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161. How to Prepare for the SAT II Math Level II C
by Howard P. Dodge, Richard Ku, Howard Dodge
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Asin: 0764120190
Catlog: Book (2003-04)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Sales Rank: 38099
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Eight full-length model tests and one diagnostic test include calculator-active questions, and reflect the most recent SAT II tests in Math Level II C in length, question types, and degree of difficulty. All questions are answered and explained. A subject review covers polynomial and trigonometric functions, permutations and combinations, probability, sequences, logic, and all other topics tested on the SAT II. All new material on the graphing calculator has been included in this new edition. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars full of mistakes and not worthwhile
As a student who has already taken AP Calculus, I bought this book to review stuff that I had forgotten or may have never been taught. This book has many examples, but often never actually tells you the information, which I find to be annoying. The practice tests are far more difficult than the actual test, and the answer keys contain many mistakes. When looking over the explantions/answers to questions I got wrong, I discovered that I had the right answer, but the letter answer that was listed was wrong.

I can't say this book is a complete waste of time, because it did actually help me a little, but probably not enough to be worthwhile.
I got an 800 on the test, but I don't think this book can be attributed with my sucess.

2-0 out of 5 stars Barron's has made better
Usually, people have always said that Barron's is the best in standardized test preparations and I used to agree. However, for the SAT II MATH IIC, the book was absolutely absurd - after doing their diagnostics, reading their review lessons and, taking the practice tests, I was scared to death: this is going to be so tough and one of my most difficult tests by far, even with a 4.0 GPA, 1590 SAT, and AP calculus under my belt.

When test day came, I was shocked - it was hilariously easy, so much so that I almost felt cheated for being made to worry.

When it comes to test prepartions, being accurate is the most important - the same level materials and practice tests are essential to success. Barron's book is overly-difficult and not worth the money or worry.

5-0 out of 5 stars It wasn't hard people...
I don't know why some people think this book is hard. The practice tests were harder than the actual test, but the test is incredibly easy. I finished in just over half an hour and I got 800. If you just think about the questions they are simple. If you think this book is hard...think twice before taking the actual test.

1-0 out of 5 stars Harder is NOT better!
Last three editions of this book are all the same, buy an older version, or better, don't buy at all. Unreasonably hard, a lot of errors, not corrected in newer versions and incomplete. No mister, harder is NOT better.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money, too hard, not beneficial.
This book has nothing newer than the sixth edition. The cover has changed only and it is still incomplete. Some questions in the test surprised me a lot although I wasted too much time on the questions in this book. I absolutely do not recommend it! ... Read more


162. Verbal Workout for the GMAT (The Princeton Review)
by DOUGLAS FRENCH
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-23)
Publisher: Princeton Review
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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WE KNOW THE GMAT
The experts at The Princeton Review take the GMAT year after year to make sure you get the most up-to-date, thoroughly researched book possible.This book contains a comprehensive review of the verbal skills tested on the GMAT, as well as the techniques you'll need to succeed on the test.

WE KNOW STUDENTS
Each year we help more than two million students score high on standardized tests by using our courses, bestselling books, and award-winning software.

WE GET RESULTS
Students who take our six-week GMAT course have an average score increase of 80 points (verified by International Communications Research).The proven techniques that we teach in our course are in this book.

AND IF IT'S IN THE GMAT VERBAL SECTIONS, IT'S IN THIS BOOK
The Princeton Review knows that acing the verbal sections of the GMAT is very different from earning a 4.0 in school.We don't try to teach you everything there is to know about reading, writing, and grammar--only the techniques you'll need to know to score high on the computer-adaptive GMAT.In GMAT Verbal Workout, we'll teach you how to think like the test-makers and

*Eliminate answer choices that look right but are planted to fool you
*Solve sentence correction problems by spotting key errors in the questions
*Strategically manage your time on the reading comprehension section
*Ace the writing assessment section by knowing exactly how to earn a high score

This book includes a full-length sample GMAT verbal section, plus more than 80 additional practice questions.These practice questions are just like the ones you'll see on the actual GMAT, and we fully explain every answer.

