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#1 Unicorn.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 06:13 PM

I also posted this on the Gen. Ed board, for more traffic.....

 

Which SAT prep book do you think is the best?

1.  The one put out by the College board, w/ dvd

2.  The Black Book,

3.   Kaplans w/ 4 practice tests and online help/review

4. Other (please share what and why)

 

 

Link to ? on gen. board, if you'd rather answer there:  http://forums.welltr...-sat-prep-book/



#2 Brenda in MA

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:14 PM

The Blue book put out by the College Board. It's the only one that contains some real, released SAT exams.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:22 PM

The Blue book put out by the College Board. It's the only one that contains some real, released SAT exams.

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Ah, good point.



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Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:12 AM

I mostly agree with Brenda, but it does not include a lot of instruction so it is what you do with it that will count.

 

The general suggestion is to take the first test as the SAT is taken, morning, all in one gulp. 

 

After that take one test section a day and go back and look up what you did wrong and figure out why your answer is wrong, why you got it, and how to get it right. At some point, take another all in one gulp test and see if you are improving.

 

 



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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:34 AM

I mostly agree with Brenda, but it does not include a lot of instruction so it is what you do with it that will count.
 
The general suggestion is to take the first test as the SAT is taken, morning, all in one gulp. 
 
After that take one test section a day and go back and look up what you did wrong and figure out why your answer is wrong, why you got it, and how to get it right. At some point, take another all in one gulp test and see if you are improving.


I agree with Candid, here, too. If that first SAT run-through turns up some specific weak areas, it might be worth using another resource to bolter those areas before just continuing with testing practice. I used Chalkdust SAT Math review with my oldest for certain math concepts. I used College Prep Genius with my next one for overall SAT strategy advice, and that helped a bit, but he didn't follow their recommended techniques to the letter. He did get some valuable insights on test-taking strategy, though.

I still think that nothing helped prepare him better than just working through the CB tests and carefully reviewing the answers. Doing this definitely helped him to start to see particular types of questions, especially in the Critical Reading & Writing sections.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:31 AM

I agree with Candid, here, too. If that first SAT run-through turns up some specific weak areas, it might be worth using another resource to bolter those areas before just continuing with testing practice. I used Chalkdust SAT Math review with my oldest for certain math concepts. I used College Prep Genius with my next one for overall SAT strategy advice, and that helped a bit, but he didn't follow their recommended techniques to the letter. He did get some valuable insights on test-taking strategy, though.

I still think that nothing helped prepare him better than just working through the CB tests and carefully reviewing the answers. Doing this definitely helped him to start to see particular types of questions, especially in the Critical Reading & Writing sections.

HTH,
Brenda

 

We are doing kind of what Brenda suggests using a hodgepodge of resources. I picked ours up based on recommendations here. Some started from websites so you can get some free stuff from those. For instance, I picked up PWN the SAT's math book but there is a PWN website. 



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Posted 06 August 2013 - 09:26 PM

I was just looking at the Khan Academy (free) website, and there is a test prep section that explains how to tackle the math questions in the Blue Book (the official SAT guide).  It might be helpful for students who want to zero in on the practice test problems they don't understand.



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 09:25 PM

Thanks everyone!  I ordered the blue book, so we will start there.  Really great advice on how to go about it.  Thank you, thank you! 




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