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  • Item #: 040151
    ISBN: 9781438007489
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    Get it while it's hot! This vocabulary building book uses unique learning techniques that are bound to help you develop a more powerful vocabulary: a vocabulary that will not only help you in everyday life, but also in scoring high on your SAT. Instead of using confusing alphabetized words lists like many other vocabulary books, this book uses a clustering technique that has you study groups of "Hot Words" (words that are likely to be on the SATs) that have similar meanings, so that distinctions in usage and connotation can be made more apparent. There are thirty-seven lessons, and each lesson has you learn eight or more words, for a total of 365+ words in the whole book For example, Lesson 28 will have you learn twelve words that are related to "being wise and sharp-minded", such as discerning, incisive, ingenious, judicious, perspicacious, and sagacious. The section starts off giving you the part of speech, definition, and three examples of the word used in a sentence. The rest of the lesson provides you with a few memory tips, a matching exercise that has you match the word with its defining characteristic, and sentence completion exercises that have you determine whether words used in a sentence are used in the correct context. Answers are provided in the back. Two additional lessons provide vocabulary help for the ACT, too. Perfect for any college-bound student who is looking to expand their vocabulary and improve their chance for acceptance! 270+ pgs, pb. – elise

  • Item #: 056071
    ISBN: 9781438003658
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    Barron's does such a great job with test prep, and here is another example of that! They keep it simple: tell you what you need to know and how to apply it to an exam. The ACT tests vocabulary in a variety of contexts. Students will be making generalizations, drawing conclusions, comparing, interpreting, formulating & more within the three verbal portions: English, Reading & Writing.

    This vocabulary book is divided into 26 lessons. Each begins with a test-taker's anecdote – a few short paragraphs with snippets of common errors to avoid. Following is a word bank of 10 words, a manageable number for most students. There is a short definition followed by three sample sentences for each of the ten words and then memory tips, mnemonic tricks, and some matching practice with the vocab words and definitions. At the end of the lesson is a true/false exercise. Answers to the review exercises are in the back along with a glossary. The small format (6"x9") makes it handy to toss in a purse or backpack. 193 pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 008803
    ISBN: 9780965242233
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  • Item #: 047114
    ISBN: 9781402260728
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    Strengthen your vocabulary and improve your SAT score with this helpful book. Recognizing the role that Greek and Latin roots play in English vocabulary, the first section focuses on learning prefixes, roots, and suffixes that provide you with the meaning of over 200,000 words. Next, the book takes you through sample SAT vocabulary questions and provides helpful test-taking strategies. Another important chapter is the 2300 Vocabulary Word Review List. This chapter lists 2300 words alphabetically, each with a brief definition. The last chapter consists of 50 vocabulary practice tests, with each test containing 20 multiple-choice questions. The back of the book provides answers to the tests, a list of words appearing more than once on the SAT, and a list of commonly confused words. 275 pgs, pb. Lisa

  • Item #: 027998
    ISBN: 9781438009988
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    When you're studying for the SAT, you want the most up-to-date guide available. This one is completely revised and reflects all of the new question types for the 2016 SAT. Students will greatly benefit from the timely advice, helpful strategies and tips, example questions reflective of the actual exams, and four practice SAT exams offered in this book. Two online practice tests are also included with purchase.

    The first section of the book familiarizes students with the test. These chapters outline each part of the exam and the typesof questions you will encounter. This section also provides future SAT takers with "winning tactics for the SAT" including advice on setting goals, pacing yourself, guessing, and simple techniques to applywhen taking the test.

    In the second unit, you will find a diagnostic SAT designed to helps students identify the core areas that need improvement before taking the actual test. Following this mock-SAT test are answers, directions for calculating your raw score on each section, and fully explained answers for each question.

    The third section delves into the SAT Reading test. These chapters cover each kind of question asked and the skills needed to successfully workthrough each part of the SAT. The evidence based reading chapters offers an overview of the test, testing tactics, examples, and plenty of practice questions and answers. Also included are reading challenges,critical reading questions, and a selected reading list divided into four sections: US and World literature,Science, Social Studies and U.S. Founding. The final chapter of this section focuses on vocabulary,which is essential for understanding and correctly answering the reading questions. This chapter holds practical ways to increase your vocabulary and a master list of common words used in uncommon ways, with every word. Interactive Vocabulary flashcards are available online. 