Also included are sample Analytical Writing Assessment essays and tips for ensuring that the E-rater (computer grading system) gives you a high score.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Only if you only need Verbal work
I'm a GMAT tutor with 10+ years of successful students. Here's what I suggest for the GMAT:

1. Use the Kaplan CD (as cheesy as the presentation is, the tests are very good). I've heard complaints that the prep tests from Kaplan are too hard, and I have to disagree with the point being made by these students. The only way, on a computer-adaptive test, to increase your score is to test using HARDER, not easier problems. I may kick ass at medium level questions, but unless I want a medium level score, practicing at a lower level hurts rather than helps. The Princeton Review Verbal Workout does not come with a CD.

2. Ignore the Kaplan book. Use The Princeton Review books (either Cracking the GMAT or GMAT Workouts for Math and Verbal) for tricks and psychology. Try the Official Guide for extra problems and basic review issues (but use as much of the Princeton psychology as you can -- the Official Guide encourages you to do the problems straight, and that's a huge waste of time). The Princeton tests are buggy for sure (Hello! Princeton Review! Fix this!) but are still fairly accurate.

3. Take as many practice tests as you can. That means Kaplan, Princeton Review, PowerPrep. Arco, Barrons, Petersons, and Dummies are all awful. Don't bother with their instruction or their tests. On Princeton Review and PowerPrep, knock 30 points off your score, just to be safe.

4. Check out your local library. Many public libraries have crazy collections of old, out of print Official Guides, chock full o paper-and-pencil tests going back a good 20 years. By all means, use these -- they're a goldmine of practice questions.

Good luck!

3-0 out of 5 stars Where's the workout?
I bought both the Kaplan Verbal book along with this one to study together. One, to be able to compare the strategies from the 2 companies; second, to get a really good "workout" to improve my score on the verbal section. What I found was that while the strategies between the two are similar, the Kaplan book gave more questions to practice with than the PR book did. However, the PR book definitely gives a more comprehensive grammar lesson than Kaplan does, and it also gives examples of "ETS tendencies" which is very helpful. All in all, if you're looking for a good english lesson review, this is a great book. But if you're looking for a "workout", go with the Official Guide or the Kaplan book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre material on cheap paper
If you are picking between PR's and Kaplan's workbooks, go for Kaplan. You can read my review on Kaplan's workbook (just click on my nickname and you'll see that review along with others), so I won't comment much on that book in this review.

Issues with PR's Verbal Wrorkbout:
1. Question quality - I have seen a lot of GMAT materials and sometimes questions are not very close to the authentic gmat questions. This time, they are quite far. The greatest difference comes in Critical Reasoning. Very often the logic is quite off and confusing. The explanations are helpful, but for a person who is very familiar with OG and PP, the difference will be obvious immediately.

2. Question Difficulty - PR is known for easy questions; this book is not entirely easy, but the hard questions are unreasonable; GMAT logic is very limited - it does not go more than 2 two speps. PR on the other hand makes questions either too easy or too complicated, and neither is good. Reading overall, is fairly easy.

3. Tricks the magic tricks. Yeah, right. PR is famous for its "magic tricks" that don't really work on the real test but work flawlessly in the practice books. Many of the questions are tailored to fit the special rules PR makes up. Some tricks are legitimate (such as GMAT never puts minorities or women in poor light); others are common sense (don't go for extreme answer choices), but a lot overemphasise tricks over understanding the grammar, logic, and reading methods.

