Every year, the number of students taking the SAT rises. And every year, colleges are becoming more competitive. Throw the weakened economy into the mix, and it creates a perfect storm for Up Your Score: a book of invaluable test-taking wisdom, the only book written by “been-there-done-that” kids, the only guide that kids will enjoy using. It’s proven to work—the students who created Up Your Score all nailed the SAT and went on to the colleges of their choice, including this year’s 2,400-scoring guest editor.
A guerrilla guide that’s a perfect complement (and reality check) for the student who has already tried Princeton Review or Kaplan, Up Your Score injects real-life humor and attitude into the dry business of test prep. Its vocabulary is rich and lively with examples that kids will relate to, and with proven tricks to make definitions memorable. It covers the eight main issues of math, with test-wise, problem-solving techniques. To help students ace the writing section, it addresses the 13 most important grammar rules to know. And it shows how to “psych out” the test: How to think like the SAT. How to prepare the essay in advance. The best ways to fill in answer circles and other strategies to save precious minutes. Plus, tips for maintaining concentration, why it’s always better to guess than to leave a question unanswered, and a recipe for energy-boosting Sweet & Tasty 800 Bars (and how to smuggle them into the testing hall).
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Tired of those stuffy test-prep books written by people “who were born before the invention of the number 2 pencil”? Wouldn’t you like a bit of mirth with your math, some vigor in your vocabulary? Then try Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT. Of the six authors, three scored perfect 1600s on their SATs (the others earned respectable 1500+ scores) and two of them were still in high school when the book was written. As a result, the book is both humorous and helpful, and packed with strategies to outsmart the SAT. This guerrilla guide contains key rules to remember for the verbal and math sections (for example, know that questions always get harder in each subsection), a great word list with helpful mnemonic devices, hints on educated guessing (and a reminder that it can’t hurt you to guess–at worst you’ll probably break even on points), and even a section on writing better essays for the SAT II. Best of all is the “But Wait! You Also Get” chapter, which offers advice on improving your concentration, relaxation techniques, the moral quandary of cheating, the fastest way to fill in the answer ovals, and even the secret of food smuggling (and a recipe for sugar-packed “Sweet and Tasty 800 Bars”). Easily the most entertaining of the SAT guides, Up Your Score will certainly help you do just that. And remember what the authors say–”It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you outsmart the ETS.” –C.B. Delaney
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