Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT

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Workman Publishing, 2008 - Study Aids - 328 pages
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It's the SAT guide that kids will actually enjoy using. And it's the one that works: The students who developed Up Your Score all aced the SAT and went to the colleges of their choice. Irreverent, credible, delivered with attitude, Up Your Score combines the best math, critical reading, and essay preparation with strategies and tips designed to help kids psych out The Test. Its witty, peer-to-peer voice—like getting advice from a good (and really smart) friend—makes the material so much easier to retain than the dry text of traditional test guides. And priced at $11.95, it's an economical alternative to expensive test-preparation courses, and an affordable addition, breath of fresh air, and reality check for the student who has a Princeton Review or Kaplan book.

Includes: How to think like the SAT. How to prepare the essay in advance. Six hundred key vocabulary words (and proven tricks for actually remembering them). Insider math tricks. The best way 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).

FREE: An online diagnostic test from PrepMe.com and an iPod download that helps students learn the 600 key vocabulary words.
 

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Contents

Before We Begin Any Questions?
6
An Authors Note Intended to Build Confidence
13
The Story of the Evil Testing Serpent
18
SAT Scoring
20
SAT Mistakes
23
How to Practice
26
Getting in Gear
28
Up Your Score Cheat Sheet
29
The Three Question Types
244
The 13 Rules of the Writing Test
249
Practice Questions
263
The Essay
267
Guessing or The ETS Strikes Back Impostors from Hell
279
Impostors from Hell
280
Guessing the SAT and the Specter of World Destruction
283
The Six Rules of Guessing
285

The Critical Reading Section
33
Four Key Rules and a Tip
34
Sentence Completions
36
Critical Reading Passages
41
About SAT Words
58
Memorizing SAT Words
60
The Word List
64
Useful Synonyms
155
SimilarLooking Words
156
Important Literary Terms
157
The Math Section
167
Theory of Study
168
Calculators
171
FractionsUnits
176
Word Problems
184
Equations
194
Geometry
209
Coordinate Geometry
222
The Funny Symbol Question
229
Heinous Miscellaneous Math
232
Gridin Problems
236
The Writing Section
241
The Story of LittleRead Writing Serpent
242
A Final Word on Guessing
290
But Wait You Also Get
291
Concentration
292
Mindless Slaves of the ETS
297
Relaxation
299
Yoga and the SAT
302
Cheating
305
Little Circles
307
Is the SAT Biased?
311
SATing for Dollars
313
Dont Let Your Parents Read This
314
SATitis
315
Canceling Counseling
316
The SAT and the Internet
317
Sneaky Snacking
319
Fashion and Beauty Tips
321
Stick It in Your Ear
322
Some Other Thoughts on Getting into College
323
Parting Words of Advice
324
Who Are These People Anyway?
326
Free PrepMecom Diagnostic Test and the iPod Vocab List
328
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About the author (2008)

Larry Berger is a Yale graduate and Rhodes Scholar and the president of Amplify Learning.

Manek Mistry graduated from Cornell Law School and is in private practice.

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