4. This book has fewer questions than does Kaplan's Verbal Workbook.

5. It spends a lot more on blah, blah, blah, which really does not stay in the memory; could be more condensed.

6. Paper quality is poor; it is printed on the really cheap recycled paper and does not help studying.

Good things:
It has a bigger section on grammar than Kaplan, however, both books are not enough if you are an international student. The grammar covered in both books emphasizes mostly style (parallel constructions, etc) and does not go through the basics of subject verb agreement, adjective rules, modals, or subjunctive. If you are non-native English speaker, get a grammar book - many of the TOEFL books have fabulous grammar sections. I can recommend one, but it is out of print (1995 edition of Cliff's; the 2000 edition is not good, however). Good Luck on the GMAT!

4-0 out of 5 stars very good for non-native english speakers
This is a very good book specially for people whose native langugage is not english. There are certain idioms for instance "prohibited from" which as a non english speaker I used to "think of as" " "prohibited to", differences in idioms which are marginal but which makes one totally wrong and the other correct.
For a person who has learnt english all their lives this is common sense they don't have to study it to know it. But for people for whom English is a second language it might not be so OBVIOUS.

I have given this book 4 stars because the list of idioms at the back of this book is really helpful and also the book conentrates on idioms that are most frequently used on the GMAT. Also the sentence correction, critical reasoning are pretty similar to those that are in the ETS book. I would not give it 5 stars becasue
1) not too many examples
2) the comprehensions are a little too easy sometimes.

you might be wondering it is not that difficult to create more examples and publish a thicker book right, so why did the authors not do that? but then how will the Princeton test prep company run if everyhting is already given in the book?

Luckily I am from an educated household and my English is good enough for the GMAT but for those of you who struggle with your English also get a grammar book and study it side by side.
This book helped me get a 78% in GMAT verbal and that too I studied only for a WEEK IMAGINE THAT...I am confident that had i studied for 2 more weeks i would have scored >85%

hope this review helps...email me if you have questions

5-0 out of 5 stars Neat and Concise
I feel the book is a must for anyone who wants to improve his verbal score. The book is written in a laidback, easy-going ,fun-loving manner which is such a welcome change from the traditional style of most of the other GMAT books that proliferate the market . The tips are very handy and the sample essays provided are a big help in improving your AWA score. For a little over 10 dollars, the book is worth every penny. Go for it. ... Read more


163. Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL® Test Book with CD-ROM (Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test)
by Jolene Gear, Robert Gear
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Catlog: Book (2002-03-11)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 44648
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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This comprehensive test preparation course includes skill building and practice tests all in one volume to help learners succeed on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Fully revised and updated, the third edition of Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test provides a complete tutorial and wealth of new activities to introduce students to the new computer formats and activity types. The third edition also includes a CD-ROM component containing seven complete practice tests. Learners may take the tests in study mode and receiving feedback on their responses, or in test mode, which simulates the experience of taking the exam by computer. Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test is ideal forclassroom use and self-study.Other key features include over 200 skill-building exercises fully updated for the new exam, 6 hours of listening material on cassette or audio CD, a complete grammar review, and an in-depth mini writing course. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars It definately help!!
I've went through this book and worked on all the practice test on the disk, it really helped me to understand the test format in real test condition and provided concentrated review material in different sections. The only drawback will be the tapes included are too clear, which is really different from the real test (it's a bit muffle in the real test) lucky I went through the free toefl practice test material available on the toefl website on the day I took the test and realise that. Anyway, I got 280 points with the help of the book..really satisfy with the result! It's worth to try.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Best in show"
A work of art. This book is worth every penny. It costs so much because of the smooth & thick expensive-looking paper. Well written, I found it to have the best essay writing section. But does not include CD's to listen to native english speakers, you must buy them seperate.
For better grammar help get: Cliffnotes TOEFL CBT

