Gruber's Complete SAT Guide 2010

Gruber's Complete SAT Guide 2010

by Gary Gruber

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Overview

The #1 independent voice in test prep - complete SAT advice from the expert students trust.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Gary R. Gruber has been the leading authority on testing and test preparation - his Gruber Method has helped thousands of students develop critical thinking skills, dramatically boosting their scores on standardized tests. Now in its 13th edition, Gruber's Complete SAT Guide is the best and most effective complete study guide for students tackling the most important test of their lives.

Using the exclusive Gruber Method, Gruber's Complete SAT Guide points students toward a personal study plan that shows them their strengths and weaknesses through a revolutionary approach - evaluating not just what answer the student chose, but why they chose it! Once students know this, they can focus their studies on the areas that will boost their scores and increase their knowledge for life.

Featuring five full-length practice tests, Gruber's Complete SAT Guide has all the tools students need, including targeted sections on the math, reading and essays sections, plus everything students need to know for the new SAT format.

The Fastest, Easiest Way to Improve Scores

  • Quick quiz gives you a personal plan—strengths, weaknesses and what to study
  • Proven strategies based not just on answers, but why you chose the answer!
  • Inside info on how SAT questions are created
  • Student-praised grammar and vocab sections
  • Five full SAT practice tests - as close as you can get without taking the real test!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402225024
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Edition description: 13th Edition
Pages: 1052
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Gary R. Gruber, PhD is recognized nationally as the leading expert on the SAT, test-taking methods and critical thinking skills. His books on test taking and critical thinking skills have sold more than seven million copies.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
I. Important Facts About the SAT
II. The Inside Track on How SAT Questions Are Developed and How They Vary from Test to Test
III. What Are Critical Thinking Skills?
IV. Strategies for Women
V. Multi- Level Approaches to Solution of Problems
VI. A Four- Hour Study Program for the SAT
VII. Longer-Range Study Program and Helpful Steps for Using This Book
VIII. Format of the SAT

PART 1
STRATEGY DIAGNOSTIC TEST FOR THE SAT

Directions for Taking the Diagnostic Test
Strategy Diagnostic Test Answer Sheet
Section 1: Verbal Ability
Section 2: Math Ability
Strategy Diagnostic Test Answer and Diagnostic Table (Keyed to Strategies in book)

PART 2
THE SHORTEST SAT TEST—16 QUESTIONS TO APPROXIMATE YOUR SAT SCORE

Verbal (Critical Reading)
Math
Writing
Answers
Shortest SAT Test: What You Did Wrong, Explanatory Answers and Scoring, Strategies and Basic Skills
Needed to Improve

PART 3
THE 101 MOST IMPORTANT MATH QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SOLVE 29

101 Math Questions Answer Sheet
101 Math Questions Test
101 Math Questions: Answers
Basic Skills Math Diagnosis
Solutions, Generalizations, Rules

PART 4
STRATEGY SECTION

5 General Strategies
35 Easy- to- Learn Strategies
How to Learn the Strategies
Important Note on the Allowed Use of Calculators on the SAT
Important Note on Math Questions on the SAT
The Grid- Type Math Question
Use of a Calculator in the Grid- Type Question
19 Math Strategies
16 Verbal (Critical Reading) Strategies
4 Sentence Completion Strategies
Critical Reading Strategies
What Reading Comprehension Questions Ask
Getting Involved with the Passage
Introductory Passage 1
Breakdown and Underlining of Passage
How to Answer Reading Comprehension Questions Most Effectively
Introductory Passage 2
Introductory Passage 3
Summary
About the Double-Reading Passages
9 Reading Comprehension Strategies
3 Vocabulary Strategies

PART 5
MINI- MATH REFRESHER

PART 6
COMPLETE SAT MATH REFRESHER
Session #1—Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, etc.
Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
Deviations
Ratios and Proportions
Variations
Comparison of Fractions
Practice Test 1
Answer Key for Practice Test 1
Answers and Solutions for Practice Test 1
Session #2—Rate Problems
Word Problem Setup
Distance and Time
Work
Mixture
Cost
Practice Test 2
Answer Key for Practice Test 2
Answers and Solutions for Practice Test 2
Session #3— Area, Perimeter, and Volume Problems
Area, Perimeter, and Volume Problems
Practice Test 3
Answer Key for Practice Test 3
Answers and Solutions for Practice Test 3
Session #4—Algebra Problems
Algebraic Properties
Equations
Algebra of Graphs
Inequalities
Exponents and Roots
Practice Test 4
Answer Key for Practice Test 4
Answers and Solutions for Practice Test 4
Session #5— Geometry Problems
Basic Definitions
Triangles
Properties of Triangles
Four- Sided Figures
Many- Sided Figures
Circles
Practice Test 5
Answer Key for Practice Test 5
Answers and Solutions for Practice Test 5
Session #6— Miscellaneous Problems
Averages, Medians, and Modes
Series
Properties of Integers
Approximations
Combinations
Probability
The Absolute Value Sign
Functions
Practice Test 6
Answer Key for Practice Test 6
Answers and Solutions for Practice Test 6
Session #7—Tables, Charts, and Graphs
Charts and Graphs
Tables and Charts
Graphs
Bar Graphs
Circle Graphs
Line Graphs
Practice Test 7
Session #8—Modern Math
Sets
Relations
Solution Sets
Axioms
Closed Sets
Mathematical Symbols
Practice Test 8 and Solutions

