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Sat Critical Reading Workbook: 13th Edition (Critical Reading Workbook for the Sat) (Barron's SAT Critical Reading Workbook) Paperback – 1 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series Inc.,U.S.; 13th Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764141953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764141959
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Concentrating on the Critical Reading section of the newly structured SAT college entrance exam, this test-preparation workbook presents tips, questions, answers, and answer explanations for the section's two main question types - sentence completion questions and reading comprehension questions - as well as extensive vocabulary review. Both the sentence completion and the reading comprehension exercises are organized according to level of difficulty and presented in three sections, labeled from A to C. Students who master Level C in both parts are well on the road to achieving a high Critical Reading score when they take the actual SAT. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
It helped me 21 Mar. 2008
By Naseem Rakla - Published on
Format: Paperback
HEY i'm a highschool junior and I had a projected 650 for the SAT critical reading from the PSATs but i worked through the practice sections (and there are A LOT of good practices in this book) and got a 740 after 2 weeks working through this book on the actual SAT. so yeah, it's definitely helpful. It also has a lot of good vocabulary practice and tip and several critical reading practice tests.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Excellent practice tests and vocabulary 1 Sept. 2008
By Admiral Dewey - Published on
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Obviously, this book can not be your only guide to the SAT;it only covers a third of it. But it does a very thorough job with the Critical Reading section. The sentence completion practice tests (4 tests per set, 3 different difficulty level sets) are very close to the real College Board ones. The reading comprehension pieces are decent; nothing amazing, but as good as close to the real SAT as you can find.

The most valuable part of this book (for the average person), is the comprehensive vocabulary list. It consists of 800 words (80 sets of 10 words). Being very familiar with the actual SAT, I can say that the words on the list are indeed very high-frequency SAT words. If you know every word on that list it would be hard to answer more than 2 sentence completion questions incorrectly on the real SAT. For the vocabulary list alone, the book is worth the buy.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Very Disapointing 23 July 2009
By Gift Card Recipient - Published on
Format: Paperback
I used Baron's for the SAT Math Subject Test and it was great. However, for the reading Baron's was terrible. My main issue with this book is that the questions in the practice tests ARE NOT similar to the questions you will actually see on the test. Most books especially Collegeboard's have acurate questions. However, this book had styles of reading comprehension questions that I had not seen in a dozen practice tests. Baron's had a lot of "pretty general" questions that would ask about details from a group of paragraphs. I had never seen this sort of question. Baron's asks a lot of these. Other practice tests that I have seen had a lot of questions asking about main ideas, tone of the passage, comparing passages, and specific detail questions (citing specific lines). Baron's had a few of these questions types, but definitely not as many as on other tests. My point is that Baron's may make you a better critical reader through these exercises, BUT it will not prepare you well for the types of questions you will see on the SAT reading test. There were also a lot of typos in the book. Lastly, the sentence completion questions were alright and the vocabulary lists were good. However, this does not make up for the inadequate reading passage questions.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive and Well-written Resource 17 Jan. 2007
By Kim Olan - Published on
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This book is great! It has several practice passages, and the questions are really good. They adhere to the SAT format, and the answer choices are challenging, yet fair. The additional sentence completion exercises and prefix and root sections are really useful in SAT preparation. The only drawback to this book is that it uses many of the same sentence completion questions that you will see in their other test books, namely the Verbal Workbook for the SAT and the GRE test prep book. Other than that, the book is excellent.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Sentence completion is OK, but reading is absolutely disastrous 5 Aug. 2010
By Collin Weatherly - Published on
Format: Paperback
Barron's has been accurate and helpful for brother, so it was only natural for him to buy this book for the SAT. This book divided sentence completion and reading comprehension into various groups for its difficulty. I found that the sentence completion questions are decent (not perfect, for no prep book can be exactly like the actual test). It was rather disappointing to see some questions were vague. For instance, it tested idioms which is not commonly seen in the actual test (in fact, I dont think it's seen at all). But the real disaster was the reading comprehension questions. The questions are not like the actual questions at all, and they are very subjective and ambiguous. If you get a few questions wrong using this book, dont worry. My brother got 3-4 questions wrong per passage in this book but got a 780 on the actual CR.
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