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Best SAT Study Books

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You need several SAT books, but you need only one book that is the latest (current year) edition and that probably should be The Official SAT Study Guide.  All other can be previous editions that are dirt cheap. For example Gruber 2003 is just $0.01 on Amazon ($4 with shipping).

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The Official SAT Study Guide

Gruber books

Gruber published his first book in 1978 or earlier. So those books are in print for 30 years ;-). The cheapest on Amazon is 2003 edition ($0.01; $4 with shipping).  Earlier editions are probably almost as good as the latest...

Gruber's SAT 2400- Inside Strategies to Outsmart the Toughest Questions and Achieve the Top Score

Gruber's Complete SAT Guide 2009 (Gruber's Complete SAT Guide -12th Edition)

3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but writing part weak, March 24, 2007
By  Isaac Brooks "Isaac Brooks" (Haifa, Israel) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gruber's Complete Preparation for the New SAT, 10th Edition (Paperback)

Most of this book is incredible. In math, for example, the author has 101 very technical questions, to pinpoint what you need to learn in material, and then covers the techniques of the questions, which is what the SAT tests, mostly. I have no trouble believing that his book will actually raise your IQ.

His section on the critical reading section is also great, with him including important latin and greek roots, prefixes and suffixes in addition to a long list of english words, an idea which is so brilliant that I wonder why nobody else does that.

I'm only giving it 3 stars, however, due to two major flaws. One is that the writing section is obviously tacked on to the rest of the book. His 14 questions that are supposedly the elite questions for determining if you can get into top colleges (basically, questions with a trick to them, without which they're extremely hard), consist of 7 math and 7 critical reading. Writing appears almost solely in the five full practice tests, and in a handful of questions in the chapter on the writing test (questions which effectively comprise the writing test chapter).

Furthermore, the questions are easy. I got 14/14 on the elite questions - this whilst doing them in my head. Flipping through the practice tests, I could do the toughest math questions in my end easily.

Gruber's Complete Preparation for the SAT (9th Edition) Gary Gruber Books

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Preparation for the scholastic aptitude test (SAT) by Gary R Gruber (Unknown Binding - 1978)

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