SAT prep courses/books

<p>I was wondering which SAT prep books were the best..(princeton, kaplan..etc)</p>

<p>Also. who offers the best SAT prep courses?PRINCETON?KAPLAN? I DUNNO..</p>

<p>any suggestions??</p>

<p>bring up my post</p>

<p>I think the Blue Book is very good to practice and PR is OK. Kaplan is way too easy. Barron's is always good because it kicks your butt.</p>

<p>P.S. As for taking SAT Classes I didn't like Princeton when we went to check it out b/c the class was as big as my classes at school. I think we're going to go with a smaller company (like 8 students or less in a class) and maybe even private tutoring.</p>

<p>thx any more suggestions?? do u know who offers "SMALL" classes?</p>

<p>It shouldn't necessarily be a small class, but Kaplan and Princeton are, for the most part, a waste of time.
They give you the hardest test the first session.
Then on the last session, they give you the easiest test.
Obviously, you're going to do better on the last test.</p>

<p>As books go, Kaplan 2400 is probably the best one that I've seen.</p>

<p>thnx bumppppp</p>

<p>I think the small local SAT courses are the best. I take a free course at my local library and improved dramatically after each practice test. Try checking our your school, local library, or community center to see if there are any courses available. Also get the Blue Book because of the practice tests and the explanations. The book helps very well for the math section because it allows you to get used to the different types of questions that the SAT throws at you. I started out with a 490 on the math section on my first practice test now I have a 710 on my latest practice test and I am aiming higher. The blue book helps a lot.</p>

<p>Um, Princeton Review classes are actually really small. I think less than 12 students. But they do have small group tutoring (like 4 people), from what I saw on their site.</p>

<p>The thing you probably went to was the strategy session, and yeah, those are big because they're free and open to everybody.</p>

<p>Oh, and the blue book does NOT come with answer explanations. It would be perfect if it did.</p>

<p>Blue Book and pr are the best to study from</p>

<p>The best and ONLY really useful practice questions are those by the testmakers (Collegeboard & ETS), next are books that mimick REAL questions.
1. Real Exams: The Official SAT (the blue book) - This year's and previous years SAT Preparation Booklet - Copies of Oct, Jan, May exams that you can order from The College Board (if you take the exam first).
2. Books that mimick the real SAT style and level: My Books :) and some exams in Sparks 10 practice tests (you should use this book with a teacher because it contains some mistakes). ---- Rocket Review (but this only contains one test).
I don't recommend Kaplan or Princeton Review.</p>

<p>If you solve the REAL exams more than one time and really know what your mistakes are, you'll see SAT magic... That's what I do with my students.
Good Luck</p>

<p>Kareem, I totally disagree. I have seen steady improvement from doing PR tests -- they are absolutely worth doing. I don't have any Kaplan tests so I can't say if they're as good, but I love the PR tests.</p>

<p>Sure, you can improve using PR or Kaplan Tests. But those books won't make you reach your maximum potential. Let me tell you why.
Kaplan has 16 tests at least (4 in the regular book + 12 in the 12 Practice tests) & PR has about 15 at least. About 50% are similar to REAL questions and the rest are not. The 8 tests in The Official SAT are 100% REAL.</p>

<p>Bottom Line:
You can improve by just knowing how to think and gues properly plus any practice at all.
But, Only REAL or LIKE REAL practice can get you REALLY high scores. :)</p>

<p>"About 50% are similar to REAL questions and the rest are not."</p>

<p>So you've counted all their questions and compared them to the real tests, have you? You seem to be quite the authority on this.</p>

<p>Well, I have. That's my job.</p>