    The next section focuses on the SAT Writing and Language test. This section provides an overview of the test, reviews key grammar and graph analysis skills, offers test strategies, examples with explanations and in-depth practice questions and passages. The last chapter in this section prepares students for the(optional) essay portion by providing sample prompts and sample response essay rubric to understand how the essay is scored. Additionally key strategies, skill building lessons and practice, sample essays (of varied quality) and more practice prompts are included.

    The last component of the SAT is mathematics. The first chapter provides tactics for success, helpful hints, using the number grids, calculator use and various practice exercises. The second chapter offers a detailed review of the math concepts covered on the test and practice in each specific area. The format of these chapters allows students to see which areas they need to review so they can focus on those topics.

    The remaining chapters, which comprise the final unit of this guide, hold four model tests complete with answer keys, self-evaluations, and answer explanations, for practice, practice, and more practice. Two full length tests are available online which include answers, explanations,  and automatic scoring. pb, 1034 pgs. ~ Steph/Deanne

  • Item #: 017148
    ISBN: 9780984527205
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  • Item #: 023013
    ISBN: 9781438010779
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    Familiarity with words commonly used on the SAT can give you an edge when it comes to the critical reading portion of the test.  This book uses a technique called “super-mnemonics” to help you quickly memorize and remember SAT vocabulary.  An effective method for visual learners, each word is illustrated by an amusing cartoon that both sounds like the word and illustrates its meaning.  For instance, take the word “antagonism” which is defined as “actively expressed hostility.”  You are prompted to think “ant tag on” and to picture the cartoon which depicts some very angry and aggressive ants all wearing tags that say “attack ant.”  The tagline reads “Antagonism from ants with tags on them.”  All this is used to create links and to reinforce how the word “antagonism” is stored in your memory.  Additional sample sentences are also provided to show how the word can be used.  This book defines and illustrates 315 SAT words and provides SAT-like review questions after each 12 word-group. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 057357
    ISBN: 9781609787073
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    SAT test questions are designed with a progression in difficulty and include a certain number of questions that they expect very, very few students to be able to answer correctly. Most test prep books start with the general and don't even attempt to prepare students for that extremely difficult mini-percentage of questions. However, if you are a student who can zip through the basic questions, you may be one who has a real chance at achieving a 2400 score on the SAT – a perfect score. This is the book that will help you. Ignoring the basic questions and the basic strategies, the focus of this book is on the especially tricky concepts and tough questions. Why the push for a perfect or near-perfect score? To get into the school of your dreams.

    There are six sections:

    • 1) An overview of the SAT
    • 2) Critical reading – how to handle the hardest Long and Short Reading Passages, with special attention on the difficult Narrative, Science, and Paired Passages. Also include the best strategies for the difficult Sentence Completion questions (those with two blank and hard vocabulary).
    • 3) Writing section – how to turn a so-so essay into a top-scoring one as well as the Writing Multiple Choice questions.
    • 4) Math basics- effective strategies for handling the toughest math questions.
    • 5) A follow-up section that deals with the trickiest "straight math" questions – really tough questions that are not word problems.
    • 6) A follow-up section that deals with the ugly SAT Math word problems. There are five strategy chapters within these various sections each with advanced level strategies ending with a practice set to apply them.

    The best test preparation for high scorers involves a combination of taking real or simulated SATs under test-like conditions and studying the tips and techniques for acing the hard questions. This book is all about those tips and techniques. 395 pgs, pb ~ Janice

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  • Item #: 024110
    ISBN: 9781593630379
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    Subtitled "Mastering Vocabulary with Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words," that pretty much sums it up! Students will deepen their understanding of the English language and expand their vocabulary through forty-one lessons. Each lesson is formatted with either a prefix(es), suffix(es), or root word(s) complete with the meaning and some sample words. New words built around these concepts follow, with definitions of each and a sample sentence that uses the word in context. Students are then asked to complete a practice section. These exercises vary in construct, including fill-in-the-blank, matching, identifying synonyms and antonyms, identifying the best context for the word, and more. Following every second lesson is a review page that tests students on the concepts and words they learned in the previous two lessons. Very doable and user friendly. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 005704
    ISBN: 9781593631291
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    Over 200 roots are presented in a series of 54 lessons. Each two-page lesson presents between two and five related roots (on average), along with their meanings and common words that use them. Then, ten vocabulary words are listed with part of speech, definition, and a sentence showing the word in context. The second page of the lesson is a student worksheet with a variety of exercises that give students practice defining and using the vocabulary words. Lesson by lesson notes are included for the teacher in the front of the book. These include suggestions for incorporating games and other extension activities (including reproducible student pages).

