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  • Paperback: 954 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series Inc.,U.S.; 25th Revised edition edition (1 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764144367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764144363
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.3 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 708,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A manual that offers college-bound students review in various SAT test topics, a diagnostic test, and five full-length practice tests with different questions answered and explained. It includes subject reviews covering critical reading, grammar and usage, and math, as well as instruction in preparing and writing the required SAT essay.

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By Vlad-Stefan on 10 Oct 2013
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This book exhaustively covers all of the SAT material, with clearly laid out exercises to help you practice efficiently. I would recommend it to anyone who plans to take an SAT.
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By Dr Parikh on 15 May 2012
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Students should first do the diagnosis test. Find out their weaker areas. Then revise regularly for the individual review topics. Once you feel confident, you should do each practice test and monitor your performance. If you dont see yourself progressing then go back to the review topics and do the new test agin. Review topics are explained very well in this book. I am PhD qualified, highly experienced SAT tutor and most of my students find this book very useful. If you struggle to understand any answer in the book, feel free to email me at I am happy to provide FREE explaination. I wish you good luck!!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Good all-around prep 5 Oct 2011
By JWu - Published on
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I purchased several books for my son who is a junior in high school. This book has a great selection of review material to help practice the skills on the sat test. The practice tests seem slightly harder than the real thing, but it's better to be overprepared rather than underprepared. The 4 stars is because some questions seem to be different than what is on the real sat and because there are fewer tests than in the offical college board practice guide.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Exactly what I expected 1 Oct 2011
By Nellie - Published on
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I bought this so I can prepare myself for the SAT. It is exactly what I expected it to be; a book with tests, explanations, and review of several math concepts. It was much cheaper buying it through Amazon than any bookstore. The book is pretty thick and there are yellow flashcards of vocabulary words in the back of the book that you can easily rip out, which was a pleasant surprise.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
SAT prep book 14 Feb 2011
By Denise M Carraher - Published on
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Great book, Don't pay $$$$$ for a private tutor. There are LOTS of helpful hints in this book. Baron's is one of the BEST SAT prep books available. My daugher has found it very helpful.
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from an 1820 to a 2280 18 Dec 2011
By Emily - Published on
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After completing most of this book on my own in the summer, my psat score rose from an 1820 to a 2280, the highest psat score in my school. I'm now a national merit finalist. I haven't taken the SAT yet, but now I'm aiming for a perfect score. This book especially helped me with my writing, and took it from a 500 to a 760. Don't get a tutor---if you sit down with this book for one or two hours a day for a month in the summer, I guarantee that you will get above a 2100 on either the PSAT or SAT.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Barron's, we hardly knew ye! (deeply disappointed) 1 Jan 2013
By Karen Berlin Ishii - Published on
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I admit to a fondness for Barron's: It was the one trusted book on the market in the long-ago era when I took the SATs, and I did quite well with its help. Coincidentally or not, I've been teaching SAT prep classes and tutoring students for this exam as a test prep tutor for many years, so it seems I was bound to encounter Barron's SAT prep books again.

Unfortunately for Barron's, though, somewhere they lost their way (or others got better). I would not recommend this very heavy textbook to anyone. For starters, besides the weight, the book is physically inconvenient by its very tiny (9-10 point) sans serif typeface, which makes the book hard to read. The authors give strange weight to odd topics, devoting four pages of this tiny type to the argument for guessing, for example. The Princeton Review accomplishes this more simply and convincingly in human-sized fonts and half the space.

The biggest fault of this book is that the practice tests and test questions are so unlike the real SAT. In Reading Comprehension Sentence Completions, for example, the lesson is WAY too hard, with examples that are totally inconsistent with the real SAT, using odd word choices: shades of meaning among 3-4 of the choices, instead of most of the words being of very distinctly different meanings, as on the real test. The 2-blank questions do not have the representative space between the two blanks' answers, which is distracting, confusing and again, different from the test that it supposedly represents. This bad text design prevents students from applying the strong techniques of filling one blank at a time, a technique that is very key to leveraging partial knowledge on this part of the exam. Furthermore, the drills do not show any progression from easy to hard like the real test, so students miss that important strategy lesson, as well. All the questions seem hard; there are no easy ones! And the hard ones are often hard because the choices are somehow off, not because they are more challenging in the way that hard questions are on the SAT.

The Writing multiple choice section is no better. Improving Paragraphs are TOTALLY NON-REPRESENTATIVE of real SAT passages! They are about three times as long and presented in hard-to-read italics, not like the real thing at all. It's really mind-boggling that no editor has pulled the authors aside to tell them to look at an actual SAT; it bears no resemblence to this supposed facsimile. Again, textbook design and typography is a big problem. In Improving Sentences, typography is inconsistent with the real SAT: Sentences are justified - that is, made to all fit the same width of the column - which stretches out some spaces in between words inconsistently and makes the task of reading the sentences unneccesarily difficult - and more importantly, different from the real test.

As a Barron's product, the book can't be totally terrible, however. Here are its modest charm points:

- Word lists and roots lists are good. Nice to have definitions of both the vocab words and the roots. Examples using the common roots are very helpful.
- Pre-made vocabularly flashcards in the back of the book are useful, with common SAT words, their pronunciation, definitions AND a very helpful defining sentence on each card.
- In Math, the text demonstrates the proper way to grid in the answers in the answer key, not just giving the numbers. The Math section is traditionally Barron's strong point, and indeed, their SAT Math workbook and guides to the SAT Subject Tests in Math are excellent resources for students to bone up on all the main skills and knowledge sets tested on these tests.
- The book has 6 full practice tests, which would be a good thing if the tests were more like the real SAT.

Overall, I find the negatives far outweigh the positives for this book. For students seeking a good single textbook for the SAT, I still recommend The Princeton Review, which is very good at replicating true SAT style. The CollegeBoard's blue book of practice tests is, of course, indispensible, and I like to pair it with Tutor Ted's SAT Solutions Guide, a very concise, clear and handy companion to the blue book (also better and more convenient than the CollegeBoard's online explanations).
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