5-0 out of 5 stars The best Essay section explanation ever.
1) The best Essay section. After doing all excercises you will able to map out a very good essay within 30 minutes. I had Kaplan, Princenton, Cliff's, Barrons, and Delta, but this essay section is much much better. Any one who would like to have good score for essay needs the book.
2) Grammar section does not reflect real exam. Make no sense to practice problems you won't meet on the test. There is a lot of junk information which has never been used on the test. I took the test twice so did friends of mine. Remarkably enough, ETS and authors of the book have different perspective for English grammar. Problems heavily emphasized in the book will most likely completely ignored on an actual exam.
3) Reading section is very good.
4) Listening comprehension is good, particularly in terms of phrasal verbs and idioms.
5) There are 7 full lenght tests on the CD Rom.
For more practice with real full scale computer tests I can recommend you to buy Delta's Key for Toefl Tests (10 tests) or Cliff's (6 tests). In addition, Cliff's has very useful grammar section.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Beneficial Book
If you long to get higher score on the TOEFL, you should have this book. It explains grammar, structure and listening section of the test. The practice tests of the book are really helpful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL® Test Book
I read previous version of this book. It's a wonderful book with an excellent Reading Section. Its Toefl essay section is all that one need to write a good essay. Prior to reading its section, I scored 3.0 on TWE and after it- 5.0. So, it teaches you how to write essay even if you didn't write american essay before. The listening section is also full and very comprehensive. SO, if you have a patience and read it, you'll improve your score greatly, but no more than 560-80, if you don't use another listening sources as radio and TV. However, grammar section is not very strong. Among many books I read, I found useful only Barron's grammar. Cambridge's grammar is understandable only if you read Barron's before. Otherwise,you'll find it a bit difficult. But it has a good quiz for each grammar lesson(Barron's quiz is very simple and don't give you an assurance in your knowledge). I would recommend this book for everyone who want to score high together with Barron's grammar. Actually, I scored 610. So, decide it by yourself, but allow at least 3 months for whole book review. ... Read more


164. The Cartoon Guide to Genetics
by Larry Gonick, Mark Wheelis
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Asin: 0062730991
Catlog: Book (1991-07-01)
Publisher: Perennial
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Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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Having trouble deciphering your genetic code? Do dominant genes make you feel recessive? Let reigning nonfiction cartoonist Larry Gonick and microbiologist Mark Wheelis ease your way through Mendelian genetics, molecular biology, and the basics of genetic engineering. Gonick's drawings range from a moderately detailed look at ribosomes in action to loony pictures of dancing scientists, talking peas, and opinionated fruit flies. Matthew Meselson, co-discoverer of the "one gene-one protein" principle, says, "it puts textbooks to shame"--and he's right. --Mary Ellen Curtin ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Demystifies DNA
I'm no science genius and college zoology left me still in the dark regarding DNA. I bought this book because one reviewer said that his colleague was using it for a genetics course and I knew a student who needed some help with genetics. I read the book myself, and then spoke with the student. This book would be great for someone in Introductory Biology but for someone in a genetics course it's simply not advanced enough. But the book did help me understand DNA for the first time. It also showed me that a good instructor can make the whole field understandable and interesting unlike my college zoology professor who only made it intimidating and boring. Now if the genetics instructor I'm thinking of would read this maybe she'd figure out how not to bore her class to sleep.

Seriously I loved the historical approach to the field, the cartoons and the jokes were great. This book took the intimidation factor out of biology to a degree. Now I can at least talk intelligently about the subject. High school students could learn a lot from this, and struggling college freshmen might not struggle quite so badly in introductory biology with this at their side.

5-0 out of 5 stars Historical tour through genetics in a comic book
The cartoon guide to genetics is like a comic book through the history of genetics starting with ancient times and going through modern genetic engineering. The chronological arrangement of information is informative and interesting. In the age of the sequenced human genome it is often hard to think of what science was like without information that is now taken for granted. The scientists that paved the way for modern genetics -Mendel, Beadle, Griffith, Chargaff and many more and their landmark experiments are all given a moment in the spotlight. Even some incorrect theories are introduced including the reasoning behind them at the time. The section on Mendel's famous pea plant experiments is especially well done. There are several pages of Punnett squares (though the author doesn't really use that word) and drawings of what causes the different ratios. This concept is often hard for students to understand, but it is explained well and simply here.

