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Barron's SAT Vocabulary Flash Cards Cards – 1 Feb 2011

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  • Cards: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series Inc.,U.S.; Flc Crds edition (1 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438070861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438070865
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 12.1 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2011 Pages: 500 Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Inc. .. U.S. Barron's SAT Vocabulary Flash Cards is a and-new test prep tool that presents 500 SAT high-frequency words. Selected because They have appeared as Key words in recent SAT reading passages and critical reading and sentence completion questions. Cards are alphabetically arranged in the box. with an extra place-marker card that students can use to gauge their word-learning progress. This vocabulary building flash card set enables SAT test takers to review words they might already know. as well as to master unfamiliar words they are likely to encounter both on the SAT and in their college courses. The front of each card lists the target word along with a guide to its pronunciation and its part of speech. The card's reverse side presents the word's definition. uses it in a sentence. and lists ...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rajinder nahal on 10 April 2014
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These are a fantastic learning tool, easy to pull out or carry whilst travelling and play quizzes.
The content is perfect for ages 8/9 upwards......
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By rodemnamuuk on 9 Oct. 2014
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Great Satisfaction !!!!! Thank you....Great saving for money highly recommending!!!!
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Great aid for 11+
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114 of 114 people found the following review helpful
Must-have item for SAT takers looking to improve their vocabulary 29 Feb. 2012
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The flash cards do an excellent job of including high frequency words from the SAT and the level of difficulty is appropriate for students of all levels. I recommend this product to nearly all my SAT students, with the exceptions being those who are already scoring 750+ on critical reading and those who have less than a month to prepare. It is a huge time-saver and improving one's vocabulary is crucial towards one's critical reading score.

What separates this from a similar product that I used to recommend, Princeton Review's 500 SAT vocab flash cards, are the quality and rigor of the synonyms for each of the 500 words, which are significantly more in depth than the PR flash cards; the Barron's flash cards usually have 2-4 good synonyms to study whereas the PR cards have 1-2. Thus, studying the entire set of words exposes one to 1500-2000 words in total. I also think the definitions are slightly better than those on the PR flash cards.

My only suggestion would be to take a page from PR and include 50 blank cards for students to make additional flash cards.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 4 Oct. 2011
By Boo - Published on
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Excellent materials, not only for students, but for English as a second language learners. Highly recommended to everyone ! The paper quality isn't excellent though...
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Excellent way to boost your critical reading score 21 July 2012
By Dilshad Haleem - Published on
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I bought these flashcards in unison with the Official SAT study guide. I memorize 50 words a day for 10 days until I had all the words memorized. The words I was having a little trouble with I wrote down on a separate piece of paper and attached it to my pinboard so I could look up and review them everyday. I then took a couple practice SAT critical reading sections from the SAT book, and I consistently got a score from a 710-800! I knew almost all the vocabulary words on the sentence completions and in the passages, and I understood the questions much better.
I would highly recommend these cards if you need a major score improvement in critical reading.
45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Falls short of the mark - but no better flash cards 6 May 2013
By Tumblemark - Published on
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These cards fall far from what they could, or should, be. The good part is that they are flash cards. I prefer cards to books because they are easy to carry, easy to select the words you have mastered and set those aside to work on the others, and easy to randomize. The size is right and the paper weight is adequate to hold up until the cards have been learned.

But the main content is poor. The selection of words seems weak, but I can't be sure. You may discard a hundred right away, but then you'll still have 400. The syllabications and pronunciations are often non-standard. For example, Barrons breaks "articulate" as ahr TI kye let (The I should be marked short and the e's should be the upside-down e schwa symbol that indicates a minimally stressed vowel; capitalization indicates the stressed syllable.). The American Heritage Dictionary, which I consider to be the best, treats "articulate" as ar*tic'*u*late, ar-tik'-ye-lit, where the i's are marked short and the e is the schwa. This poor treatment goes on and on so much that it becomes annoying and unhelpful. So does the frequent use of the schwa; you end up mumbling the words instead of pronouncing them articulately. Barrons seems to use the pronunciation style and symbols of American Heritage Dictionary (called AHD), but not quite.

The definitions are where Barrons really falls short. The definitions are often too terse, sometimes just synonyms; different meanings are separated by semicolons, but sometimes different uses of words, as, say, noun and adjective, are not mentioned at all. Sometimes not all of a word's several meanings are given. The definitions are the sort that a high school student might memorize without really understanding how the word is best used, because they fail to convey nuance that true understanding of the word requires. The example sentences often seem as though inelegantly written by a high school student -- the word just stuck in some sentence with no enrichment of its meaning or usage. And the synonyms are weak. In one case I noticed, "rant" is given as a synonym of "tirade," but "tirade" is not a synonym of "rant" but "storm" is.

My recommendations for really learning new words include the "100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know," and "100 More ..." By American Heritage Dictionary. The words are well-chosen and include a few technical or scientific words. They give syllabications that seem more standard, followed by the AHD pronunciation guide, so you can really see how to pronounce the words correctly and overcome schwa uncertainty. Following that is a fuller description of the words' usage, such as "noun," or "transitive verb." If the plural is tricky, it is listed next. Then an elegant meaning or meanings, which are numbered if they are significantly different. Then the word is used in a sentence, often from a notable person. The etymology is often given, which I find makes words more memorable and their definitions more nuanced, so you can use them with confidence. And for most words, related words are listed along with their part of speech.

I also recommend Grammar Girl's "101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know." Her definitions are really great; they are high on nuance and often blend in etymology, so you really understand the subtitles of a word's usage. Her word selection comes up with elegant words, but which are a little more down-to-earth. Her example sentences are often lengthy, from notables, and amusing. Fogarty really delivers a rich understanding of what each word means, and her writing, as always, is a pleasure to read. But there is no pronunciation or syllabication guide, and, surprisingly, all the words are capitalized.

The problem with these books is they aren't as well-suited to drill as are flash cards, and the words are permanently alphabetized. You could, I suppose, insert a piece of paper at random, and lower it to reveal the word but not its definition. For that amount of work you'd come away with a much better understanding of the words you should have mastered before entering college.

There are other ways to learn new words on line, for free. FreeRice and SparkNotes prompt SAT words with multiple choice synonyms and vocabulary dot com has many lists, including AHD's high school 100, as does esldesk. Quizlet has lots of virtual flash cards. But nothing beats a fistful of the real thing. Houghton Mifflin, are you listening? Turn your American Heritage books into flash cards -- please!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Nice helpful cards 1 May 2012
By M. Wang - Published on
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This is a pack of good quality flash cards. The cards themselves are made of reasonably sturdy paper material and are of a decent size. On the front the new words are printed in large fonts. On the back, the pronunciation, explanation and an example sentence are provided. The box even contains a ring capable of holding more than 1/10 of the cards at a time through the tiny hole in the bottom left corner of each card. Overall, the production value is quite good.

As for the vocabulary, they are on the easy side of the SAT collection. This is perfectly fine for my young son, but I suspect that I will have to get a more advanced set eventually, perhaps 500 Advanced Words, 1st Edition: Manhattan GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards?
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