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How To Find a Good SAT Book
There are too many books available in the market for you to choose from. However, you must not just look at the cover and buy a book. It has to have the content that can help you. Thus it is very essential that you get hold of a book that is an all-in-all guide for you. Few good books are enough to be well prepared rather than a pile of junk. So when you select your book, you must keep in mind a few things.
Firstly, you should look for books written by professionals and well-known authors. This will ensure that you are going in for the best quality in terms of content. Secondly, you must check for the edition and buy the latest one. The latest edition will include all the latest questions, pattern and instructions. It will also mention any change in the pattern of the test.
Also while buying books, from the market or from the web sites, you must read the details of the book. Also you must read the reviews given by those who have read the book. This will give you an idea about the popularity of the book. You will know how beneficial it has proven for others.
Some Helpful Books
Here is a list of some SAT books that you could find helpful for preparation.
- The Official SAT Study Guide by The College Board. This SAT book is the all-in-one solution for book hunters. You are given eight official SAT practice tests along with detailed description of the three sections. It has practice questions of all types and of all the sections with explanations of the answers. These questions are of the appropriate difficulty level, which gives you the real picture. Thus the questions are neither too easy nor too difficult. It helps you revise what you have learnt in school and is recommended by many students who have studied it. It mentions test taking approaches and strategies. Since it is the official book of The College Board, it is must have for beginners.
- Cracking The SAT, 2008 Edition (College Test Prep) by Princeton Review. This SAT book gives you full-length practice tests with detailed answers. Apart from them, the book gives you clues from the test experts about how to master specific strategies to handle every question.
- How To Prepare for the SAT: 2007 (Barron's How to Prepare for the SAT I) by Sharon Weiner Green. This also contains six full-length test papers and questions covering all the sections. It describes the scoring method as well. It has a good vocabulary section and contains tactics that are helpful if the students know them before they take the test.
- Apart from these there are other popular SAT books like The Official Study Guide for All Subject Tests by The College Board, Barron's SAT 2400:Aiming for the Perfect Score by Linda Carnevale and Roselyn Teukolsky and 11 Practice Tests for the SAT and PSAT, 2008 by Princton Review.
Demerits Of Preparing From a SAT Book
Books are the most traditional means of preparing for a test. Although they are a source of enlightenment, they suffer from some shortcomings also. Today is the age of the Internet. There are more interactive and detailed options available to students. Since SAT books are limited to just one person, it lacks the benefits of discussion and interaction.
It is also difficult to upgrade books quickly for any changes. It takes time for the latest editions also to get printed, which leaves them as an outdated source of preparation. Handling and managing SAT books is very difficult as they are heavy. Books can get torn and spoilt. Also when you study from books, it might become boring and dull after a while.
It is said that a book is a man's best companion. For book lovers, it is the best way to study as well as recreate. Thus it becomes very easy to prepare for SAT with books if you are the 'bookish' type. You just need to know what you want and pick your SAT books.
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