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SAT For Dummies, Premier 8th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-11567-1
576 pages
November 2011
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Sharpen your SAT test-taking skills with this updated and expanded premier guide with CD

Are you struggling with math, reading, or writing essays while preparing for the SAT? SAT For Dummies, Premier Edition with CD is a hands-on, friendly guide that offers easy-to-follow advice for tackling the toughest questions, as well as hints and tips for making the most of the time available to complete each section. This test guide includes 7 tests plus 500 interactive vocabulary flashcards on the CD. SAT For Dummies, Premier Edition with CD gives you the edge you need to get your best possible SAT score!

  • So you're taking the SAT — get an overview of the SAT, find out how to register for the right test at the right time, and understand how your score will be interpreted

  • Read between the lines — gear up for the critical reading section and get plain-English explanations of the types of questions you'll face and how best to tackle them

  • Get down with grammar — discover how to apply grammar rules to error-recognition questions and sentence and paragraph revisions

  • Demystify math — take a tour of the math concepts you'll need to know to tackle the math section with ease

  • Fill in the blanks — get great tips for building your vocabulary and answering sentence completions, and tune up your word skills with 500 interactive vocabulary flashcards on the CD

  • Practice makes perfect — take five practice tests in the book, plus two more tests on the CD, complete with answers and explanations

Open the book and find:

  • What the SAT tests

  • Things to bring with you on exam day

  • The best way to examine reading passages

  • Practice sentence completions and essays

  • Grammar error-recognition problems

  • Math strategies that work

  • Practice problems in algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, and logic

  • Ten ways to eliminate exam stress

CD Includes
All five practice tests from the book plus two additional tests and 500 vocabulary flashcards

See the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements

Learn to:

  • Score higher on the SAT and get into the school you want

  • Avoid common pitfalls

  • Test your skills with practice problems for every question type

  • Premier Edition features 7 practice tests and 500 interactive vocabulary flashcardsTake 7 full practice tests on the companion CD

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Introduction 1

Part I: Surveying the Field: An Overview of the SAT 7

Chapter 1: Pouring Your Brain into Little Ovals: The SAT 9

Chapter 2: Getting Ready, Set, and Going: Preparing for the SAT 17

Part II: Comprehending the SAT: The Critical Reading Sections 25

Chapter 3: Reading between (and on) the Lines: The Critical Reading Section 27

Chapter 4: Practicing Critical Reading Passages: Reading for Points 37

Chapter 5: Filling In the Blanks: Sentence Completions 55

Chapter 6: Practicing Sentence Completions 61

Part III: Getting the "Write" Answers: The Writing Sections 67

Chapter 7: Writing Your Way to a High Score: The Essay 69

Chapter 8: Practicing Essays 77

Chapter 9: Joining the Grammar Police 83

Chapter 10: Practicing Grammar Problems: Recognizing Your Mistakes 93

Part IV: Take a Number, Any Number: The Mathematics Sections 107

Chapter 11: Meeting Numbers Head-On: The SAT Math Sections 109

Chapter 12: Numb and Numbering: The Ins and Outs of Numbers and Operations 117

Chapter 13: Practicing Problems in Numbers and Operations 127

Chapter 14: X Marks the Spot: Algebra and Functions 135

Chapter 15: Practicing Problems in Algebra and Functions 147

Chapter 16: Checking More Figures Than an IRS Agent: Geometry Review 157

Chapter 17: Practicing Problems in Geometry 175

Chapter 18: Playing the Odds: Statistics and Probability 183

Chapter 19: Practicing Problems in Probability, Statistics, and Logic 193

Part V: Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Practice Tests 201

Chapter 20: Practice Exam 1 203

Chapter 21: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations 245

Chapter 22: Practice Exam 2 267

Chapter 23: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations 311

Chapter 24: Practice Exam 3 335

Chapter 25: Practice Exam 3: Answers and Explanations 377

Chapter 26: Practice Exam 4 397

Chapter 27: Practice Exam 4: Answers and Explanations 439

Chapter 28: Practice Exam 5 461

Chapter 29: Practice Exam 5: Answers and Explanations 503

Part VI: The Part of Tens 525

Chapter 30: Ten Ways to Maximize Your Score 527

Chapter 31: Ten Ways to Calm Down 529

Appendix A: Scoring Your Exam 531

Appendix B: About the CD 541

Index 545

End-User License Agreement 553

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Geraldine Woods has been preparing students for the SAT for more than three decades. She is the author of many books, including English Grammar For Dummies and AP English Literature For Dummies.
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