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Fiske new SAT insider's guide index
Fiske, Edward B.
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Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, [2004]

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xvi, 221 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : cutting through SAT hysteria -- Inside the new SAT -- SAT prep courses : straight talk from students -- Taking charge of your SAT prep -- Writing -- Critical reading -- Math -- Word for word : quotes from the students about prep courses.
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For more than 20 years, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has delivered the lowdown on the nation's best colleges from the only ones who know the real story-the students themselves.

Now, based on one of the largest surveys of high-scoring SAT-takers ever conducted, the Fiske Guide to Taking the SAT unlocks the secrets of the nation's most feared standardized test. Every prep class, every tutor, every guidebook preaches their own too-good-to-be-true system,many with "guarantees" straight from the pens of their advertising department. Now hear the truth that many students learn the hard way.

The Fiske Guide to Taking the SAT is the first book to take a critical look at the whole process of preparing for the test, from the inflated claims of the Test Prep Giants to the questionable statements of the College Board. You'll learn:
-- The truth about raising your score-and why students from coast to coast say not to waste money on an expensive prep course
-- The ins and outs of the new Writing Section-and why it could be your key to a higher score
-- Why the new Math section really isn't about math-and how you can teach yourself to beat it
-- The inside story of the new SAT-and why you shouldn't believe everything the test makers say about it

Author Notes

Edward B. Fiske served for 17 years as Education Editor of the New York Times
Bruce G. Hammond is Director of College Counseling at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Table of Contents

Introductionp. VII
1. Inside the New SATp. 1
How the Test Will Changep. 4
The New PSAT and the National Merit Programp. 7
How Important Is the SAT?p. 10
What about the ACT?p. 13
ACT-SAT I Conversion Chartp. 14
Is It Possible to Psych Out the SAT?p. 15
What It Takes to Beat the SATp. 18
Developing Your Own Approachp. 22
2. SAT Prep Courses: Straight Talk From Studentsp. 23
The Story behind the Surveyp. 24
Eye-Opening Resultsp. 25
Princeton Review and Kaplanp. 26
Score Increase Claims: A Closer Lookp. 27
Why the Myth Won't Go Awayp. 29
Students Talk about Their Prep Coursesp. 30
The Test-Prep Syndromep. 32
A Closer Look at the Questionnairesp. 33
3. Taking Charge of Your SAT Prepp. 45
When Should I Take the SAT?p. 47
How Many Times Should I Take It?p. 50
Registering for the Testsp. 52
Late Registration and Score Reportingp. 54
Students with Disabilitiesp. 56
Making Your Own Prep Coursep. 59
Beating Anxiety and Time Pressurep. 61
Your Game Planp. 64
The Zen of Test Dayp. 70
4. Writingp. 73
The Essayp. 73
Getting Your Brain in Gearp. 75
The First Paragraphp. 77
The Body and the Conclusionp. 82
The Nitty-Gritty of How to Preparep. 90
Know Your Audiencep. 92
Hitting the Fast-Forward Buttonp. 92
Keys to Successp. 93
Identifying Sentence Errorsp. 94
Verb Tensesp. 102
Keys to Successp. 104
Improving Sentencesp. 105
Style and Sentence Structurep. 108
Keys to Successp. 113
Improving Paragraphsp. 114
Keys to Successp. 123
5. Critical Readingp. 127
Sentence Completionp. 127
Keys to Successp. 136
The Old SAT: Analogiesp. 137
But I've Never Seen These Words in My Life!p. 140
Reading Comprehensionp. 141
Three Kinds of Passagesp. 143
Paragraph-Length Passagesp. 158
Honing Your Strategyp. 161
Finding the Point of Viewp. 165
Keys to Successp. 166
6. Mathp. 169
It's Not about the Mathp. 170
Inside the Bag of Tricksp. 172
Taking the Pressure Offp. 178
Grinning Through the Grid-insp. 181
The Old SAT: Quantitative Comparison Questionsp. 183
Oh Yeah, the Mathp. 187
The New SAT's Mathp. 194
Keys to Successp. 209
7. Word for Word: Quotes from the Students about Prep Coursesp. 211
Students Who Took a Princeton Review Coursep. 212
Students Who Took a Kaplan Coursep. 216
One-on-One Tutoringp. 219
Acknowledgmentsp. 222
About the Authorsp. 224