  • Item #: 009497
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    Targeting 300+ key words for beginning readers, this set has 40 double-sided cards providing practice reading simple stories, jokes, poems and more. Each passage has 4 multiple choice questions. Kids use their Hot Dots pen (sold separately) to respond and receive instant feedback as the pen lets them know if they are correct. Here is an example: a letter from Mia to Noah reads, "Dear Noah, My family lives in the _1_. We live _2_ to a park. There is _3_ something fun to do here. Today I'm going to ride _4_ the bike path with some friends. Your Pen Pal, Mia." Students then choose the dot that corresponds to the word/number. The dot choices to complete the blank for "1" are: 1. a. cry, b. city, or c. close. As they press the pen to the right answer, they are rewarded with a green light. An incorrect answer makes the pen glow red. It also gives out encouraging phrases and fun sound effects. An answer key is included. Great for independent practice of reading skills. Comes in a slim purple box with lid for storage. ~Sara

  • Item #: 047067
    ISBN: 9780451487766
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    This is The Princeton Review's 500 flashcards of need-to-know vocabulary, definitions, and terms in context - including words from the "Hit Parade" of vocabulary appearing most often on the SAT. The double-sided cards (made from card-stock paper) list the word and the part of speech on the front and have definitions, a contextual sentence, and synonyms on the reverse. The box also includes 50 bonus cards with important terms, formulas, and practice question prompts for math, essay, and reading/writing. A scale printed on the inside of the box helps you keep track of just how many words you have memorized. Instructions are included to register your cards and you will be able to access them in a digital format.

  • Item #: 003171
    ISBN: 9781601264664
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    A thoroughly Christian test prep course from Dr. James Stobaugh now in a completely revised and enhanced version. If your child plans to take the SAT test (or the ACT), this combination devotional, literature study, critical reading and thinking tutorial, composition practice, and test prep course is too good to pass up! It not only builds disciplined study skills in your child as he prepares for the SAT and exposes him to “classic” foundational literature, but disciples your child as well with a daily Bible study regimen that prepares him for Christian life on the college campus and beyond. This sends the sure message that daily Christian training should never take a back seat to the training of the intellect. The course consists of 150 lessons that can be completed over the course of one, two, or three years. Using the 3-year plan (which the author highly recommends), students complete one lesson per week the first year, two lessons/week the second year, and three lessons/week the third year. Under the 2-year plan, students complete three lessons per week both years. The one-year “crash course” plan has students work at the rate of one lesson/day. The 3-year plan is preferable, making it possible for your student to consume many more of the referenced literature selections. In case you’re wondering why literature is such as integral part of the course, in Dr. Stobaugh’s words, “Reading good books is the single best preparation for the SAT verbal section.”

    The three main components of the course are: the daily devotion, reading and vocabulary exercises, and math, verbal, and writing exercises. Each lesson begins with a Scripture quotation and reference that can be used as the daily devotional on lesson days. The scripture is followed by the introduction to a book to be read, or a narrative excerpt or a short essay correlated to the basic theme of the lesson, followed by a thought-provoking question. Next is devotional journal time. It is suggested that students using this course spend 30 minutes/day at devotions. A reproducible form, providing an outline for this activity, is included in the appendix. Students who are using the 2- or 3-year plans should choose from one of the targeted scriptures provided in the appendix, or select their own Scripture for meditation on days between lessons. Reading and vocabulary activities come next. It is recommended that students read an average of 30-50 pages per day. Although not mandatory, I would guess that they would want to first read the selections mentioned in the lessons, since their interest in these would probably be piqued. Just looking at the course, it seems that it would be difficult to read all of the selections referred to, especially for students beginning the course in the 10th or 11th grades.

    The author includes a bibliography representing a “comprehensive cross-section of good literature” in the appendix. These were chosen with an eye to selections made by Christian and public colleges in their literature studies and grouped for 9th/10th graders and for 11th graders. You are also free to substitute any titles with ones of your own choosing, though, again, I would guess students would want to read ones referenced in the lessons. Vocabulary words for study are often taken from these works, as well. Students are instructed to make up vocabulary cards for words presented in the lesson as well as unfamiliar words in their reading. A suggested format for these is supplied in the appendix. Lessons continue with Critical Reading passages (and questions) and Critical Thinking questions, usually related to the theme of the lesson. Every fourth lesson includes a writing assignment, again based on the theme of the most recent series of lessons. The writing assignments include all forms of writing. Lessons also contain problems to solve in preparation for the math portion of the SAT test. A kind of “last thought” for the lesson appears in the sidebar. Many of these are test-taking hints and tips for the SAT. Others are meaningful quotations or further literary introductions. These latter are usually tied to the theme of the lesson as established by the Scripture.