PART 7
VOCABULARY BUILDING THAT IS GUARANTEED TO RAISE YOUR SAT SCORE

Knowing Word Meanings Is Essential for a Higher SAT Score
8 Steps to Word Power
The Gruber Prefix-Root-Suffix List That Gives You the Meanings of Over 150,000 Words
Roots
Prefixes
Suffixes
A List of SAT Words Appearing More Than Once on Actual SAT Exams
The 291 Most Important/Frequently Used SAT Words and Their Opposites
The Gruber SAT 3,400 Word List
100 Tests to Strengthen Your Vocabulary
Answers to Vocabulary Tests

PART 8
GRAMMAR AND USAGE REFRESHER

The Parts of Speech
Clauses and Phrases
The Sentence and Its Parts
Verbs
Nouns and Pronouns
Subject- Verb Relationship
Tense
Verbals
Mood and Voice
Modifiers—Adjectives, Adjective Phrases and Clauses
Modifiers (continued)—Adverbs, Adverbial Phrases and Clauses
Connectives
Correct Usage: Choosing the Right Word
Grammar and Usage Index

PART 9
THE SAT WRITING TEST

The SAT Writing Section
Content of the Writing Test
The Essay on the SAT Writing Test
The SAT Essay Scoring Guide
The Writing Sample
Sample Essays
Important Tips on How to Write the Best Essay
Other Types of Questions on the SAT Writing Test
Identifying Errors
Sample Questions with Answers
Improving Sentences
Sample Questions with Answers
Improving Paragraphs
Sample Test with Answers

PART 10
FIVE SAT PRACTICE TESTS

Five Important Reasons for Taking These Practice Tests
10 Tips for Taking the Practice Tests
Answer Sheet for Practice Test 1
SAT Practice Test 1
How Did You Do on This Test?
Answer Key for Practice Test 1
Raw- Score/Scaled Score Conversion Tables
Chart for Self- Appraisal Based on the Practice Test You Have Just Taken
Explanatory Answers for Practice Test 1
What You Must Do Now to Raise Your SAT Score
Answer Sheet for Practice Test 2
SAT Practice Test 2
How Did You Do on This Test?
Answer Key for Practice Test 2
Raw-Score/Scaled Score Conversion Tables
Chart for Self-Appraisal Based on the Practice Test You Have Just Taken
Explanatory Answers for Practice Test 2
What You Must Do Now to Raise Your SAT Score
Answer Sheet for Practice Test 3
SAT Practice Test 3
How Did You Do on This Test?
Answer Key for Practice Test 3
Raw-Score/Scaled Score Conversion Tables
Chart for Self-Appraisal Based on the Practice Test You Have Just Taken
Explanatory Answers for Practice Test 3
What You Must Do Now to Raise Your SAT Score
Answer Sheet for Practice Test 4
SAT Practice Test 4
How Did You Do on This Test?
Answer Key for Practice Test 4
Raw-Score/Scaled Score Conversion Tables
Chart for Self-Appraisal Based on the Practice Test You Have Just Taken
Explanatory Answers for Practice Test 4
What You Must Do Now to Raise Your SAT Score
Answer Sheet for Practice Test 5
SAT Practice Test 5
How Did You Do on This Test?
Answer Key for Practice Test 5
Raw-Score/Scaled Score Conversion Tables
Chart for Self-Appraisal Based on the Practice Test You Have Just Taken
Explanatory Answers for Practice Test 5
What You Must Do Now to Raise Your SAT Score

Appendices
Appendix A: Hot Prefixes and Roots
Appendix B: Words Commonly Mistaken for Each Other

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pbteacher More than 1 year ago
I have been using Dr. Gruber's books in my classes for my students for over 25 years and his editions get better and better. I disagree with one of the reviewers who says that there are no changes in this 13th Edition. There are in fact many changes. The Shortest Test has been changed and questions have been added. In all areas of the book, there are additions to the strategies, the tests, the basic skill material, etc. Explanatory answers have been further developed as well as much of the other material. This new edition is not to be without if you are taking the SAT or teaching for the SAT.
catling More than 1 year ago
every letter is the same as in the previous editions. Not worth it to overpay for this edition. Good luck with SAT! Overall, great reference would highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love this book as I don't need a school website link to it. This book has all I need to study for SAT. I'm keeping this book as I can use it for other grades and boost their knowledge on material in book. LOVE IT. I'm an Educator and teach middle and high schoolers.
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Jden More than 1 year ago
I've used Dr. Gruber's materials in my SAT classes before with phenomenal success, but this 13th Edition is the best of his yet. There are more examples and explanations to the questions and additions to his great "shortest SAT test." Some material is also explained on different levels. This is by far the best book on the subject and I can't wait to see his future editions. J. Denmark, New York