Simon's Saga for the SAT I Verbal

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Barron's Educational Series, 2002 - Study Aids - 488 pages
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Simon, who is the narrator of this book, lets test-takers know that he's a cool college dude who's ready to help everybody get an incredibly fantastic score when they take the new, revised verbal skills section of the SAT. Simon tells students that college time is party time, but first, kids need to do some serious work. That includes expanding their vocabulary so they'll be able to cope with college-level reading assignments. He tells them, for instance: "Well, it's time for you to get to work. You'd better get this pedestrian stuff out of the way, pronto, so we can get to know each other better. Hey, I know the thing looks a little daunting, but I think the meanings are quite explicit." Certain words in that passage--for instance, pedestrian, daunting, and explicit--are set in boldface type. That is the students' signal to look up the word, understand what it means, and comprehend how it's being used in the sentence. Students who read all of Simon's commentaries and understand all boldface words are guaranteed to excel on the new SAT I Verbal. As Simon helps students expand their word power, he finds something to say about most topics that interest college kids--from girls and parties to coping with term papers and doing library research. A short quiz follows each episode. Here's a unique, refreshing approach to vocabulary building for high school students preparing for the all-important college entrance test.
 

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Contents

WElcOME
1
AT ThE LibRARy
11
ThE FliRT
21
SJMON IN CoivibAT 70
39
A Link DiqRESsioiN
48
ANd EO
56
TERM PAPER TiiviE
64
PERFECT CAMARAdERiE
72
TslEpAThy ANd UFOs
186
llNVilATioiN TO A BARbECUE
195
AxEls SoNq
205
TkE GiRl FOR AxEl?
216
Axels ORiqiNs
227
JAZ CONGES m XEA
247
GlobAlizAiioM
257
CoiviiNq TO AMERJCA
268

Tk ChidiNq
81
All You NEEd Is LOVE
91
REAlhy ChEck
99
MEMORJES
111
ChESS GAMES
122
LOVE ANd WAR 155
135
GiRls JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN
144
ThE KNOckouT
155
ThE AdvENT of XEA
168
AN hkliNq of ANOER REAM
178
MiNd GAMES
278
METAPHORS
288
How JAZ BuivipEd INTO AXE 500
328
CREATIVE WRmiq 545
336
ThE GAYEST 568
378
IM OUT of HERE 592
392
Double Trouble by Axel 597
397
Answers to Exercises
442
Simons Glossary
471
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Philip Geer lives in Singapore where he directs Mentaurs, an educational consultancy that prepares students for the SAT, GRE, and other standardized tests. From 1978 until 2001 he taught English for the Singapore Ministry of Education at the junior college level.

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