    A complete answer key is provided at the end of the lessons. In addition to answers for the objective questions, there are sample essays of each type assigned – very helpful in understanding the nature of the assignment. The useful Appendices include items previously mentioned plus a bibliography of critical thinking skills, test-taking strategies and a meaty section titled “Remedy for College Admission Essays Jitters”. This section includes essential information for the Christian student on surviving and thriving in a secular college setting as well as a collection of 50 sample college admission essays.

    Compared to other SAT preparation courses we carry (Cracking the SAT and Kaplan’s Guide to the SAT), this course has a totally different “feel” emphasizing long-term academic, spiritual, and mental preparation rather than intense test-taking strategy and content review. This course seems more heavily weighted toward the Verbal and Writing part of the SAT, so students might want to supplement with 100 SAT Math Tips and How to Master Them Now! or consult the Cracking the SAT book for additional test-taking strategies and tips. They should also follow Dr. Stobaugh’s advice and take a practice SAT test every two months during this time. A good source for these practice tests is the 10 Real SATs book or those included with other SAT prep books. These tests provide annotated answers (detailed explanations about why a particular answer is the correct choice). That being said, this is a quality, well-designed course that will prepare students both for challenges in college and for their daily walk as Christians. 425 pgs, pb. Janice

  • Item #: 024975
    ISBN: 9781609781125
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    This quick and easy to use review system from Kaplan is a great way to reinforce the three main SAT topics: vocabulary, writing (grammar), and math. Each topical area contains two hundred color coded flashcards measuring approx. 3” x 2” and comes in a sturdy cardboard box. The Math Cards offer three types of activities. The first activity tests common terms, formulas and concepts of the SAT. The second mirrors the SAT “Grid in” Questions and the third type offers multiple choice questions. Each of the math problems offers step by step answers on the back of the flash card. A sample math question includes “36 percent of 18 is 18 percent of what number?” Vocabulary Cards contain a word on the front of the card with its pronunciation, the definition, synonyms, and a sample sentence to help you remember it on the back. Writing Cards offer two types of activities. First is a sentence containing an error with the answer and explanation on the back of the card. The second activity provides a sentence with four underlined words, students are asked to identify the parts of speech for each underlined word. This would be a great review for “car schooling” or for students who are intimidated by the larger SAT review books. Comes with the Kaplan Higher Score Guarantee (within 90 days of purchase). Deanne

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  • Item #: 004033
    ISBN: 9780965326339
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    Memorizing new words and their meanings can be pretty hard or just downright boring! But this innovative book may have your children begging for more! When I (Jessica) reviewed this entertaining book, I could barely put it down long enough to write this review! The words are presented in such a fun way, they're sure to stick with you for a long time. First, each word is written in BIG, BOLD letters with a pronunciation and the definition. Then, under that, the word is changed to what it "sounds" like. Then the best part! There is a short paragraph, a setting that you picture in your own mind, sometimes using the presented word, but centered around what it sounds like. Funny, and interesting, this is the part that really assures retention. Here's an example:

    OBSCURE (obb-SKYOOR) adj.- hazy, unfamiliar, difficult to understand. Sounds like: Hobb's cure.

    Picture in your mind a patient coming out of Dr. Hobb's office. The patient's wife questions him about the examination.

    Wife: What did Dr. Hobb say? Patient: I'm not sure. Wife: Well did he say its curable? Patient: I think so, but maybe not. He was pretty vague. Wife: What's the prescription for? Patient: I have no idea. He told me but I didn't understand. Wife: This is Dr. Hobb's cure? Send yourpatient away in a fog? Patient: It might be. How would I tell?

    See, isn't that fun? Adding to the mental "picture" there are humorous black and white cartoon drawings for about 100 of the words. Each entry ends with an example sentence using the featured word. The book ends with a list of an additional 135 words with definitions and advice on avoiding common "traps" on the SAT. Learn as many new words a day as you want -and keep them with you....for life! 120 pages, pb.

