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Is it a good idea to practice the SAT Test with different books from different companies?

I am asking this question because I am getting ready for the SAT, and I have different book from different companies like College Board, Princeton, and Kaplan and I am no sure which book is best for SAT preparation.#sat Practice #college #college-advice

It depends, to be honest. If you want to understand different angles of the test and how different people think about developing techniques to answer questions, in order to understand the test better overall, then yes. But, usually, people will advise you to study from one type of book/company as it provide stability and a way to specialize in a certain, professional, well-developed way of thinking, in order that you may not get confused and overwhelmed with the different types of techniques stated by different companies. ALI RIZVI

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Kris’s Answer

Hi Anacletus

That's a very good question. Here are a few recommendations:

  1. Be thorough with your fundamentals. Review your Algebra and Geometry formulas. You can do this easily via your core curriculum text books. DO THE COLLEGE BOARD TESTS

Step 1: Do the College Board Test papers from the website. THIS IS A MUST DO!

Step 2: Maintain an error log - Question number, Test number -chapter/section/theme -strategy that went wrong

For instance: Q3, Test 8- wrong answer - Reading Comprehension - Literature passage - Main Idea concept.

Step 3: Find which strategies you are losing on the most. This will help you know where you should be careful and where you just have to refine your skills.

Step 4: Choose any test prep book and start learning strategies.

Step 5: Do all the tests from the college board again. Supplement it with the test prep books.

Optional: Have a study group where each student buys one book. Like you can buy Barrons, your friend can buy Kaplan and another can buy Princeton. Then, you can rotate it among yourselves.

Hope this helps! Good luck on the exam. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Sam’s Answer

I think one company should be okay as they often cover the SAT in a similar fashion. The College Board offers free practice via Khan Academy which may be worth looking into.

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R’s Answer

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Using different books is only a good idea if you think you will run out of practice materials - the best materials are the authentic tests made by the College Board. The others, in spite of good efforts, are suboptimal because the questions and answers could either fail to be as objective as they should or they could fail to duplicate the tendencies of the test.

These authentic materials are on the College Board’s website, at Khan Academy, and in the book written by the College Board. Additionally, the College Board website has two PSATs that are equivalent in content to SATs and are slightly shorter.

Other advice is based on my experience of developing techniques that have helped many get top and perfect scores.

  1. Work on test time management to develop a comfortable pace to finish the test on time.
  2. Don’t just practice. Evaluate how you are doing and learn from your mistakes.

In self-evaluation, learn the following:

  1. Know major content of Math and English,
  2. Spot bogus answers, especially identify categories in reading.
  3. Pick efficiently to spend the right amount of effort, not too much but also not too little.
  4. identify the tendencies of question types to understand criteria on how to respond.

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Kevin’s Answer

Yes, but the best material are actual past papers you can find it on college board

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Richard’s Answer

Just pick one and work through it. The different books mainly cover the same material over and over.

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Rachel’s Answer

Take as many practice tests as possible. I would work through the first book and then start additional books later. That may be better than trying to work through multiple books at once.