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181. A Is for Admission : The Insider's Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges
by Michele A. Hernández
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Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars A book that reveals the mystery of the admissions process
Michele Hernandez's book, "A Is for Admission," is a great piece of literature that gives high school students the opportunity to test their chances at a very selective institutions in the US. Being a high school senior actively involved in the process of application filling and essay writing, this book serves as the perfect guide to aid every part of the process. "A is for Admission" also provides the applicant with the most closely guarded secrets of the IVY Leaugue, such as the Admissions Index, the truth about legacies and minority recruitment. Beside the fact that Hernandez's writing sometimes seem a bit mediocre for her level of education, this book provided me with the utmost satisfaction and I'll never regret buying it.

5-0 out of 5 stars College Admission Secrets Revealed
This book claims to reveal admission secrets of the ivy league colleges, such as the so called "Academic Index" they use in evaluating an applicant's academic strength. Although most of the "secrets" do sound convincing, whether the they are definitely true or not, I do not know. Nontheless, the book contains plenty of useful and valuable tips on college application process which make it almost a MUST buy for a high schooler shooting for the top colleges in the nation. Some informations are slightly outdated.

5-0 out of 5 stars Let us read the GOOD book
This book is a must read for high school students or even jr high kids who want to have a vice grip on their college admissions. As a high school senior who read this after most of my applications were already turned in, I realized there was so much I could have done to organize my entire high school career and even stuff I could have done in jr. high to streamline the college admissions process. I've made lots of mistakes but after reading this, I understand better what colleges are looking for.

For all of those hopeful prospective college students, best wishes.

For the best book on writing college essays and writing in general, another bible to get is, On Writing the College Application Essay by Harry Bauld. The most unique way to shine above the tens of thousands of applicants is your essay. Take heed and delve into the wisdom of this book.

For the actual steps in handling an actual college application with meticulous detail that goes far beyond the general guidelines, also get Michele's Acing the College Application. Having an excellent academics and passions is worthless if you can't present it in an attractive manner. That's what this book is for.

5-0 out of 5 stars Demystifying, informative look at the application process
College applications are a mystifying process. With directions often never exceeding a sentence or two, students are often left with the question "Well, what exactly DO they want from me?" Well, this book tells you.

Mrs. Hernandez's brutally honest look into the application process lays everything out crystal clear for the reader to see. As they say, knowing is half the battle, and knowing how top colleges look at your application let you tailor your application so that the best qualities of you are shown. It also offers plenty of good advice on what to do if you're a NKB (Nice kid, but...) and aren't one of those people with a 1600 and have published their own bestselling novel.

The only warning I would have is that college admissions has gotten exponentially harder over the past 5 years since this book was published, and what is said in the book about Academic 7, 8 and 9's (i.e. the most academically qualified)isn't as true as it was five years ago. Current academic 7 8 9's would do well to take a look at the advice given to 4, 5, 6's as nothing is guaranteed in today's crapshoot that we call college admissions. Particularly, I feel the essay has become more and more important in differentiating between top qualified students.

Parents ought to start reading this book before their kid is in high school, so they can sort of guide their children in the right direction, but please please PLEASE don't give this book to kids until the start of their summer before senior year. I would shudder to think of a kid whose entire four years of high school were spent scheming about how to get into Harvard; high school is simply not a stepping stone into college, it's a time of learning to be taken in it's own right.

Overall, this was truly a wonderful book written in a straightforward, easily readable fashion that did loads for me in taking much of the guesswork out of college apps. Combine this with Harry Bauld's book on writing the college essay to truly make your application stand out. Also, if you plan on doing the Common Application, check out her other book on the Common Application. I haven't read it, but any little advantage you can get will only help you into getting into your first choice school.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
I am an assiduous student who is working to get into Princeton University. This book is mostly for those wanting into Dartmouth, but it can surely be applied to other colleges as well. The thing that was best was an explanation of the AI (Academic Index). Ms. Hernandez, however, was a less than adequate writer. Her writing was not very good, as is testified by other reviewers before me. Still, it was a good book, well worth 4 stars. ... Read more

182. Your MBA Game Plan: Proven Strategies for Getting into the Top Business Schools
by Omari Bouknight, Scott Shrum
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: Career Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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Getting into graduate business school has become an increasingly competitive and complicated process. Each year approximately 100,000 applications are sent to top schools. Written by two current MBA students who successfully gained admission into multiple schools, Your MBA Game Plan provides a strategic framework for putting together winning applications.

Your MBA Game Plan helps you navigate the application process by providing detailed analyses of every application component including:
--Data sheets

Essays and other application samples are provided to highlight strategies that successful applicants have employed to get into top schools. Your MBA Game Plan also demonstrates how to assemble a document that crystallizes your application strategy. Finally, this book shows you how to apply application strategy to 30 top schools.

With Your MBA Game Plan in hand you will be well positioned to gain admission to the top business schools. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A ticket to a top MBA program!
To cut a long story short, this book is your ticket to a top MBA program. It contains everything you need to know in order to apply a winning strategy.

There are a lot of books over there that claim to be complete guides. Their most apparent drawback is exactly that they try to be "complete" guides. They pack information that you can actually find in the school's website or irrelevant information that you'll probably never need. The problem however is that time is rarely in abundance when you struggle with MBA application preparation. What you need is concise information in order to craft a winning app. Nothing less and nothing more. This book sets itself apart in providing exactly this sort of advice. A general strategy guide (the "game plan") that can be applied to almost all b-schools and a couple of pages for each top-30 school that are MORE than helpful in crafting tailor-made information for each school (showing "fit"). In case you need extra info, there's always the Internet, where you can search. You don't need the school's brochures repeated in a book. Not only you don't need them, but you also don't want them. Since they are so similar anyway, you only want the DIFFERENTIATION factors between the schools.

There are many points about this book that make it stand out. It covers the whole application process, all types of essays, it provides sample essays WITH EXPLANATIONS for the key points that are shown. Since I haven't read ALL books out there, I cannot argue that these are unique characteristics. What is unique (apart from the cut-the-b*shit-and-show-where-the-actual-game-is philosophy) is that the authors of the book are available for questions! They maintain a very interesting thread at BusinessWeek forums where they offer free consulting services thus extending the book's usefulness. Besides, they maintain a very interesting website ( with up-to-date information about b-schools (deadlines, etc.) and a free essay-advice service. What else could you ask?

To sum up, this book is the first and probably the last one you'll ever need (along with an Internet connection) in order to successfully apply to a top business school. Along with the website and BW-forums thread, it puts competition in shame in terms of total usefulness. In terms of usefulness per page, there simply isn't any competition!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good complement to Montauk's book
This is a comprehensive guide for getting into the top business schools. It contains a number of pointers not usually found in other books that cover business schools and it assists you in devising your business school application strategy. I used this book along with Montauk's tome and I was admitted to Wharton and Tuck, waitlisted at Yale and Stanford. This book is a good complement to the Montauk volume.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best around for top-school applicants
While Richard Montauk's book may be more comprehensive, it is at times basic and not really suited for remarkable applicants aiming at the top b-schools.

Enter Shrum & Bouknight's superb guide - very focused and intelligent, and highly effective in showing the reader exactly how to build her strategy and position herself successfully for the top schools. The extra tools and complementary features in their website are great added features.

A great read too.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the bunch
I looked at almost every book on getting into a top MBA program, and have bought at least 4 or 5. Out of all of those I found this book to be the most helpful by far. I found the essay writing advice to be more accessible and easier to apply than others, I thought their analysis of the particular problems faced by different types of candidates was useful, and I thought their insights into the admissions process were valuable. Other books have more school-specific information, but for the general stuff there is no book that is better.

5-0 out of 5 stars It Works!!
I can tell you from experience: This book works! I have been admitted to Haas and Stanford for the Class of 2006, thanks in large part to this book. Before I bought the book I had no idea of how involved the application process is. I definitely underestimated how structured my application needed to be. But this book was the "kick in the pants" that I needed to realize that one needs more than a high GMAT score.

Probably the most valuable part for me was the section on recommendations. Give yourself PLENTY of time to get those taken care of, and expect to go through some re-writes with your recommender. When your recommenders don't appreciate how important this stuff is, you need to give them a ton of guidance. This section alone made the book worth it.

I can't compare this to other books since this is the only one that I bought (in addition to the Official GMAT Guide), but I can say without a doubt that it works! ... Read more

183. Cracking the GRE Math Test, 2nd Edition (Cracking the Gre Math Test)
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Catlog: Book (2002-09-17)
Publisher: Princeton Review
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Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the GRE Math Test is very different from getting straight A’s in school.We don't try to teach you everything there is to know about math–only the techniques you'll need to score higher on the test.There's a big difference.In Cracking the GRE Math Test, we'll teach you how to think like the test writers and

·Eliminate answer choices that look right but are planted to fool you
·Raise your score by focusing on the material most likely to appear on the test
·Test your knowledge with review questions for each math topic covered

This book includes one full-length practice GRE Math Test.All of our practice questions are like the ones you’ll see on the actual GRE Math Test, and we fully explain every solution.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not enough.
It a good book. It covers almost all topics from GRE Subject Test. But it has a lot of missprints and mistakes. So, you have to be very carefull while reading it.

