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Introduction | p. xv |
How This Book Helps You Succeed on the Exam | p. xv |
How to Use This Book | p. xvi |
You're on Your Way to Success | p. xvii |
About the CD | p. xvii |
SAT Basic | |
Getting Started | p. 3 |
How the SAT Is Used for College Admission | p. 3 |
When You Should Take the SAT (and SAT II) | p. 3 |
How Many Times You Should Take the SAT | p. 4 |
How to Register for the SAT | p. 5 |
Make an SAT Study Plan | p. 5 |
Working through Your Study Plan | p. 6 |
Summary: What You Need to Know about SAT Preparation | p. 9 |
Inside the SAT | p. 11 |
Get to Know the SAT Format | p. 11 |
Get to Know the SAT Question Types | p. 12 |
The SAT Answer Sheet | p. 13 |
How the SAT Is Scored | p. 15 |
Some Test-Wise Strategies for SAT Success | p. 15 |
Educated Guessing Will Boost Your Score! | p. 16 |
Getting Ready: The Night before and the Day of the Test | p. 18 |
Summary: Understand the SAT and Conquer Test Anxiety | p. 20 |
SAT Questions: A First Look | p. 21 |
How the SAT Tests Verbal Reasoning | p. 21 |
Understanding Analogies | p. 21 |
Understanding Sentence Completions | p. 23 |
Understanding Critical Reading | p. 24 |
How the SAT Tests Mathematical Reasoning | p. 25 |
Understanding Multiple-Choice Math | p. 25 |
Understanding Quantitative Comparisons | p. 29 |
Understanding Grid-Ins | p. 31 |
Summary: What You Need to Know about the SAT Question Types | p. 32 |
Diagnosing Strengths and Weaknesses | |
Diagnostic Test | p. 35 |
Diagnostic Test | p. 37 |
Answer Key | p. 65 |
Explanatory Answers | p. 67 |
Computing Your Scores | p. 78 |
Conversion Scales | p. 79 |
Self-Evaluation Charts | p. 79 |
Pinpointing Relative Strengths and Weaknesses | p. 80 |
Measuring Your Progress | p. 81 |
SAT Verbal Strategies | |
SAT Analogy Strategies | p. 85 |
A Closer Look at Analogies | p. 85 |
Solving Analogies: Strategies That Really Work | p. 86 |
Solving Analogies: The Best Tips | p. 90 |
Solving Analogies: The Most Important Warnings | p. 93 |
Exercise: Identifying Possible Right Answers | p. 94 |
Exercise Answers | p. 95 |
Summary: What You Need to Know about Analogies | p. 96 |
Exercises: Analogies | p. 97 |
Answer Keys and Explanations | p. 103 |
SAT Sentence Completion Strategies | p. 107 |
A Closer Look at Sentence Completions | p. 107 |
Methods and Strategies for Solving Sentence Completions | p. 108 |
Summary: What You Need to Know about Sentence Completions | p. 114 |
Exercises: Sentence Completions | p. 115 |
Answer Keys and Explanations | p. 123 |
SAT Critical Reading Strategies | p. 127 |
A Closer Look at Critical Reading | p. 127 |
Best Strategies for Answering Critical Reading Questions | p. 128 |
Learn the Most Important Critical Reading Tips | p. 134 |
Strategies for Answering Specific Question Types | p. 136 |
Summary: What You Need to Know about Critical Reading | p. 140 |
Exercises: Critical Reading | p. 141 |
Answer Keys and Explanations | p. 152 |
SAT Math Strategies | |
SAT Multiple-Choice Math Strategies | p. 159 |
Why Multiple-Choice Math Is Easier | p. 159 |
Solving Multiple-Choice Math Questions | p. 160 |
Know When to Use Your Calculator | p. 162 |
Learn the Most Important Multiple-Choice Math Tips | p. 162 |
Summary: What You Need to Know about Multiple-Choice Math | p. 172 |
Exercises: Multiple-Choice Math | p. 173 |
Answer Keys and Explanations | p. 178 |
SAT Quantitative Comparison Strategies | p. 181 |
Get to Know the Quantitative Comparison Format | p. 181 |
Solving Quantitative Comparisons | p. 182 |
Learn the Most Important Quantitative Comparison Tips | p. 184 |
The Best Tips | p. 190 |
The Most Important Warnings | p. 191 |
Summary: What You Need to Know about Quantitative Comparisons | p. 195 |
Exercises: Quantitative Comparisons | p. 196 |
Answer Keys and Explanations | p. 201 |
