Research has shown that putting a student in actual testing conditions while doing a “practice” exam is one of the best methods of preparation for the tests. Get some of the official released practice exams and practice over and over again is a great strategy to help the student familiarize himself with the exam format and the type of questions. Remember not only should the student do the questions, but also should do a very careful analysis of the type of questions he is wrong and right. Focus on weakness, seeking additional resources for help.
The very experienced SAT instructors recommend the best ways to prepare the tests.
- Get the book “Hot Words for the SAT”, and learn a few chapters each week.
- Get the book “Cracking the PSAT”, read all the test-taking strategies, do every practice test, and understand the answer explanations.
- Get the “Barron’s SAT” book first, do every test, read and understand the answer explanations.
- Get “the Official SAT Study Guide”, take the practice tests, sitting straight through for each exam, 4 hours with the break.
Good luck on the exam!!
Hot Words for the SAT I
This book is called SAT Verbal Breakthrough, the best book for the verbal section, and recommended by a lot of SAT instructors as a must buy! There are three sentences made for each vocabulary word so the student can understand the meaning of each word thoroughly. Words being used in sentences with chapter’s theme instead of a list of words, which really aid the memory and will totally boost the students’ vocabulary and help scores on the SAT! It is the most popular book of its kind.
Cracking the PSAT
This book is published by Princeton Review, it provides proven techniques from the test preparation experts. In this book, “General strategies and advanced strategies” are two must read parts, which not only help the student to prepare PSAT, it also serves good principles for other tests to get higher scores. The 2008 edition includes 2 full-length practice tests just like those on the actual PSAT, but with detailed answers and explanations for every question.
This book has more practice tests than any other books, and the tests in the book are harder than the real test. It also has detail explanations compared with Princeton or Kaplan’s books. Student used the book like the vocabulary cards in the back as well. It is one of the most recommended SAT books!
The Official SAT study guide
This is a must read book for preparation of SAT, because it is the only book created by the test maker, the College Board. Although the student can not learn the hardcore test-taking strategies from the book, it does include the information students need to get ready for the exam. The student will gain valuable experience by taking the practice tests and can receive estimated scores.