The level of the real GRE Subject Test is very close to the level of the test in this book. And the tests published by ETS are much easier then the actual test.

This book alone is not enough if you wanna let more then 60% of people below you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Before you leave a review - please note!
This is NOT a book about the quantitative section of the general GRE! It is a book for those taking the MATH SUBJECT TEST for the GRE. Leaving a bad score for this book because you are confused about this issue is not fair to the author/publisher of this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Intimidating
After reading all the great reviews about this book I ordered it to begin preparing for the quantitaive section of the GRE's but I was in for a nasty shock after opening the first chapter! This book might be concise and well written however it's only for the well versed in math and not those who did the bare minimum since college or high school. This prep book assumes you know all the basics and takes off from there, however going through this book for someone like me is like studying latin, it makes no sense! Do yourself a favor start out with a book that prepares you from the BASICS and use this once you're thorough with your fundamentals, it'll save you time, money and a lot of anxeity.

5-0 out of 5 stars very helpful
Personally, I find all the books written by Steven Leduc extremely helpful. This book is not an exception. The topics are smoothly presented, and practice problems are very helpful. The candidate (for Math GRE, that is) will still need to get more practice in his/her weak areas even after reading this book. While this book is a great help, it should not be the only book used for GRE test preparation.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very good refresher
This is a very concise review of all the basic stuff you might learn as an undergraduate math major. The review of calculus is especially helpful, but not overbearing or overly detailed. Leduc gives simple and short explanations and jumps right into solving problems -- just what you need to know for the test and just enough to jump-start those old freshman year memories of intro calculus. ... Read more

184. Cliffs AP English Language and Composition
by Barbara V.Swovelin
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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CliffsAP English Language and Composition, 2nd Edition introduces you to the *Advanced Placement program's format and grading scale along with detailed analysis of question types and answers. It includes four full-length practice exams with full explanations for all multiple-choice answers and sample essay responses with analysis.

To really make your advanced level of study pay off, learn how to take the test in a way that will earn you the most credit. This guide to the *AP English Language and Composition Examination will help you maximize the fruits of your study.


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5-0 out of 5 stars The most relevant prep book in the market
CliffNotes' AP English Language and Composition is most relevant, cleanest, no-jokes prep book on the market. They have five practice tests, giving you ample preparation before the actual test. The instructions and advice are neatly organized, the writing is concise and easily comprehendible, and the content is helpful and not at all superfluous. This book has great value and could help any student taking the AP English exam.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stop lying
If I could I would give this book zero stars because it is the worste book that I have ever read in my entire life! I went through all the practice tests, studied all the literary terms and my scores on the practice test never improved. I got the same score of a 2 over and over again. Don't buy this book. It is a waste of your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars The ONLY book you'll need
This book is definitely the only book necessary for the AP English Language and Composition exam. Especially important for the multiple choice section of the exam, is knowledge of literary term definitions. This book has a short section devoted to clear and coherent definitions of such terms. The other part of the exam consists of writing three essays. While a book cannot teach how to write, this book does an excellent job of helping the test-taker understand what the essay question is asking, and how to answer it. Each essay question is followed by sample essays, and explanations of how each was scored. This book is absolutely essential for the exam, and it helped me get a 5.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source of Study
This book really helped me last year to get a 5 on the AP exam. The review is comprehensive, pertinent, and detailed. The practice exams are terrific - they mirror the AP exam very closely. This book gives good information and tips on the multiple choice and essay sections - the explanations and problem explanations really help you reach a new level of understanding. I highly recommend this book - it is very valuable!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book for AP English Language and Composition
This book was a requirement for my AP Class last year. Throughout the year, my class worked with the book as our main tool for studying for the AP Exam. Although the sample tests are not EXACTLY like the real test, they are the closest questions in terms of type and difficulty than any other review book out there, including Barrons and the like. I highly recommend this book if you are taking the AP Eng. Lang & Comp test. Purchasing other review books in addition to this would be helpful, but purchasing any other review book INSTEAD of this one is a mistake. ... Read more

185. Master the Miller Analogies Test 2005 ( Academic Test Preparation Series)
by William Bader, Daniel S. Burt, David M. Killoran
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This book features teacher-tested tips that provide students with much-needed help in developing efficient test-taking techniques in order to score high on the Miller Analogies Test. It breaks analogies down into common categories, including Synonyms, Antonyms, Cause and Effect, Action to Object, Purpose, Use, Function, etc… ... Read more

186. Calculus (Cliffs Quick Review)
by Bernard V.Zandy, Jonathan J.White
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
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When it comes to pinpointing the stuff you really need to know, nobody does it better than CliffsNotes. This fast, effective tutorial helps you master core Calculus concepts – from functions, limits, and derivatives to differentials, integration, and definite integrals – and get the best possible grade.

At CliffsNotes, we're dedicated to helping you do your best, no matter how challenging the subject. Our authors are veteran teachers and talented writers who know how to cut to the chase – and zero in on the essential information you need to succeed. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent quick reference
I bought this slim little book when I was first taking Calculus in High School. It helped me immensely with learning and studying Calculus, and provided a great refresher come test time. Since then, I have sometimes needed a formula, and this manual has again been very useful. Calculus is one of those things you forget if you don't use it, and I was in danger of forgetting it when I took a Physics class which required a basic knowledge of Calculus. Thanks in part to this little book, I was able to brush up on the subject and be prepared for my class, though it has been several years since I first learned Calculus in High School and I have had little occasion to use it since.

This quick review will provide an excellent study guide for anyone, like myself, who doesn't use Calculus in everyday life but still doesn't want to forget it. It has definitely proved to be worth its weight in gold for me!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Calculus Resources
I've been teaching myself Calculus using this book as one of my main resources for about a couple of months now and I am learning a lot from it. It may not help much if you need English explanations, but it is great if you are trying to find the bare essentials of understanding a concept or the whole Calculus, and not a whole lot of fluff.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion for begining Calc
Get this useful little book if your learning Calc form the get go. It will hold its own in your Calc I and Calc II classes. A great supplement. ... Read more

187. On Writing the College Application Essay : The Key to Acceptance and the College of your Choice
by Harry Bauld
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Vital information for every college applicant. A former Ivy League admissions officer provides tough and funny advice on coming up with the best essay possible. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Understand essay process & write one that shows the real you
This book gives an excellent and easy to read look at writing your college application essay. If you are just going to read a book and not do the exercises, this is a great choice - it doesn't have any exercises. Instead, the emphasis is on finding your own voice and telling your story. For example, he gives a list of the most overused, deadly topics and then shows how you can write a really good essay on one of the "forbidden" topics. He also includes a number of sample essays with comments from real college admissions officers - so you can see for yourself the difference between good, bad and mediocre.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful, and funny, too
This is a superbly-written guide to writing college application essays; one would be wise to apply the advice this book offers to everything one writes. I highly recommend this witty and informative guide to anyone going through the college application process.

4-0 out of 5 stars What not to do
As Bauld states up front, the proper question is not - "What should my essay be about?" - but rather - "What should I avoid?" Speaking from the position of someone who has had to endure the tedious job of reading college admissions essays, Bauld describes the process from *their* point of view to give the reader some insight into things that will immediately get you relegated to the "reject" or "wait list" stack. The list of cliches is short, easy to understand, and easy to identify in my own attempts at writing.

In addition to that invaluable service of pointing out the pitfalls, the book offers some basic guidelines on essay writing. Obviously, it can't replace years of slacking off in school, so most students should know some of these things before they begin the admissions process, but it doesn't hurt to have a concise list of what to do and especially what *not* to do. I liked having the refresher - sometimes we have to be reminded about little rules and annoyances.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Guide to Written Such Great Aplication Easy!
The book is so great for written such a great easy that I actually GOT INTO HARVARD because I did everything he says and I got in because of it. After all I was always a really good writer but I didn't think I had need to use an guide book after all, but I read it after all and look, it really did it work!!! My good written got even better and made me get into any really great school. So if you think you don't need help you are a good writer to, you might be actually surprized by you actually IMPROVE you're all ready good stile, but try it anyway and you will actually see just how many more easys you actually CAN what he says and you to actually will get into the colege of you're DREAMS! Im so excited. Thank you mr Bauld.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but incomplete
As noted by many others, this is a very good book for helping applicants write their essays. But this book should not replace a guide to college admissions; in fact, while Bauld does a great job focusing on the essay, his does miss a few important tips and strategies that the more general guides include. I suggest buying this book along with books by Jay Mathews or Andrew Allen--two very good, general guides. ... Read more