SAT Grid-In Strategies | p. 205 |
Why Grid-Ins Are Easier than You Think | p. 205 |
Take a Look at a Grid | p. 205 |
How to Record Your Answers | p. 206 |
Guessing on Grid-Ins Can't Hurt You | p. 210 |
Summary: What You Need to Know about Grid-Ins | p. 211 |
Exercises: Grid-Ins | p. 212 |
Answer Explanations | p. 217 |
SAT Vocabulary Prep Course | |
How Word Parts Work | p. 221 |
How Words are Built | p. 221 |
The Three Basic Word Parts and How They Work | p. 222 |
List of Common Word Parts | p. 223 |
Summary: What You Need to Know about Word Parts | p. 236 |
Exercises: Word Parts | p. 237 |
Answer Keys | p. 240 |
The SAT "Top 500" Word List | p. 241 |
The Best Ways to Learn New Words | p. 241 |
The Top 500 SAT Words | p. 242 |
Summary: What You Need to Know about SAT Words | p. 263 |
Exercises: SAT Words | p. 264 |
Answer Keys | p. 270 |
SAT Math Review | |
SAT Arithmetic Review | p. 273 |
Operations with Whole Numbers and Decimals | p. 273 |
Operations with Fractions | p. 277 |
Verbal Problems Involving Fractions | p. 282 |
Variation | p. 287 |
Finding Percents | p. 292 |
Verbal Problems Involving Percent | p. 299 |
Averages | p. 305 |
SAT Algebra Review | p. 311 |
Signed Numbers | p. 311 |
Linear Equations | p. 314 |
Exponents | p. 319 |
Quadratic Equations | p. 322 |
Literal Expressions | p. 327 |
Roots and Radicals | p. 331 |
Monomials and Polynomials | p. 335 |
Problem-Solving in Algebra | p. 339 |
Inequalities | p. 345 |
Defined Operation Problems | p. 350 |
SAT Geometry Review | p. 353 |
Area | p. 353 |
Perimeter | p. 354 |
Circles | p. 355 |
Volume | p. 356 |
Triangles | p. 357 |
Right Triangles | p. 358 |
Parallel Lines | p. 359 |
Polygons | p. 360 |
Similar Polygons | p. 361 |
Coordinate Geometry | p. 362 |
Practice Tests | |
Five Practice Examinations | p. 373 |
Simulate Test-Taking Conditions | p. 373 |
Timing Drills Can Help When You are Short on Time | p. 374 |
Summary: What You Need to Know to Take Practice Tests and Do Timing Drills | p. 376 |
p. 379 | |
Answers and Explanations | p. 407 |
p. 423 | |
Answers and Explanations | p. 452 |
p. 469 | |
Answers and Explanations | p. 498 |
p. 515 | |
Answers and Explanations | p. 545 |
p. 561 | |
Answers and Explanations | p. 592 |
Computing Your Scores | p. 603 |
Self-Evaluation Charts | p. 605 |
The PSAT/NMSQT | |
Preparing for PSAT/NMSQT | p. 609 |
How to Register for the PSAT/NMSQT | p. 609 |
Why the Student Search Survey Is Important | p. 610 |
How the PSAT Differs from the SAT | p. 610 |
Get to Know the PSAT Format | p. 611 |
How to Interpret and Use Your PSAT Scores | p. 611 |
How Your Selection Index Can Qualify You for National Merit | p. 612 |
Summary: What You Need to Know about the PSAT/NMSQT | p. 614 |
PSAT/NMSQT Practice Test | p. 617 |
Answers and Explanations | p. 645 |
Pinpointing Relative Strengths and Weaknesses on the PSAT/NMSQT | p. 656 |
Measuring Your Progress | p. 659 |
The Sat and Beyond | |
The New SAT and PSAT | p. 663 |
When? | p. 663 |
What? | p. 663 |
PSAT | p. 665 |
Why? | p. 666 |
What Does It Mean for You? | p. 667 |
Choosing the Right College | p. 669 |
Which College Is Right for You? | p. 669 |
Tips on Visiting Campuses | p. 671 |
Hanging out with Other Students On line | p. 672 |
College Sites on the Internet | p. 674 |
Applying to the College of Your Choice | p. 677 |
When to Apply | p. 677 |
How to Apply | p. 678 |
College Admissions Timeline | p. 680 |
Finding Financial Aid | p. 685 |
Figuring out Financial Aid | p. 685 |
What You Will Pay | p. 685 |
What's Covered by Financial Aid | p. 685 |
Sources of Financial Aid | p. 686 |
Finding Financial Aid On Line | p. 689 |
A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for Financial Aid | p. 691 |
Putting It All Together: The Financial Aid Calendar | p. 695 |
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