SAT prep books

1) Post which SAT prep books you used (don't post if you didn't)
2) What you made
3) Tips with the books
4) Tips in general</p>

<p>Thanks! :-D</p>

<p>1) College Board's "The Official SAT Study Guide for the New SAT", Princeton Review's "11 Practice Tests for the New SAT", and that's basically it.
2) What I made? You mean what I scored? If that's the case, 2110. I did happen to MAKE the badminton team around that time. :)
3) Well, for CB's book, it basically gives you an idea of what type of SAT problems to expect, and can be used to approximately get an idea of what you might score. As for PR's book, I found it helpful because it had explanations (while CB's book did not) and it also provided 10 practice New SAT tests in addition to 1 practice PSAT test. Look over the explanations in PR's book after you have completed the problems to a certain section or test. Personally, I didn't have much time/interest to take a full test, so I did a few sections per week or day. That might have been a mistake, as I had later ran out of energy on the day of the actual SAT and forgot how fatiguing a 10-section SAT can be. The explanations are helpful are all sections, but especially for writing.
4) I would say that vocab for sentence completions is still important, although a lot of people write it off as minor. I had actually found a *********** vocab list online and studied off of it. Let me tell you that if it wasn't for their list (it was an old one for the January Old SAT, I believe), then I would not have scored 700 on critical reading. I probably would have scored closer to 640. Anyhow, I would recommended studying off of that list, but they took the site down, and I unfortunately lost my copy of it. Rest up well for the SAT, and please, don't be too anxious. Don't get overwhelmed, but keep your mind busy and focused on the SAT. When writing the essay, keep writing. Have an essay structure in mind, as well as what I'd like to consider "universal" examples. Some essay examples can actually fit most essay topics. For math, do the easier questions first. If you stumble upon a tough question, move on and try to find an easier question. Trust me... that's probably the reason why I scored a 690 on math instead of 700+. For critical reading, it was pretty much luck for me. I don't know how I'd explain how to score well on the critical reading section. Perhaps you could ask other CC'ers, as most of them easily score above 700 in that section. Well, good luck to you!</p>

<p>BUMP...please help! I wanna buy a book soon. :-D Thanks in advance!</p>

<li><p>I used CollegeBoard's Official SAT Study Guide For the New SAT for my practice problems and I took a worthless Princeton Review course for my strategy, though everything I learned there was common sense and it was by all means a waste of $1,000.</p></li>
<li><p>I made a 2100 with the worthless course and about 6 hours of after-school studying/test-taking with a friend. My breakdown was a 650 M, 680 CR, 770 W (10 Essay).</p></li>
<li><p>Before you do anything, sit down in your bookstore of choice and do a practice exam straight out of CollegeBoard's book. If you score above a 2000, that book is the only one you will be needing. All of the strategies you might find useful are readily available online (here, Sparknotes, etc.) or from the library, or by simply note-taking at the book store. No need to waste money. Go straight through the CollegeBoard book and take every practice exam, studying in between in your weak areas and analyzing your mistakes. You should easily be in the upper 2100's at this point. Be sure to do at least half of the tests under strenuous test-taking conditions. I didn't do this, and it heavily affected my Critical Reading score (800 average down to a 680). If you are having trouble in a certain area, buy the Barron's workbook for that section and go straight through it. This will overprepare you and raise your score by at least 100 points.</p></li>
<li><p>Remember to relax. I can't stress that enough. Find out how you study most effectively and most efficiently and keep at it. It's a beatable test. One good tactic that contributed greatly to my Writing success was the free Question of the Day from CollegeBoard's website. I check my e-mail when I wake up, at about 6AM. Doing these problems (mostly writing) kept me on my game, even in the most strenuous situations.</p></li>

<p>I would like to note that I own Princeton Review's 11 Real SATs, the two Princeton Review workbooks, Kaplan's New SAT book, the three Kaplan workbooks, the Official SAT Study Guide For the New SAT from CollegeBoard, and Sparknotes' The New SAT. That's every SAT book (save Barron's, which is probably one of the most useful) available at most large bookstores, and then some. If you're a good shot at a 2100, it's likely that most of these books won't help you. All you need is your CollegeBoard book, your basic strategy, and your Barron's workbooks (if necessary). I can't speak for a low-scoring student.</p>


<p>What are some good online PSAT/SAT practice that are FREE?</p>