188. Cracking the AP Chemistry Exam, 2004-2005 Edition
by Paul Foglino
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-13)
Publisher: Princeton Review
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Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the AP Chemistry Exam is very different from getting straight A’s in school.We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about chemistry–only what you’ll need to score higher on the exam. There’s a big difference.In Cracking the AP Chemistry Exam, we’ll teach you how to think like the test makers and
-Score higher by reviewing key chemistry concepts
-Earn more points by familiarizing yourself with the format of the test
-Safeguard yourself against traps that can lower your score
-Perfect your skills with review questions in each chapter
This book includes 2 full-length practice AP Chemistry tests. All of our practice questions are like the ones you’ll see on the actual exam, and we fully explain every answer.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Review for any AP Test!!
This book is the best study aid I've ever used before. I actually used the 02-03 edition, but the book has remained essentially unchanged for the past few years. I didn't have an AP Chem class, only Chem 3, which did only so much to prepare me for the test. Instead I read through this book 2-3 times (which actually didn't take that long after I read it the first time) and did a few practice free reponse tests. I devoted all my studying time to this test (and not to my English Lit or US History, both of which I got 4's on), and doing this got me a solid 5 on the AP Chem. There were maybe 2-3 questions on the entire test I didn't know. Overall, this book covers almost every aspect that the test can test you on, with the exception of something that has to do w/ absorbity (which is new to the test, and I chose not to do that free response problem), and some lab questions, which you must learn on your own in a real lab situation. If you are taking the AP Chem test, buy this book or rent it from your local library (like me). It will be well worth it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me get a 5!
I took AP Chemistry last year and yesterday I just got my scores. I got a 5 in chemistry! I was shocked because I had a horrible chemistry teacher who told us nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and labs wouldn't be on the test which is why he didn't cover it! This book (the 02-03 edition) helped me significantly because of all its practice questions and nicely explained explainations. It makes chemistry seem so easy and if you memorize everything in that book (and know labs), you will ace the AP test. There were only 4 questions out of 75 on the AP test that I didn't know! Another excellent book was the CliffNotes book for those of you who are like me and had a chemistry teacher who did not do any of the labs. That book gives a lot of details on the labs so you will get all the lab questions right even if you've never done a lab. But one important thing to remember is you can not cram with APs. I started studying 3 months with this book before the test and I took a lot of real practice tests.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book
this was an awesome book. If you read it in conjunction with the lectures and prepare yourself decently this book will help you get a 5. It did for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Preparation Guide
This book is an excellent preparation guide for the AP chemistry exam, it includes hundreds of practice AP questions similar to the national exam itself. It is a quick read if you are preparing late for the exam and has a very organized and user friendly format dividing the sections in to the main concepts covered by the AP exam and offerring excellent preparation questions in those areas. The difficulty level of the questions however is open to discussion as some questions in the book are slightly less difficult or complex as the questions asked on the actual national exam, however the majority are equivalent in difficulty to the exam. As for the free response section of the exam, this book provides excellent sample essay questions very similar to the exam in its intricacies and meticulous detailing of the questions forcing one to think deeply in to an answer. The book however does not provide answers that explain the answer to the question in great depth however with the information provided by the answer, one who is knowledged in chemistry can conclude what a proper AP exam answer would read. A main dividing factor between the free response section of exams in this book and of the real exam is that the real exam's "equilibrium problem" has many more parts to complete than that of the samples. The samples provide only 4 or 5 parts to the mathematical problems, whereas on the exam you can expect to find problems with 7 to 8 parts, and some of the types of questions encountered in the 4 extra parts are never discussed in this book. The exam takes the mathematical questions to a higher level than this book and requires one to analyze further the situation of a problem and provide further calculations to demonstrate understanding, this princeton review book does not discuss this. However, all together this book has great value and i highly reccomend it for any brave enough to challenge the AP chemistry exam, it is an essential material for its practice questions and was a cornerstone for me to score my 5 on the AP chemistry national exam. My advice to those aspiring AP chemistry exammers is to buy as many books with practice exams as you can and take as many full length exams as possible, they are the most helpful tool that you can find, and the princeton review offers this exceptionally.

4-0 out of 5 stars decent review
This book deserves credit for being concise, but comes up short on the coverage of some areas, such as descriptive chemistry. In addition, it has some material that is no longer on the AP test, such as root mean square speed of a gas molecule. Nevertheless, this review is about as good as it gets for any test prep company. Buy this book. ... Read more

189. Cracking the LSAT with Sample Tests on CD-ROM, 2005 Edition (Cracking the Lsat With Sample Tests on CD-Rom)
by Adam Robinson, Kevin Blemel
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not at all helpful
I bought this book with the idea that it would improve my performance on the LSAT. I have to say that the structure of the book is really poor. It tells you to skip test questions, which does not seem to be a very intelligent concept. It also tells you to guess on anything and everything you get stuck on, because you can come back to it.

I think that this is bad advice. The whole idea of taking the LSAT is to test what you know, not a guessing game. I will stick to practicing on the "real" tests like the "10 More Actual, Official LSAT Preptests" provided by LSAC. This book is boring and lacks helpful information, unless you think guessing is fun. And if so, go ahead brainiac, waste your hard earned dollar. ... Read more

190. Kaplan GRE Exam Verbal Workbook : Third Edition (Kaplan Gre Verbal Workbook)
by Kaplan
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
Publisher: Kaplan
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Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Are you ready for the GRE Verbal Section? You will be.

Kaplan's GRE Exam Verbal Workbook, Third Edition comes complete with a targeted review of all the tested material on the Verbal section of the GRE, plus Kaplan's renowned test-taking strategies. This powerful combination makes Kaplan's GREExam Verbal Workbook the most effective way for you to score higher on what is often described as the most challenging section of the GRE.

In-Depth Review of Analogies, Reading Comprehension, Sentence Completion, and Antonyms -- with practice drills in every chapter.

Special Chapter on Analytical Writing to help you score well on this section of the GRE, including tips for writing clearly, concisely, and effectively.

Exclusive Strategies to manage time, master all the question types, and succeed on the computer-adaptive GRE exam.

A Mini-Dictionary for the Verbal Section of over 1,000 words -- including special tips for the "Top 200" words most often found on the test. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Preparation - It can be amusing too...)))
Two Important Points:

1. Vocabulary... Nightmares of GRE takers, especially if English is not your native language... And even if it is...:-)
O.k., this book is indeed much better than, say, Barron's Verbal section in this way:
the authors use an innovative approach to the crucial but often neglected because the time lacks,- part of GRE Verbal - vocabulary lists. Even though you decide not to buy this one, apply this tactic: design your own WORD CATEGORIES - and you WILL NOT forget those words.

List words you don't know on a sheet of paper in two colomns, each having a meaning opposite to another (HESITATE : ACT QUICKLY, for exemple. Hesitate: Dither, Falter, Waver, Luggard...; Act Quickly:Apace,Impetuous, Precipitate etc..).
More possible groupings:

Working so will make ANTONYMS section of the GRE a piece of cake, and, for sure, will boost your ANALOGIES score.(cause what do you think you were doing, making up your word groups? Preparing indirectly for exactly those GRE sections:-)

This book presents the vocab in exactly this manner. The only disadvantage is that they give a limited number of words. As for me, I had to complete the categories they suggested with words taken from "Barron's: How to Prepare For the GRE" 3,500 word list.

2. As for helpful techniques for specific GRE VERBAl sections, the book is fraught with very efficient hints. I Highly recommend it, really.

Good luck on the test!

4-0 out of 5 stars good ideas - adjust them and use them!
Two Important Points:

1. Vocabulary... Nightmares of GRE takers, especially if English is not your native language... And even if it is...:-)
O.k., this book is indeed much better than, say, Barron's Verbal section in this way:
the authors use an innovative approach to the crucial but often neglected because the time lacks,- part of GRE Verbal - vocabulary lists. Even though you decide not to buy this one, apply this tactic: design your own WORD CATEGORIES - and you WILL NOT forget those words.

List words you don't know on a sheet of paper in two colomns, each having a meaning opposite to another (HESITATE : ACT QUICKLY, for exemple. Hesitate: Dither, Falter, Waver, Luggard...; Act Quickly:Apace,Impetuous, Precipitate etc..).
More possible groupings:

Working so will make ANTONYMS section of the GRE a piece of cake, and, for sure, will boost your ANALOGIES score.(cause what do you think you were doing, making up your word groups? Preparing indirectly for exactly those GRE sections:-)

This book presents the vocab in exactly this manner. The only disadvantage is that they give a limited number of words. As for me, I had to complete the categories they suggested with words taken from "Barron's: How to Prepare For the GRE" 3,500 word list.

2. As for helpful techniques for specific GRE VERBAl sections, the book is fraught with very efficient hints. I Highly recommend it, really.

Good luck on the test!

5-0 out of 5 stars Success!
I myself am not one who tests well. I am the person who chokes from test anxiety. I was applying to grad school as an English Major, knowing that the most important score for me, on the GRE, was the verbal score. Conscious of my test-taking history, I purchased the book in an attempt to subdue apprehension and buttress my confidence. Having taken the test, and scoring 200 points higher than I had expected, I would advise anyone who relates to test anxiety to sacrifice the money and buy the book. Follow the advice it gives and it will prove to be your advocate.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great start for GRE verbal prep--if you have the time
I took the GRE a few months ago and began practicing about six weeks before the test. I was mainly interested in scoring well on the verbal section, which was why I picked up this book. For the most part, I found it useful, with in-depth looks at each component of the verbal section of the GRE. The vocabulary was especially useful, but it's important to make flashcards and truly memorize the words, not just skim them before the test. Be forewarned that this book takes a while to work through. I spent about an hour on it each day the six weeks before the test and still didn't get through all the supplemental exercises and word lists at the back of the book.

