Note: This version of The Critical Reader reflects the material tested on the current version of the SAT. If you are preparing for the new (P)SAT, you can purchase the new edition at http://www.amazon.com/Critical-Reader-2nd-Erica-Meltzer/dp/1515182061. Intended to demystify what is often considered the most challenging section of the SAT in a straightforward, logical manner, The Critical Reader includes: a list of 300 top words, a roots list, and a "second meanings" list, along with 75 practice sentence completions; a complete chapter devoted to each type of question followed by extensive exercises designed to reinforce the skills and concepts presented; and strategies for understanding difficult passages, locating important information, and identifying correct and incorrect answers more quickly and confidently. To allow students to apply the strategies and techniques outlined in this book to College Board material while focusing on the specific areas in which they need to improve, this book also includes a list of all the Critical Reading questions in the Official College Board Guide, 2nd Edition (2009), grouped both by category and by test. It is also recommended that students use this book in conjunction with They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing (http://www.amazon.com/They-Say-Academic-Writing-Edition/dp/0393935841). More about The Critical Reader: The result of nearly a decade's worth of of tutoring experience,The Critical Reader grew out of three major observations: 1) The SAT is a test about arguments. 2) The SAT represents most high school students' first encounter with college-level reading. 3) Every passage has two authors: the author of the passage and the author of the test. The Critical Reader is the only book that approaches the SAT from a college perspective while simultaneously breaking down and reinforcing the reading skills that the highest scorers take for granted. Many students preparing for the SAT find Critical Reading both frustrating and baffling because it seems unrelated to the work they do in high school English class. In reality, though, the SAT tests skills that are important for college. Critical Reading passages are based on the type of academic "conversation" on which college reading is based -- reading that requires students to juggle multiple viewpoints within the space of a few paragraphs, all while navigating challenging vocabulary and sentence structure as well as unfamiliar and sophisticated concepts. Building on the templates in Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein's They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, The Critical Reader teaches students to use a variety of textual clues to identify key information and distinguish between ideas that the author agrees with and ones that the author disagrees with. Unlike other guides, which rely primarily either on works whose copyright has expired (outdated, hard in the wrong way) or on passages written specifically for that prep book (too straightforward), The Critical Reader aims to prepare students for exactly what they will find on the actual test. All of the passages are excerpted either from books/articles by authors whose work has appeared on College Board exams, or from recent works whose content/style are reflective of the material on the exam. Finally, The Critical Reader teaches students to "read the SAT" -- that is, to use the patterns inherent in the test to identify answers likely to be correct and incorrect with maximum efficiency, and to reduce the test to its simplest terms.
Author: Charles Harrington Elster
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: 2014-08-26
Genre: Study Aids
An SAT and ACT vocabulary-building program in the lively form of a mystery novel. Now students who take these entrance exams can learn more than 1,300 vocabulary words, improve reading comprehension, and enjoy a good story all at the same time. Includes exercises, glossary with page references.
An eccentric writer is finishing a manuscript about a rebellious boy named Huck when it suddenly disappears and in its place appears a strange contraption--a college student's laptop that has traveled through time.
Author: Larry Krieger
Publisher: Direct Hits Publishing
Release Date: 2011-02-07
Genre: Advanced placement programs (Education)
US History in a Flash is the definitive prep book for both the AP US History exam and the SAT II US History subject test. The book is based upon a bold new approach. Instead of trying to be a mini-textbook that covers everything, US History in a Flash uses the Direct Hits selective approach of only focusing on topics that have generated clusters of questions. Here are some of the book 's unique features: 40 chronological chapters that focus on 196 key topics. Each topic is covered in a vivid narrative outline.Over 100 study tips that tell students what to ignore and what to emphasize.Correlations to the treasure trove of information found at the College Board 's AP Central website.Detailed chapters on the DBQ and Free-Response essays that include annotated sample essays and thesis paragraphs.A triple tier study plan that includes long-term, mid-term and short term materials. The short-term materials include ten Top Ten lists of keypoints students absolutely, positively have to know.Additional coverage of post-World War II topics that are often skimmed over or even skipped in classes that fall behind schedule.SAT vocabulary words taken from the renowned Direct Hits vocabulary books are integrated and defined in the narrative.About the Author: Larry Krieger is the leading authority on US History, World History, Art History, and the SAT, having written over 20 books on the subjects. In a teaching career that has spanned over 40 years, Krieger has taught urban, rural, and suburban students. In 2004 and 2005, the College Board recognized Larry as one of America 's most successful AP teachers. Krieger is particularly proud of US History in a Flash. It contains a lifetime of key points, strategies, and tips for both the AP US History exam and the SAT II US History subject test.
