron's SAT 2400: Aiming for the Perfect Score- General Tips..
RocketReview- Best for CR
Gruber’s SAT- Best for Math
KlassTutoring Solutions- Best for solutions for Blue Book</p>

<p>= 1+5+1= 7</p>

<p>Individual Sections:
Individual Sections</p>

<p>CR:
Barron's SAT Critical Reading Workbook
Kaplan CR
411 SAT Critical Reading Questions (Paperback)</p>

<p>Math:
Math SAT 800: How To Master the Toughest Problems
Kaplan SAT Math Workbook (Paperback)
Barron's SAT Math Workbook</p>

<p>Writing:
411 SAT Writing Questions (Paperback)
Kaplan SAT Writing Workbook (Paperback)
Barron's SAT Writing Workbook (Barron's Writing Workbook for the New Sat) </p>

<p>About 6 practice tests..</p>

<h1>So: 82+7+6</h1>

<p>.
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95 practice tests.</p>

<p>Then you have testfrenzy.com
so you have exactly 5 more.
I wish you best of luck.</p>

<p>100 Practice tests.</p>

<p>Vocab:
best to worst
Hot Words
direct hits 1 and 2
word smart 1 and 2
freerice.com</p>

<p>I can't comment on the number of practice tests because I didn't learn English as a second language. However, I would definitely recommend Direct Hits as the #1 vocabulary resource and BB practice tests above all other tests.</p>

<p>Jersey13 is correct.
Start with the Blue Book.</p>

<p>You do not have to do ALL of them.</p>

<p>Imagine a pyramid:
Bluebook- easy
Kaplan
PR
then Barron's
now do them backwards (with workbooks)
PR
Kaplan
after that, use some left practice tests from the blue book.</p>

<p>Direct hits, is the best vocab book, not hot words.</p>

<p>only use collegeboard materials. kaplan and pr and others are useless.</p>

<p>The general consensus is to use authentic material. This guy offers a unique approach: massive amounts of practice tests. I don't know if it works (or is worth it :D) but I'm curious to see how it worked for the OP</p>

<p>If I have limited budget (less than $150) to prepare for the SAT, which books should I buy that may help most effectively?</p>

<p>P.S: English is my second language, so maybe more help at CR and Writing.</p>

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The general consensus is to use authentic material. This guy offers a unique approach: massive amounts of practice tests. I don't know if it works (or is worth it ) but I'm curious to see how it worked for the OP

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<p>Yes, I agree. Definitely start with authentic material, but then move up. First to Kaplan, then PReview, then ultimately Barron's. And go down the pyramid, slowly. </p>

<p>In the end, you will be able to solve BB much more quickly, and the other tests are not THAT bad. They still test you the same material, in different format.</p>

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If I have limited budget (less than $150) to prepare for the SAT, which books should I buy that may help most effectively?

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<p>That is a tight budget. Hot words+ Direct Hits, and RocketReview+ BB Practice tests, I would say.</p>

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Direct hits, is the best vocab book, not hot words.

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<p>I liked Hot Words, cluster method.</p>

<p>Direct Hits is also good.</p>

<p>I would say they are both very helpful.</p>

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only use collegeboard materials. kaplan and pr and others are useless.

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I disagree. There are not many Collegeboard Tests in the market.
If you need more practice, you must get more tests.</p>

<p>But I do agree that in the end, Collegeboard tests are the most accurate ones.</p>

<p>I will bump this so that this thread stays fresh.
I hope this thread can help many other ESL students.</p>

<p>You can always buy the actual tests from January, May, and October from College Board
lol</p>

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I disagree. There are not many Collegeboard Tests in the market.

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There are like what? 25+ sets of SAT that are out there, made by ETS. That's not enough? ehhh??
15+ QAS
6 online course
6(?) from BB</p>

<p>There is no need to use other exams.</p>

<p>25 is not enough.
Noitaraperp, who got into harvard, wrote about how to effectively attack the CR sections.
Even for him, he had to take at least 50 practice tests to get a 2400.
Ren- I am assuming you have a 2400?
How did it work out for you?
Thanks =)</p>

<p>No, I don't have a 2400.
but i increased my scores by more than 700, and I used PR/Kaplan prior to BB tests; they don't work, for me at least.</p>