One downside of this book is that its language is a bit more stilted than some other guides', especially the Princeton Review's; Kaplan is thorough, but slightly less user-friendly. This, however, is a minor annoyance and shouldn't stop anyone from buying the book.

To really boost your score, I suggest using this book in conjunction with one that covers the entire GRE; for me, the Princeton Review book and this one were a good pair. (Make sure you don't buy Kaplan's general GRE study book--the one that covers all three sections--if you buy this, because you're going to end up duplicating virtually all the verbal section info (as it is an extended version of Kaplan's larger tome).

Additionally, in selecting a supplement to this, consider one with a CD that lets you take practice tests. I'm a regular computer user, and even practiced with the CD, but still found it moderately difficult to adjust to the computer, and ended up getting a little flustered on the test because of how the computer program was working (AND the little annoying facts like having to look back and forth from the scrath paper to the the computer screen, back and forth). Even so, using this book and the Princeton Review book together for 1-2 hours every day the six weeks before the test raised my verbal score from the 89th percentile to the 97th, my analytical from the 88th to the 98th, and my math from the 70th to the 80th. I highly recommend this--and think the GRE, unlike, say, the LSAT, is a test for which you can easily study on your own without taking a class.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I always have trouble with the verbal sections of standardized tests, so I knew I'd need extra help studying for the GRE. This book gave me everything I needed to do well! There's a whole section devoted to analogies, which always trip me up, as well as Sentence Completions and Reading Comprehension. The part that was most useful for me, though, was the great Vocaulary Builder section at the back of the book that provides a word root list, gives tips on grouping words with similar meanings to learn a bunch of words more easily, and even the top words to know for the GRE. Overall, I think it's the best book out there! ... Read more

191. Acing the A+ Certification Exam
by Patrick Regan
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Designed for the CompTIA A+ Certification exam preparation (in fact, a test fee voucher is included with the package), this book covers the information needed by today's PC technician. It includes all the material needed to pass this most popular exam, the industry standard for validating the skills expected of an entry-level computer technician.This book covers how to assemble and disassemble a PC, all major components, DOS, Windows 9X (Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Millenium), Windows NT Family (Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP), and networking. Easy to read yet comprehensive, this is the perfect tutorial for installation, configuring, and troubleshooting the PC; it covers entirely the November 2003 objectives set by CompTIA, numerous questions, hands-on exercises, and examples.For those in the entry level of the following positions: computer operator, field support technician, hardware installation coordinator, network support technician, operating systems specialist, PC technician, service center technician, and those in software application support. ... Read more

192. Kaplan GRE Psychology
by Michael Palmer, Kaplan
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Are You Ready for the GRE® Psychology Exam?

Kaplan's GRE® Psychology comes complete with a targeted review of the psychology you'll see on the exam plus Kaplan's highly effective test-taking strategies. With this powerful combination, Kaplan's GRE® Psychology will help you get the score you need to get into the top psychology graduate programs. You will score higher. We guarantee it.

Intensive Psychology Review

•Comprehensive review covering social psychology, developmental psychology, personality, abnormal psychology, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, learning and ethology, cognitive psychology, research design, statistics, and tests.

•Practice sets for each section with a detailed explanation for every answer.

•Key names and terminology highlighted throughout the text.

•Extensive psychology glossary.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great review
I haven't taken the test yet; however, I have already received my bachelor's degree in psychology. This book sums up the four years of psych. classes I took. It does miss some things, but it would be impossible to cover everything you learn in college. It is a great review nonetheless. I would not recommend it for anyone who has not already had all of the main subjects in psychology. It is simply a review, not a learning tool. There are mini tests after each section, which are nice. It is a lot of reading, so be prepared to start studying a couple of months before the test.

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE
After reading all the amazon reviews of psych GRE books I decided on two: Kaplan and Princeton Review. Although I had plenty of time to study (over 3 months), I focused 90% of my time studying Princeton Review, mainly because of its less intimidating size. BIG MISTAKE. By the time I got to read through Kaplan, I realized just how much important material I had missed. However, by then it was too late to read through the whole book, as the test was only a couple weeks week away. Although I had memorized theorists and definitions galore from Princeton Review, I did not do well on the test. Practice GREs scored me in the 99th percentile, so of course I thought I was on the right track. Wrong! I only scored a 600 on the exam and was truly disappointed. I was even more disappointed when I realized everything I needed to do well on the exam was right in front of me with Kaplan. In fact, if I had not studied at least some of Kaplan, I don't think I would have even hit 600! All the material that I did go over from Kaplan was on the test, while the massive definitions and theorists Princeton Review provided did nothing to help me answer the more in-depth type of questions that the GRE calls for. Kaplan is a great book because it actually goes into great detail about the material you need to know! I was extremely disappointed in Princeton Review and in myself for wasting my time. If I take the exam again I will study this book throughly and stay far, far away from Princeton Review. Not only is this book extremely thorough and allows for a very clear understanding of the is actually very interesting to read! Why memorize 2-sentence blurbs that don't really make sense and doesn't really teach you anything, when you can actually LEARN and UNDERSTAND the material. The size might be a little nerve-wracking, but if you're really invested in doing well on this exam I highly suggest this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars so far so good
I haven't taken the test, yet, so I can't say for sure how applicable this book is to the actual test, but I am finding the Kaplan to be very well written. It appears to go into the right level of depth without overwhelming you. I find the examples very helpful.

I also have the ARCO (difficult to find as it is out of print) which came highly recommended. The Arco book is more concise than Kaplan (about half the pages), but for unfamiliar material it feels like a memorization fest. The Arco, however, may be more on track with what is actually tested by the GRE (or so I hear). So the combination of the two books is what I hope works.

I have leafed through the Princeton Review, and it seems even more concise than the Arco. Doesn't work for me, but I don't have a full major in Psychology. If this is all just review for you, PR might be fine.

2-0 out of 5 stars Lots of Stuff, Lots of Errors
I am disappointed at the amount of errors in the text and in figures here. If I didn't have a basic understanding of most of this, I would be incredibly frustrated. Proper names are misspelled, somehow the word "Conservation" got switched to "conversation," and figures, meant to teach are out and out wrong. I didn't look at the Princeton book, but if I had the time, I would.

4-0 out of 5 stars Depth: yes. Width: go w/ the Princeton Review
The practice tests are nice: Two full length ones, and scattered mini tests, for sections.(With explanations.) ... Read more

193. Arco Special Agent Deputy U.S. Marshal: Treasury Enforcement Agent (Arco Civil Service Test Tutor)
by Eve P. Steinberg, Eve Steinberg
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5-0 out of 5 stars Special Agent Deputy US Marshall Treasury Enforcement Agent
I checked out both this book and the Learning Express 'Complete Preparation Guidebook to the Treasury Enforcement Agent Exam' and can honestly say that the level of difficulty in the Steinberg book ('Special Agent Deputy US Marshall..) is more in line with the actual exam than the Learning Express book. I only had the better book for 2 days prior and the amount and depth of material it covers regarding the most difficult parts of the test far outweighs that of the Learning Express book, (the math and investigative portions). Also, the Learning Express books sample test questions do not even compare to the actual exam; they are simply far too easy and can give one a false sense of confidence. In some instances, age might make time an issue because one can only take this exam once per year, as in my case (there is an age max for the TEA position of 37 by certification). I used the better book for two days and passed the exam the first time! Don't be fooled; do it right the first time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for TEA
Let me tell you, this book is great!! If you had to pick one book to study for the TEA-pick this one!! The sample tests are just like the real thing. In fact, I found the book to be a little harder than the actual test. If you KNOW and UNDERSTAND the sample tests you will feel comfortable with the real thing.
The test taking tips are very helpful too. However,I don't want to make the test sound easy-it's no walk in the park. Spend as many hours as you can studying these tests and you will find great success on the TEA. This book helped me PASS the Custom's Service Special Agent TEA!!
This book will steer you in the right direction.
In addition, I found the example booklet given out by the Customs Service to be helpful too. It's very elementary compared to the real test but still offers some good sample questions and guidence for the real thing. Even pick up the "Learning Express" TEA book too. Just study the test taking tips section only. That section is helpful. However, be aware, the Learning Express sample tests aren't anywhere close to the real thing.
Good Luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Passed on first try using this book.
This book is very good in preparing you for the TEA exam. I studied for weeks using the learn a test book and thought that I was ready. Then, I read some of these reviews and found out that I was not ready. I only had this book for two days, studying continuously, and was still able to pass the exam. This book gives a good idea for the investigative portion of the exam, and both the math and verbal sections are slightly harder than this book. The exercises in this book do a good job of preparing you. DO NOT GET THE OTHER STUDY GUIDE (LEARN A TEST GUIDE) GET THIS BOOK.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Study Book
This book will fully prepare you for the TEA Exam. I took the exam for Customs, and this book helped me out alot. It has all of the formulas you need to know for the Math Section. This book is alot better than the Learning Express book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Study Guide for the TEA
I bought this book when I applied for the US Customs and Secret Service this past summer. In combination with the study guide Customs sent, I felt prepared for all three sections of the TEA Exam. The questions in the book were realistic in terms of content and difficulty of the exam. The investigative questions were actually more difficult in the study guide than the actual test. The math and verbal reasoning sections was about the same complexity as the study guide. I reviewed the other study guide that is available and it had very little relative content, particularly with the math section because it was far to easy.