  • Item #: 059991
    ISBN: 9781101882139
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    Created by The Princeton Review, this resource will help junior high or high school students improve their critical reading and thinking skills. It also preps them for material they will eventually have to complete on the SAT® and ACT®. A major focus of this consumable workbook is to provide students with exercises that will strengthen their ability to recognize the power of a single word, while also giving them a better understanding of how sentences, paragraphs, and essay passages are constructed. Any student who struggles with writing or reading comprehension will benefit from the material and teaching strategies in this quality publication. 240 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 023014
    ISBN: 9780764167539
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  • Item #: 005061
    ISBN: 9780965326346
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    If you have used 500 SAT Words and How to Remember Them from the same author, you know that this book: a) will be insightful; b) will help you remember things you need to know for the SAT test; c) will be humorous; d) all of the above. That’s right, d is the correct answer. The emphasis of the book is on helping the future test-taker avoid the traps and pitfalls that are purposefully throw in his path. Each page discusses one type of problem that commonly appears on the SAT. Clear and simple tips for solving the problem include being certain what question is being asked, when and how you can safely estimate, making your own drawings, looking for patterns, translating word problems into equations, etc. Helps are provided for geometry, algebra, and basic math - in short, everything that will be on the test.

  • Item #: 030550
    ISBN: 9781607148654
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    What a great idea - learn new vocabulary without being distracted from the reading at hand! Vocabulary words are printed in bold throughout the novel with their definitions (as well as pronunciation, part of speech, and synonyms) conveniently located on each left hand page – so there's no need to crack open a dictionary or even flip to the end of a chapter when you come across an unfamiliar word. An index of the 100+ vocabulary words is also provided at the back of the book. 548 pages, paperback. – Rachel
  • Item #: 058579
    ISBN: 9781576859049
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      Word problems are an area of math that most people struggle with. This book provides that extra practice that just might help you master the art of word problems. Word problems are offered in the areas of basic math (miscellaneous math), fractions, decimals, percents, algebra, and geometry. Answers with explanations are found at the end of each section. These word problems are good practice for the SAT and ACT, common mistakes, and step-by-step examples and explanation help you understand the outcome. You even have access to additional online practice with the instructions in the back of the book. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 036200
    ISBN: 9780071780995
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    Breaking SAT preparation into seven effective steps, this new book provides students a thorough way to prepare mentally and educationally for the SAT. Step 1 focuses on the basics of the SAT, key principles and general 2400 strategies. Step 2 is dedicated to doing well on the SAT writing and covers essays strategies, improving sentences, and identifying sentence errors, along with specific writing and paragraph improvement strategies. Step 3 is devoted to general and passage-based reading strategies and includes numerous SAT reading passage samples. Also included are SAT vocabulary strategies along with the benefit and art of memorizing vocabulary words. Scoring high on the SAT math section is step 4. While entire books have been written on SAT math skills, this author takes a unique approach by giving students key strategies on recognizing patterns, uncovering hidden concepts and other unconventional methods to help students focus on solving math questions in the most efficient way possible. Step 5 provides students a simulated SAT practice test with scoring instructions. Step 6 offers students the opportunity to analyze their practice test answers, which further prepares them to score well on the SAT. In Step 7, you find a short "do and don't" checklist to assist students in presenting to the SAT test room with a calm demeanor. According to the author, the student's state of mind can significantly impact the SAT score, and this brief checklist may help students relax and enjoy the journey.

    Each step also includes practice sets and answers. The author recommends using a five-section notebook for more efficient SAT preparation. Let this perfect-score student prepare your students for SAT success. PB. 454 pgs. ~Deanne

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  • Item #: 044316
    ISBN: 9781438010427
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    Expand and improve your vocabulary in just 15 minutes a day with Barron's! For nearly 40 years, this best-selling book has helped countless students (and adults) learn new vocabulary words to assist in their studies, college entrance exams, and overall reading comprehension. This book contains 46 weeks (plus two bonus weeks) of "lessons," with each week containing five daily lessons. These lessons introduce five new vocabulary words that students learn by reading a brief passage, completing sample sentences, and matching each word to its definition. An idiom is introduced at the bottom of each lesson page as well (briefly defined, with a sample sentence). Each daily vocabulary lesson is only one page, and the exercises are fun, interesting and bite-sized. The book contains a variety of review exercises to test prior words studied, and the end of the book has a multiple-choice Final Review Test as well as pages containing real-life quotes that use the vocabulary words. Index and answer key included, 400 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa