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SAT Review Books
The best are: Rocket Review Revolution, Gruber's Complete SAT Guide, and
Cracking the SAT (Princeton Review). Some students have also found Barron's and Kaplan's books to be helpful. Of course The Official Study Guide by
the College Board is a must read. Depending on your
personality, you may find interactive software to be helpful.
By far, the best source for practice exams is 10 Real SATs by the College
Board and 11 Practice Tests by Princeton Review. Get them all! It is very important to take all real
practice SATs, check your test scores, and then review your mistakes before
trying another practice test.
What Are the SAT Changes?
There is a New Writing Section with multiple choice
questions for both grammar and usage. There is also an essay which all
students must write.
There is a New Critical Reading Section (previously called
Verbal) in which the Analogies section is eliminated. Also, short
reading passages are now added to existing long reading passages.
And finally, the Math section has now been expanded to
include content from third year college prep math. The Quantitative
Comparisons Section is now eliminated.
Have the Scores Changed?
There will be new scores. The new SAT will provide
you, your high school counselor and college admissions offices with three
separate scores: math, critical reading, and writing. Each of the 3
sections of the test will continue to be scored using the familiar scale
of a minimum of 200 to a maximum of 800. The new writing test will
also be scored using a scale of 200-800.
In addition, two subscores will be given for the writing
section: a multiple-choice subscore on a scale of 20-80, and an essay
subscore, on a scale of 2-12.
How is the Essay Scored?
The essay will be scored by experienced and trained high
school and college teachers. Each essay will be scored by two people who
won't know each other's score (this is similar to the MCAT Writing Sample). They won't know your identity or school
either. Each reader will give the essay a score from 1 to 6 (6 is the
highest score) based on the overall quality of the essay and your
demonstration of writing competence. The two scores will then be added
together to arrive at your essay subscore.
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