I passed the test and it is not overly difficult if you are prepared for it, but it should not be taken lightly. I recommend using the Arco book instead of the other TEA study guide that is available over the web or book stores. ... Read more

194. Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much
by Richard Vedder
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Catlog: Book (2004-06)
Publisher: American Enterprise Institute Press
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The dramatic rise in university tuition costs is placing a greater financial burden on millions of college-bound Americans and their families. Yet only a fraction of the additional money colleges are collecting—twenty-one cents on the dollar—goes toward instruction. And, by many measures, colleges are doing a worse job of educating Americans. Why are we spending more—and getting less? In Going Broke by Degree, economist Richard Vedder examines the causes of the college tuition crisis. He warns that exorbitant tuition hikes are not sustainable, and explores ways to reverse this alarming trend.

Vedder's research demonstrates that America’s universities have become less productive, less efficient, and more likely to use tuition money and state and federal grants to subsidize noninstructional activities such as as athletics. These factors combine to produce dramatic hikes in tuition, making it more difficult for Americans to afford college.

Vedder believes that competition from for-profit universities (the fastest growing sector in higher education), computer-based distance learning, and nonuniversity certification of skills can be a powerful force for needed change. He suggests that possible solutions to the tuition crisis include modifying tenure, increasing teaching loads, paring administrative staffs, increasing distance learning, and cutting costly noneducational programs. He also suggests even more dramatic changes, including transforming state grants to universities into student voucher programs, as well as other steps to increase privatization of state universities. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Bringing accountability to higher education
Dr. Vedder's book and insights reaffirm the issue facing both our system of higher education and our state and local governments - how to pay for the growth of our post secondary education system and prepare students to become productive and qualified workers.

With less than 20% of college costs being covered by tutition, on average, in the U.S. and graduation rates at 4 year colleges (over a 6 year period) in the 50% range and at 2 year colleges (over a 3 year period) below 30%, it is hard to see how the public can continue to subsidize a system that fails to acknowledge its obligation to educate students, not build organizations and infrastructures that are uneconomic.

Unfortunately these issues were clearly oulined in 1998 in "Straight Talk About College Costs And Prices", Report Of The National Commission On the Cost Of Higher Education, January 21, 1998, (...)

Where the Commission said:

"This Commission, therefore, finds itself in the discomfiting position of acknowledging that the nation's academic institutions, justly renowned for their ability to analyze practically every other major economic activity in the United States, have not devoted similar analytic attention to their own internal financial structures. Blessed, until recently, with sufficient resources that allowed questions about costs or internal cross-subsidies to be avoided, academic institutions now find themselves confronting hard questions about whether their spending patterns match their priorities and about how to communicate the choices they have made to the public"

Over the next several years this topic that will start to show how little our politicans understand about one our country's most prized assets and also highlight the fact that our university professors and administrators care much more about their own quality of life that that of their proported customer, the students. ... Read more

195. Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools You Should Know About Even If You're Not a Straight-A Student
by Loren Pope
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Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
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In this revised and expanded guide, College Placement Bureau Director Loren Pope profiles forty colleges that excel at developing potential, values, initiative, and risk--taking in a wide range of students. This new edition includes a revised group of colleges and for the first time addresses the issues of home schooling, learning disabilities, and single--sex education. Pope encourages students to be hard--nosed consumers when visiting colleges, and shows how the college experience can enrich every young person's life, whether they are "A," "B," or "C" students.

Included in the profiles are:

• Evaluations of each school's program and "personality"
Interviews with undergraduates, professors, and deans
Information on what happens to the graduates and what they think of their college experience.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent unconventional wisdom!
This book was a key factor in college selection for our seventh child to attend college. Without it, she would probably be at a top-name university which is best suited for graduate students, and not the community of learning of a small liberal arts school. What's more, she was offered merit scholarships (not need-based) from 7 of 8 of the schools on Pope's list to which she applied. (The so-called "top" universities give very few merit-based scholarships). She is in her second year at the College of Wooster, and I believe that she is happier and receiving a better college experience than she would have at Duke, where she was also accepted. The only drawbacks are that very few have heard of these schools, and the nearly-universal "conventional wisdom" fails to recognize the important truths that Loren Pope's books explain. His book "Looking Beyond the Ivies," was also helpful. This book may turn your college search upside down!

5-0 out of 5 stars Vital to the inspired student
This book is a guide to extraordinary colleges for extraordinary students. The schools are for those gifted in more (or other) ways than just getting good grades. The amazing thing is that these schools are also for ANYONE. I believe they all accept over 1/2 those who apply, and in most cases "accepting" doen't just mean matriculation, but acceptence into the community as a respected human being. "Hazing" of any form doesn't fit in most of these communities, because it does not respect the new community member. (USMA is a great school. How welcome would be a person who refused to bear arms? Would they be willing to abandon hazing?)

These colleges help the students develop more than their knowledge. They help them develop their understanding, their wisdom, and their hearts. We forget that there can be much more to a college education than the coursework and the degree, and when we do so we invite things like the cheating scandal that wracked otherwise excellent institution of USMA (West Point).

Guilford and Marlboro are legendary in their ability to help students develop. St. Olaf, Ursinus and Earlham are extraordinary places as well. How many students know of their secrets, or have even heard of them? Far too few. If you know a young person who wants to be more than a cog in the machine, give them this book so that they may be among the few who Know.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not essential
I debated between 2 stars and 3 stars, and eventually settled on three with some reservations:

1. This book works great as a supplement to several others, NOT as a stand-alone book. The profiles are good, though a little repetitive. Can it be true that EVERY student Mr. Pope talked to loved his or her college as much as it seems? The other material in this book is not in-depth enough to justify using it as a primary source. Note: The back cover promises a discussion on how to get financial aid, but such a discussion doesn't exist (at least I couldn't find it). Maybe this discussion was buried in some of the profiles that I didn't read -- there was only one short paragraph on financial aid in the general information part of the book. Basically, "don't worry, it's a great investment and these schools will give you as much aid as they possibly can." Thanks, but for some people a good public university may be a better fit and a better investment.

2. Mr. Pope is very upfront with his small-school bias, but I have a hard time believing that small liberal arts schools are best for everybody. He would have you believe this, and it just isn't true. Frankly, if his comment in the book that he "almost never" recommends school with over 5000 students to his clients is true, then I think he is doing a disservice to his clients.

With those caveats in mind, the book does provide solid reasons for why Mr. Pope is so gung-ho on these schools. It's a good book to have to counter-balance the "Get Into An Ivy League School or Die Trying" guides that flood the market.

It's a quick read, so do yourself a favor and buy it (or better yet borrow a copy from a Guidance Office) in order to find some schools you or your children haven't thought of, but use it along with something like "Harvard Schmarvard" by Jay Matthews for a more balanced view.

2-0 out of 5 stars Creative recommendation but obsolete data
This is a sequel to the author's first book: "Looking Beyond the Ivy League." It has the same qualities and flaws as the first book. This list of colleges gives you a great incentive to explore small liberal arts colleges not only back East but all over the country. That is a good thing.

On the other hand, some of his information is out of date. Out of the 40 recommended colleges, I found myself screening out 20 of them because of either low freshman retention rate, low graduation rate, and low percentage of graduates going on to graduate schools. In other words, half of these recommended schools are actually poor college educational performers. This is obviously way too high a failure percentage (50%) to give this book any higher rating than I have.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Anyone Thinking About College
This book has really opened up our college search. I was against smaller schools (under 5000) for my son Bill who is on track to be his high school class valedictorian despite some severe learning disabilites he has learned to compensate for. He loves to be challenged mentally and physically. Bill looks forward have stimulating interactions with new faces, wants to take advantage of a study abroad program and wishes to play tennis at the collegiate level. Oh, and he would like it to be somewhere warm preferably Florida.
I strongly encouraged that he go with a division III school. A division III school offers no athletic scholarships but usually offers attractive merit scholarships. They emphasize the students academic growth with a strong competive athletic atmosphere being secondary.
I began my search by going to the NCAA website, looking for participating schools with strong tennis records. Then I checked out the individual schools websites looking for a good personal match. While on the road visiting Rollins and Emory we spent a few hours in a book store. I had sellected a very large stack of books on the college process. Auspiciously Loren Pope's book was one which I pulled off the shelf to look over. It is quite a bit smaller in stature than most books found in the college guide section but has turned out to be by far the most informative, readable book I have spent time with so far. I believe in serendipity. We just happened into the store in Ocala FL, smaller than the store we usually go to at home. I have not seen this title on the shelves at our local store.
I have invested in quite a college resource library which I plan to donate to Bill's High School when we have completed out search, this book is one which I will have to buy additional copy because I can't let go of this one. It has become well worn like the Velveteen Rabbit with my notes throughout. So many of the Division II and III tennis schools I found listed on the NCAA website are listed in this book. I have found myself looking over schools listed throughout the book looking for other matches for other kids we know.
The book immediatley caught my attention with it's "You Don't Know as Much as You Think You Do" section. Loren Pope provides thought provoking commentary on common misconceptions made by college bound students and their families. I doubt there is a very high percentage of families who have been exposed to more than a handful of colleges and what they have to offer. I have totally revised my opinion on the size school and the "Brand Name" education doesn't necessarily equal the quality of higher education desired by my son.
My son thrives on new experiences. This book has educated us on what is out there and what types of things we want to look for and consider when making the ultimate decision. We knew in an abstract way what Bill wanted to get out of college but this book was able to help us define our search.
This book is very readable. Colleges are broken down by region with only 6 to 10 pages of descriptions gained from interviews with staff and students during visits. There are usually several comparisons to different schools within the section. The author has an extensive background and expertise in guiding prospective students.
I will continue to recommend this book to everyone I get into a college discussion with. It is at the top of my gift giving list.
I hate to say this but this book makes a person think out of the typical college search box. ... Read more

196. REA's AP US History Test Prep with TESTware Software
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5-0 out of 5 stars Weigh your options
Nobody's going to kid you, AP U.S. History is a tough class. If you're looking to do really well, you're probably going to have to work hard all year preceding the exam. Choosing a test-prep book is a confusing process, considering the myriad options. Your first step to doing well is buying this book. I've flipped through every other test-prep book out there; none come anywhere close to being this comprehensive. Instead of memorizing facts that may or may not be on the test (your sorry luck if they're not!), this book will give you enough information to understand the course of events, making it easier to deduce a correct answer within the options presented. If you give yourself enough time to actually review all of the material in the book, there will be no surprises on the test. The practice tests will over-prepare you if anything (I wasn't doing particularly well on any of them, but I managed a 5 on test day). Just a note, if you're looking to save a few dollars, consider the edition without the computer software. It might be easier to point and click while you're reviewing, but that option won't be there when the proctor hands you the test.

5-0 out of 5 stars Concise and Effective
With one week left before the 2001 A.P. U.S. History exam, I picked up a copy of this book at a local bookstore. The most helpful feature of this book is the outline of all of the important material that you need to know for the test. The textbook used in school was very wordy; with the outline, I got the bottom line right away. I ended up with a 4 on the exam, so I was very satisfied. Now, I did have to work throughout the school year, but this book definately made it easy to review.

One warning...while the sample tests are helpful in reviewing, don't use them as a guide to determine how well you'll do on the test. The ones in book tended to be more detailed than the actual test.

4-0 out of 5 stars AP sophmore
i took this as a sophmore and we didn't have an official class but i had a pretty good teacher, the book was pretty good for looking up events and the tests were really helpful because they explained all the answers and essays. there wasn't any index though so you have to look up things using the chronology. i don't reccommend buying the version with the CD Rom because some of the tests are the same. i passed the AP anyways =)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not what they seem to say!
Alright, everyone has been praising this book and it is obviously because they have a LOT of dedication. I bought this book from amazon and was extremely excited. I opened it up and my jaw DROPPED! It is comprehensive, but that's not why I was shocked. IT IS DOWN RIGHT BORING. If you're like me, you need something to keep you awake. I love test prep that works and that's is why I am warning you to stay away.
Yeah, it has information, but not even as comprehensive as Peterson's or Princeton Review's. The sections were very minor and didn't have much detail on certain events. There were no practice questions after sections! I guess I would buy it for the practice tests but even those weren't great. Check out Arco, Kaplan, of Princeton Review. Any Barron's or REA book is horrible (even the format was boring:just plain paragraphs, no margins, sidenotes, concentrated material, jokes, pictures).

5-0 out of 5 stars Best one out there!!!
this book by far is the best US AP review book out there! I took the AP class and didn't have that great of a teacher... we were on WWI during AP time.. and by reading this book, I got all the necessary info on WWII, veitnam/coldwar also, that we hadn't covered in class.
Personally speaking you don't even need to read the textbook ( I had bailey's American Pageant) which was simply bad. This book overs all the needed info, and nothing that is not required!
Buy it, read the whole thing, take one or two practice tests and you are sure to get atleast a 3/4!
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197. Cracking the CLEP, 4th Edition (Cracking the Clep)
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Catlog: Book (2000-05-09)
Publisher: Princeton Review
Sales Rank: 17131
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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The Princeton Review knows that acing the CLEP is very different from getting straight A's in school. The Princeton Review doesn't try to teach you everything there is to know about every subject -- only the techniques that you need to score higher on the CLEP. There's a big difference. In Cracking the CLEP, The Princeton Review will teach you how to think like the test makers.

This is accomplished by teaching you how to:
Eliminate answer choices that look right but are planted to fool you
Avoid the tricky Restructuring Sentences and Analyzing Writing questions on the English exam
Tackle he Humanities exam by using clues in the questions
Crack the algebra problems by "plugging in" numbers in place of letters
Ace thew Social and Natural Science exams by tailoring your review to the tests

*This book includes five full-length diagnostic exams that will predict your score on the CLEP. The questions in these tests are exactly like the ones you'll find on the real CLEP, and every solution is fully explained.

Contents include:

I Orientation
What is the CLEP?
Basic Test-Taking Techniques
II How to Crack the CLEP General Exam in English Comp
Overview of the English Comp Exam
Grammar Review
Question Types
The Essay Question
TPR Review Sample English Comp Exam
Answers and Explanations to the English Comp Exam
III How to Crack the CLEP General Exam in College Math
Overview of the College Math Exam
Math Review
TPR Sample College Math Exam
Answers and Explanations to the College Math Exam
IV How to Crack the CLEP General Exam in Humanities
Overview of the Humanities Exam
TPR Sample Humanities Exam
Answers and Explanations to the Humanities Exam
V How to Crack the CLEP General Exam in Social Sciences
Overview of the Social Sciences Exam
TPR Sample Social Sciences Exam
Answers and Explanations to the Social Sciences Exam
VI How to Crack the CLEP General Exam in Natural Sciences
Overview of the Natural Sciences Exam
TPR Sample Natural Sciences Exam
Answers and Explanations of the Natural Sciences Exam
VII CLEP Subject Exams
Overview of the CLEP Subject Exams
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5-0 out of 5 stars the clep in itself
I bought this book on a whim....when it came down to test taking time, I read over the chapters I needed and any problems I couldn't understand, there was a simple and easy to read understanding of how to solve the problem. After taking the College Mathematics Clep, I would encourage anyone to take it and also buy this book. It was just as if I was going over the book again when I took the test.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Cracked it!
This book provided a real view of the content on the College Math CLEP test. I took the CLEP this weekend and passed, thanks to "Cracking the CLEP." I was amazed at how true and honest the book was as far as what information I needed to know and review. Many sections were covered in detail, while others the author explained that I simply need to know the basic premise. After completing the test, and looking back at the book, many of the questions were even phrased similarly.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in challenging credits. The cost of the book and the CLEP test far out weigh the cost of taking two long, long math classes!

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than peterson's or for College Mathemat
Okay, I just took the clep and passed with a 66. I have peterson's 2005, and I've tried Both were more difficult than the clep. Cracking the clep was perfect for taking the actual clep (college mathematics) They show you how to plug in variables because it's a multiple choice test. They don't really go over binary, but I believe there was only one binary question on the test. Incredible, no more math for me! I love you Cracking the Clep!

5-0 out of 5 stars Forget the Official Guide - this is the one
The questions in this book are actually much harder than the ones in the official CLEP review book, and it tells you WHY the wrong answer is incorrect. On test day I was amazed how easy the correct (or incorrect) answers were to spot due to the invaluable tips from this book (there are no tips in the official book). I took the English Comp with Essay. The first part was a breeze. One part 2, the essay itself, I totally blanked on the statement I was asked to write about, timed out, and far and away wrote the worst essay of my life...and still passed with a 59!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous CLEP Guide!
This book is the best one I have found for an overall review. It made studying easy and fun too! The first few chapters contain very valuable test taking tips. I took the English Comp and passed with a 69 (about an A). I know I got many more questions correct because of this book! I highly recommend it. ... Read more

198. The GMAT for Dummies
by SuzeeVlk
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Asin: 0764552511
Catlog: Book (2000-05-03)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 35304
Average Customer Review: 2.18 out of 5 stars
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The bad news is, you can't avoid the GMAT torture if you intend to go to graduate business school. Because of the grade inflation that skews GPAs, most graduate business schools now require the GMAT as a way of separating the wheat from the chaff. Now for the good news: By doing well on the GMAT you can overcome years of goofing off in school. A dynamite GMAT score can get you into a graduate program that otherwise wouldn't look twice at you and your C+ GPA. On the other hand, even with a GPA of 4.0 from a top-flight school, you'll be facing some pretty stiff competition, and a high GMAT score could make the difference between being admitted or not.

If you're one of the quarter of a million business school hopefuls taking the GMAT this year, you'll want to use this friendly guide to help you outsmart the competition. Written by long-time test prep coach Suzee Vlk, The GMAT For Dummies offers you an enjoyable way to get quickly up to speed with what you need to know to:

  • Fine-tune your test-taking skills
  • Bring the right stuff to the test
  • Psych out the test
  • Spot traps built into test questions
  • Figure out the point behind questions
  • Make the best educated guesses
  • Combat test-taking anxiety
  • Use your breaks wisely
  • Save time and beat the clock

The GMAT For Dummies features dozens of practice questions, two complete practice tests, and reviews to help you monitor your progress. And it's loaded with test-taking tips, tricks, and expert advice on how to:

  • Assess your strengths and weaknesses
  • Think "the GMAT way"
  • Approach different types of questions
  • Nail the grammar questions
  • Ace the reading comprehension and critical reasoning questions
  • Shine on the analytical writing assessments
  • Master the general math questions
  • Excel on the data sufficiency math questions

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great book, for what it is
This is a great book if you only take it for what it is meant to be: a starting point. I purchased this book to begin studying for my GMAT with no intentions of it being the only book I would use. The book does an excellent job of explaining the GMAT in general and does a great job teaching to the writing portion of the test. The math review and verbal review are good places to start, but unless you are very strong already in these areas, you will likely need another book to complement this one. I think this is an excellent book and is certainly a much better read than any of the other GMAT prep books I have used.

4-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & Excellent GMAT Preparation
I strongly disagree with some of the other reviewers' assessments of this book. First, one of the reviewers seems to have very poor grammar skills to begin with, so I distrust the claim from that reviewer that many of the answers in this book are incorrect. I admit that I found a few answers to be questionable, but when I did some further investigating, they turned out to be right. I studied from this book and this book alone before I took the GMAT, and I got an outstanding score! Every single sample problem in this book was on the GMAT test in some form or another. And, because the author provided such insightful tips & tricks, I recognized all the traps on the GMAT and managed to avoid most of them. The only reason I'm rating this book with 4 stars versus 5 stars is that I did find some grammatical errors within the text of the book itself, and I thought the editors could have done a better job at catching those errors. I would also strongly recommend a supplemental book if you are having more difficulty with either the grammar or the math problems because, once you take the practice exams, the questions & answers become too familiar & there's not much more you can learn from your errors.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too light in content to be useful
Quite frankly this is a difficult test. Typically the ... For Dummies books do a great job in giving information on a subject. This book treats the subject matter too light. The publisher did not catch the many errors in mathematical formulas, and if this is your only reasource, your not going to do well. The first two chapters that explain basic information about the test, do an excellent job. The book looses ground quickly at that point and in the end does a poor job in preparing you for the exam if this is your only source of studing for the exam.

1-0 out of 5 stars Would've been great if it weren't for the mistakes
I started studying for the GMAT with this book, and at first it seemed like a good idea. The book seemed like it was delivering good content with a really funny humorous style. But later on I realized the flaw in that approach.

The GMAT test isn't fun! You go in there and you're in for 3 1/2 of the most stressful hours in your life! The questions aren't funny and none of the answers is ridiculously wrong. After taking the test I felt like I was a soldier thrown into a brutal battle after being trained on fighting with water pistols! The book might give you the tactics you need to know for the GMAT, but along with that, it puts you in the wrong spirits for the test.

Another fatal flaw is found in the fact that some of the math laws provided are wrong! When I reached the math section I noticed that there was something wrong, but I couldn't put my hand on it, especially that I haven't rubbed shoulders with math since I graduated from college. However I eventually discovered that some symbols were MISSING and that's what made some of the examples lacking sense! Luckily, I was able to identify the missing symbols and filled in the blanks and that helped get over that problem.

I liked the author. She was really funny and her kindness was present in her work. But this book isn't what I would recommend for anyone wanting to study for the GMAT.

1-0 out of 5 stars Several errors in the practice exams
Steer clear of this book -- it seems to be out of print, so I suppose that shouldn't be hard. At least in the 4th edition, there are numerous outright errors (mathemtical symbols missing, grammatical mistakes, and typos) in both the practice questions and sample exams that make it difficult to take it seriously. Unfortunately, this book is simply a waste of money. ... Read more

199. CCIE Practical Studies, Vol. 2 (CCIE Self-Study)
by Karl Solie, Leah Lynch
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Asin: 1587050722
Catlog: Book (2003-11-10)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Sales Rank: 138132
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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Gain hands-on experience for the CCIE Lab Exam with volume two of the best-selling CCIE Practical Studies title from Cisco Press

  • Experience putting concepts into practice with lab scenarios that guide you in applying what you know
  • Learn how to build a practice lab for your CCIE lab exam preparation
  • Take five full-blown practice labs that mimic the actual lab exam environment

CCIE Practical Studies, Volume II leads CCIE candidates through the process of preparing for the CCIE lab exam by presenting them with a series of challenging laboratory exercises. A perfect companion to the best-selling first edition, this book provides coverage of CCIE lab exam topics not covered in Volume I, like the Cisco Catalyst 3550, route maps, BGP, Multicast, and QoS. Combined with Volume I, the CCIE candidate will get comprehensive coverage of the routing and switching portions of the Routing and Switching, Security, and Service Provider lab exams.

The book begins with brief coverage of the core technologies required on the CCIE lab exam and includes suggested references for further reading. Laboratory exercises covering each of the core technologies follow, providing detailed guides to applying the technologies in real network settings. The final chapter of the book concludes with five hands-on lab exercises.These comprehensive practice labs include all of the technologies and gradually increase in difficulty level. They present readers with scenarios similar to what they will face on the actual lab exam. Study tips and test-taking techniques are included throughout the book.


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5-0 out of 5 stars Great material for advanced networks or CCIE
Whether you're chasing the improbable CCIE certification or building an advanced network, "CCIE Self Study: CCIE Practical Studies, Volume II" by Karl Solie and Leah Lynch, ISBN 1587050722 is a guide to several key topics along the way. More than just a CCIE study guide, this book balances test preparation and real world skills in an informative but easy-to-read book. Without a word of review from the first volume, the first chapter hits the street and it doesn't look back. In addition, detailed practice labs are interspersed with the subject material so the reader can "make permanent" the skills being covered.

Book Sections:

Advanced Switching, focusing on the Catalyst 3550
Route maps, Policy-based routing
Multicast Routing
Performance Management
Quality of Service
BGP Theory and Practice

Several of the chapters covered those elusive details that are never covered well enough in the documentation. The chapter on route maps and policy routing exposes the true flow of match statements and deny clauses, while the QoS chapter covers just the right amount to help the reader simulate live traffic through an RSVP-enabled network.

The BGP chapters (350 pages!) cover peer establishment troubleshooting (oh so important for the CCIE exam!) and the finer points of developing a large-scale network (not just the options, but the deciding factors and the ramifications thereof). Carefully separated into theory, practice, and advanced topics, the authors lead the reader steadily through design, implementation, and tuning topics. The CCIE exam requires the candidate to able to conquer all of these issues in rapid fashion, and the BGP chapters cover the relevant details with a solid structure and a clear vision.

After the topics are covered, the authors include five strong practice labs to challenge the candidate's study and knowledge. If the BGP chapters weren't worth the price tag themselves, these five labs add even more value for those pursuing the CCIE certification. Like the individual topic labs, these full "test" labs are written in a manner that can be adapted to a minimalist's home lab or a full complement of routers as outlined in the prestaging sections.

My first time through the book (with the practice labs postponed until later) took only two nights, and left me re-energized in my studies. Without tying up the reader with review of topics from Volume I or material found in other common titles, the authors get very deep on topics without making assumptions of the little things. No book (or editor?) is perfect, but the authors found a strong team of reviewers to give it their best shot. There's a minimum of errors and typos throughout the book, above the average for the twenty books I've read in the past six months.

If you're pursuing the CCIE leather jacket or fortifying your production network, this book is a welcome addition to your library. My only hope is that MPLS doesn't end up on the Routing & Switching exam (or the authors cover that topic soon)!

4-0 out of 5 stars Worth the price of admission!
I am a multiple CCIE looking for all around knowledge of subjects, including the multiple topics listed in this book. Having read the first volume in the series, I wanted to learn the tips and tricks of the authors. I can honestly say that
although this book is good and worth the read, it was not as good as the first book. There are also much better books
to read on some of the topics listed in this book (see Halabi & Parkhurst for BGP) but the authors do add good examples to their explanations.

The best part of the book is the route-filtering and the queuing chapters. The switching chapter wasn't all that bad either with a deep dive into Spanning Tree as well as the features of the 3550. I was impressed with the output of the show/debug commands which shows us that the authors actually tested their configurations and allows the reader to follow along even if they don't have real gear to test the scenarios out.