Author: Larry Krieger
Release Date: 2008
Genre: SAT (Educational test)
An SAT vocabulary book written by an authority on the SAT. With 30 plus years of teaching experience, including 20 years of preparing students for the SAT, Krieger has developed an innovative book that raises vocabulary acumen as well as SAT scores. Receiving accolades from students, parents and educators, Krieger's unique approach has been researched and tested with students in classrooms across the country. Using a mixture of academic, historical and pop culture examples to help define the words, Krieger enlivens the material and makes it enjoyable for students to learn and remember.
Author: College Entrance Examination Board
Publisher: The College Board
Release Date: 2009-07-21
Genre: Study Aids
Offers test-taking strategies for the SAT, discussing each section and providing ten full-length tests, hundreds of practice questions, detailed reviews, a list of online resources, and coverage of the PSAT/NMSQT.
Author: Linda Carnevale
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Release Date: 2007-07-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
(back cover) " Brand New in the 3rd Edition-- " Special coaching to help you answer the important Literary Terms questions A brand-new lesson focuses on words found on the most recent SATs More Mini Word Clusters than ever More Memory tips & "Tricky Twins" More sentence completion exercises--many with two blanks Hot Words for the SAT gives you 35 highly concentrated vocabulary-building lessons, each presenting dozens of illustrative sentences that focus on a thematic word cluster. This time-tested and proven word builder will help you develop the fluent, college-level vocabulary that is crucial to your success on the SAT's Critical Reading section. Just as important, this book's vocabulary-building exercises will give you the word power you need to achieve a high score on the SAT's all-important Writing section. Think of Hot Words for the SAT as your personal tutor while you prepare to take that all-important college entrance exam.
Author: Direct Hits
Release Date: 2012-08
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Does developing a high-level vocabulary need to be a tedious, frustrating task? Direct Hits doesnt think so! Research has shown that a powerful and vibrant vocabulary has a high correlation with success in school, business, the professions, AND standardised tests, including the ACT, PSAT, SAT, SSAT, and AP exams. Direct Hits Core Vocabulary of the SAT offers a different approach. 'Direct Hits Core Vocabulary focuses on the words a student needs to know to achieve a Critical Reading score above a 500. This book includes the following features: Selective vocabulary found on recent SATs and PSATs used in context. No more memorising the definitions of long lists of seemingly random words in a vacuum; Relevant, vivid, and memorable examples from literature, historic events, contemporary issues, and pop culture; Six easy-to-tackle chapters covering core words, interesting people words, historical figure words, frequently used affixes, and tone words; A Fast Review for each chapter, with quick definitions; A Final Review with sentence completion questions just like real SATs and PSATs, including complete solution explanations Given the books ease of portability (not the size of a phone book), students are comfortable carrying this book with them to study another word or two when time permits.
Author: Erica L. Meltzer
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2015-06-15
Genre: English language
This updated edition of The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar provides comprehensive coverage of all the grammar and rhetoric tested on the redesigned SAT multiple choice Writing section. Dozens of exercises help students move from studying concepts individually to applying their skills in a passage-based context. Includes complete indices of College Board/Khan Academy questions, arranged both by category and by test. This book is intended to be used in conjunction with the Official College Board Guide, 3rd Ed. and with the Ultimate Guide to SAT(r) Grammar Workbook, 3rd Ed. (http://www.amazon.com/Edition-Ultimate-Grammar-Workbook-Volume/dp/1518794106). Errata p. 37, question 4. Choice D should read "sentence 3" (books purchased before 4/29/16). p. 56, question 5.3: A p. 88, question 5.1: A p. 119, question 3.2: A p. 121, question 6.2, answers should read as follows (books purchased before 4/29/16): A) NO CHANGE B) painting American Gothic C) painting American Gothic, D) painting, American Gothic