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SAT Preparation Books

A Note on SAT Books

We strongly advise all prospective college applicants to purchase at least 2 books on the SAT Reasoning Test (which we'll call simply 'the SAT' for short).

One should be the official guide from the College Board, the test's administrator. There is a significant difference between the official questions you will be asked on the exam and the practice questions contained in all other books. You need a College Board publication to familiarize yourself with the quality of questions you will actually face on the SAT.

Secondly, we recommend buying and studying at least one of the "unofficial" guides reviewed below. There is indeed a way to study for this test that will materially improve your score. The better unofficial guides contain many time-proven test-taking strategies that serve that purpose, as well as excellent explanations of the logic behind the correct answers to the practice problems. You will greatly increase your chances of receiving a higher test score if you go to the test armed with SAT test-taking strategies and knowledge of actual questions from previous exams.

For quick reference, here are links to related books we have reviewed:

Book Reviews

Official SAT Study Guide (2016 Edition) by College Board

Official SAT Guide Buy this book from Amazon.com

We strongly advise all prospective college applicants to purchase this book. This is, by far, the most informative book available on the SAT test. The book includes the 4 official practice tests available on their website along with 300 pages of additional instruction, guidance and test information.

Barron's New SAT, 28th Edition by Ira Wolf and Sharon Green

Barron's SAT Book Buy this book from Amazon.com

This is one of Barron's better test prep guides. The diagnostic and four full-length practice tests alone should justify the purchase. Throw in the detailed instruction for the optional SAT essay and you have a book that is a must for any ambitious test taker!

3rd Edition, The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar by Erica Meltzer

Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar Buy this book from Amazon.com

This very well written and organized book uses dozens of exercises to cover all the grammar rules you will need to know for the SAT multiple choice writing section as well as for later writing assignments in college and beyond.

McGraw-Hill SAT 2016, Cross-Platform Edition by Christopher Black

McGraw Hill sat prep book Buy this book from Amazon.com

This is a complete SAT coaching program focused on building skills. No sleights of hand or "jedi mind tricks" in this material, just 1.8 pounds of solid prep material that, now in its 11th edition has drawn raves from droves of past clients.

Kaplan New SAT Premiere 2016 with 5 Practice Tests by Kaplan

Kaplan SAT Guide Buy this book from Amazon.com

This bundled package is loaded. And by loaded we mean over 2,000 practice questions, 5 practice tests and personalized feedback.

Movie Themed Books for Vocabulary Building

One technique that has worked for many of our clients has been combining the love for movies and movie trivia with vocabulary building. Although these books are now over 5 years old, we still find our clients are familiar with the "classics." If you think this might make vocabulary building easier for you, we encourage you to look at the following books:

Defining Twilight by Brian Leaf

Buy this book from Amazon.com

This verbal prep book for the SAT and ACT bases vocabulary lessons on some of the more difficult words from the popular novel Twilight. Lists of words refer back to sentences in the novel, so readers can see the word in context. This would be a fun and painless way to learn some essential vocabulary for fans of the book. I wouldn't, however, use it as the only book to prepare for the verbal sections of these tests. Stephanie Meyer has a good command of the English language, but there's no guarantee she used every word you might need to learn.

Name That Movie! (Comedy and Action) by Brian Leaf

Buy this book from Amazon.com

If you are a fan of comedy and action movies, this book can help you boost your vocabulary skills while helping you recall famous scenes and lines. The author also ties actors' debuts in to the trivia as well.

Name That Movie! (Romantic Comedy and Drama) by Brian Leaf

Buy this book from Amazon.com

If you are a fan of romantic comedy and drama movies, this book can help you boost your vocabulary skills while helping you recall famous scenes and lines. The author also ties actors' debuts in to the trivia as well.

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