Some of the material in the book was extraneous and felt a little like filler when reading it (the chapters on ATM and the Switching modes) but those were easily outdone by the BGP topic scenarios.

The full scale labs at the end of the book were really good and tested potential candidates on core areas and would give candidates an accurate account of the type of scenarios they should know for the real world.

4-0 out of 5 stars CCIE Practical Studies, Volume II sets good example
CCIE Practical Studies Volume II is the latest in the CCIE Practical Studies series. This book is not just intended for individuals who have completed the CCIE written test, but for anyone who has advanced knowledge of networking theory. The book assumes you already have an understanding of routing protocols, WAN technologies, and LAN switching. Each chapter includes a section on theory but primarily focuses on the configuration aspect ending with several lab scenarios. CCIE Practical Studies Volume II includes five complete lab scenarios including the solutions on CD-ROM. These five lab scenarios are in addition to the regular labs at the end of each chapter. This book will especially appeal to those working towards their CCNP or CCIE, but also for anyone who is looking for extensive configuration examples of ethernet switching (3550), network access and propagation control, multicast routing, QOS and performance management, and advanced BGP configuration.

Karl Solie and Leah Lynch do an excellent job of providing the user with a complete set of configuration examples within each chapter. Many books on the market focus on networking theory with basic configurations added to supplement the theory. Typically, the examples in other books are not very complex or useful for real world situations. CCIE Practical Studies Volume II provides the reader with complex solutions that more closely resemble the CCIE lab exam. In addition, the examples used in the book are more practical than those used in most books on the market. The majority of the exercises are easy to follow, but as I stressed in the first paragraph you should have a more advanced knowledge to understand the complete solution.

In addition to the extensive Lab examples used throughout the book, each author has proven to write their specific chapters in a clear, consistent manner. Lynch wrote the QoS and BGP chapters consisting of the second half of the book. Although the majority of the BGP section is well written and thorough, I expected to see more details and examples in the BGP route policy chapter. As far as the other authors, the beginning of the book has a very good section on Route Maps and Policy-Based Routing. All chapters are easy to read and include additional references for further reading. I would recommend reading additional titles by either of the primary authors of this book.

In summary, Solie and Lynch wrote a solid continuation of the CCIE Practical Studies series keeping on track with the CCIE lab outline. The book did not reveal any significant amount of errors as seen in other titles preparing you for the CCIE exam. As a result, you spent less time trying to understand the examples and correcting author's mistakes and more time learning what is required to pass the exam. Although this is not the only book you should use to prepare for when practicing labs in BGP, QoS, Multicast Routing, Advanced Switching, Route Map and Policy-Based Routing, it is an excellent resource. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 and would recommend this book as a primary source when studying for the CCIE lab exam due to its extensive lab examples and explanations.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Follow-up to Vol. I and Great Study Guide!
A CCIE candidate has to be very careful about the books he/she may select as a study guide. Most often, the two biggest problems about a CCIE study guide is either the material is extremely dated or the book itself is riddled with errors and is elementary on the topic it professes to educate the reader about. Thankfully, Karl Solie's CCIE Practical Studies Vol. II is neither of these.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Solie's first CCIE Practical Studies. I was disappointed in other CCIE study guides, notably the earlier Hutnik/Saterlee "CCIE Lab Practice Kit". Practical Studies Vol. I, while having some dated material such as coverage of the Cat5xxx Series, provides an excellent treatment and foundation for Layer 2 protocols and IGPs. The labs at the end of the book were also of excellent quality.

I picked up CCIE Practical Studies in late December as a last minute addition to my CCIE prep library. I was scheduled to take the lab in February, and I anxiously awaited arrival. Needless to say, I was not disappointed! CCIE Practical Studies Vol. II coverage begins where Vol. I left off. The topics of focus include the Cat3550s, route-maps, multicast, and BGP. I found the chapters on BGP especially helpful. Upon completion of these chapters and labs, I had a much better grasp on BGP and the protocol's bells, whistles, and knobs. The appendix includes a great piece on prefix lists, an absolute must for any CCIE candidate. Finally, the labs at the end of the book were terrific, on par to many of the various "boot camp labs" available for purchase.

If I must provide one negative, it is that the author was inconsistent on providing IOS requirements needed to complete the labs. Sometimes Solie was kind enough to let me know I needed 12.2(T) or 12.3, and other times it was overlooked. As a result, during one lab, I needed to upgrade my IOS code and swap a router in the middle of my practice. A pain but, certainly not the end of the world.

As for my lab, I passed on February 26, 2004, CCIE #12932. I firmly believe that I would not have passed if not for Solie's wonderful treatment of BGP in CCIE Practical Studies Vol. II!

3-0 out of 5 stars Practical Studies Volume 2 (a path toward CCIE certification
CCIE Practical Studies, Volume II (Karl Solie & Leah Lynch) shows CCIE candidates a process for CCIE lab exam preparation. A good book to be read along with Volume I of the same tittle provides coverage of CCIE lab exam topics not covered in Volume I: route maps, BGP, QoS, and Multicast. Together with Volume I, the CCIE candidate experiences comprehensive coverage of the Routing & Switching, Security, and Service Provider labs. This book is recommended by CCIE training groups such as NLI & IPExpert.

Summary: What I liked about the book. It is very detailed and includes practice labs. Because of its in depth detailed coverage of topics such as Route Maps, it will likely remain a source of reference for the next 10 years.

Where the book could be improved. After passing the written test many candidates want to take the theory and apply it to some practical purpose: such as how to pass the lab and with the maximum confidence and skill possible. Sorting through all the theory for the commands that will be necessary can be tedious. Additionally, many CCIE books mention very little concerning how to go about acquiring your own lab equipment: ISDN simulator, using a 1750 for voice vs. purchasing voice modules; yet, the R&S CCIE page suggests that this is likely the most important process ie. `hands on preparation.`

If the reader is looking for loads of information concerning BGP, Route Maps, etc this book is the answer; however, if you have already passed the written test and are preparing for the lab it may be better to spend time on actually configuring your own network equipment that you have already purchased on ebay at a discounted price. Somewhere I noticed that a reader had cruised through this fine text in 2 evenings. At close to 900 pages it could take 2 days just to page through it... reading & comprehending the very detailed concepts should take most mortals much much longer.

Conclusion: Overall I recommend the book as a neccessary desktop reference in companion with Volume 1 and along with Doyle`s TCP/IP, and an R&S config book by IPEXPERT. Sometimes less is more & while I would like to know everything about the world and also networking, for the CCIE lab I am mostly concerned with which commands are neccessary to get the darn thing working & also, how to interpret tricky vague questions that may require disabling `inverse arp` for instance. Likely, becoming intimate with practice labs is the best solution in conjunction with owning as much lab equipment as you can afford. ... Read more

200. Kanji Study Cards
by James Heisig
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not very durable
The main reason I bought these cards was to save myself the time and effort of making my own - and to this end, they serve their purpose. Yet while the information on each card is great, I have a few complaints. First of all, the quality of the box and the cards is basic and not particularly durable. The box is made of light cardboard, and the cards are also made of fairly lightweight card paper. For the price I expected better quality. Another feature I don't like, but which seems to be the standard for Kanji cards, is that rather than turn over the card from left to right (or right to left) like a page, you turn it "up and over". Any more complaints? Yes, a little colour coding on the cards would be nice. However, I do appreciate the effort put into creating these cards, and hopefully future editions will be more durable, more colourful and a little cheaper.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for lazy people like myself
This set of more than 2000 flash cards, is an excellent supplement to James Heisig`s Remembering the Kanji.
The price is rather stiff though; but I think it`s worth it, as creating the cards yourself is an extremely boring and time-consuming task. The cards follow the format described in Remembering the Kanji. A nice box in which you can store your cards, is included as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Computer Flash Cards; Kanji Gold
The Kanji Study Cards are great. If you wish to add a computer flash card component to your study regimen, there's a great program that uses the Hesig's format. "Kanji Gold" by Dr. Hewgill is a free 3MB download that is very popular. Just run a search for it on Yahoo. "ganbatte"

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion to Remembering the Kanji series.
Flashcards for Kanji studies are almost a must have tool and there are 2 ways to make your flashcards set: the difficult way is do it yourself and the easy one is to buy already made cards. I've tried both ways and if you don't want to spend time cutting paper and looking for kanji info in dictionary (and it is not a small quantity of time and efforts), then James W. Heisig's Kanji Study Cards is the perfect solution. The only serious drawback is the price of 130 US$, but in my opinion their study value is worth the money I've spent. The card come packaged in file cabinet like carrying case, making it easy to manage them. There are 2042 kanji cards and almost 60 empty cards for filling with characters absent from the set, though it seems to me rather remote possibility for some time until I really begin to need to do it. Card set is build around Remembering the Kanji book series (volume 1, 2 and 3) following it's order and excellent learning method. There is also cross-reference to Nelson's Japanese-English Character Dictionary and P.G.O'Neill's Essencial Kanji. Unlike similar cards it uses katakana and hiragana for on and kun readings respectively. There is also at least one compoung example with space provided to add more. Finally in my opinion it fully deserves 5 stars given to it. ... Read more

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