This book does not assume that the reader has any scientific background and everything is explained from the basics. It also does not get into real detail about anything, but that kind of detail isn't necessary for a broad understanding of genetics. Most of the comics aren't really that funny, but even so they bring levity to an often difficult topic. I happen to enjoy the picture of the human-strawberry hybrid. This is a great book for visual learners who like to see everything; the diagrams in this book make complicated systems simpler without leaving out too much. This is a good background resource for anyone who wants to understand the hot topic of genetics. Granted a lot has happened since this book was published, but the foundation is still the same.

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent intro to an important field
Genetics, as you've probably heard, is a field of study that's likely going to play a very big part in society's near future. It's also a tough branch of science to grasp. What's the difference between DNA, a gene, a chromosome and a genome? How much of a role does genetics play in your health - is DNA destiny?

This book is a solid introduction to understanding genetics: the basics of the science, the history of humanity's knowledge of it, how it relates to other fields (ie evolution) - all explained well, in both word and the highly helpful illustrations. As always, Gonick tosses in some humor with his cartoons, but don't be fooled into thinking this is kid stuff. He delves into serious science. (And I noted with great amusement that one reviewer who hated the book was a big fan of the "for dummies" series. Irony much?)

I liked this book a lot - not quite as good as The Cartoon Guide to Physics, and bear in mind that current advances in genetics may well render parts of the book outdated soon... but it's still well worth reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Genetics
I use this book to introduce 8th graders to Genetics as it is entertaining, gives them good basic information and keeps them amused (and therefore reading!). Because we are working with basic genetics and because I am able to bring them to the present once they understand the basic concepts this book works very well as a text. I also find that it works well with a variety of ability groups. For the poor reader it is very visually stimulating and the writers are pretty funny. It also reads well in spurts or chunks. For the more advanced reader or student it is good because they can read through it quickly and get all the basic information that I need them to have for this class. I highly recommend the book for any middle school teachers that want to introduce a fairly abstract topic to a group of students who are predominantly still concrete learners. If you are looking for a book to inform you on new discoveries in the field this is not your book, but if you need a book to introduce genetic concepts to young people (or older non-readers), this is an excellent choice.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not doesn't cover more than the basics
I purchased this book to review the basics of genetics, mostly to be able to sound more knowledgeable than my pre-med significant other. I was very dissapointed to find that the book covered fundamentally the same material I remembered seeing as a freshman in high school 15 years ago. Not only has it not been updated to reflect the explosion in genetics, it basically covers the same fundametals one has gotten in a basic high school course. If you didn't understand it then, this book will help, otherwise it will just give you an interesting hour or two. I love Larry Gonick's other works (especially the History of the Universe series), but this one just doesn't measure up. ... Read more


165. How to Prepare for the TOEFL Essay (Barron's How to Prepare for the Computer-Based Toefl Essay)
by Lynn Lougheed
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The written essay is a very important part of the Test of English as a Foreign Language. This manual offers solid preparation, with instructions for organizing details and ideas for a topic, then developing them in clear, grammatical written English. The author provides approximately 185 models essays for students to read and analyze plus exercises in proofreading and editing rough drafts of essays. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a wonderful book, especially for non-native speakers
This is a wonderful book that teaches how to construct a coherent and convincing essay in 30 minutes. It's especially usefully for non-native speakers who have not been trained in writting essay in English. I consider myself fluent in writing in English (I scored 5.5 -- 90% percentile in GMAT writing test), but still find this book helpful. Highly recommended! ... Read more


166. Master the GMAT CAT 2004 (Book & CD-Rom)
by Thomas H. Martinson
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: ARCO
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The smart test take’s choice for comprehensive test practice. In addition to numerous practice questions and exercises, it provides verbal and math skill review, test-taking strategies, and essay-writing analysis. Those who have a lot of time set aside for studying will get the most out of the book, although time-management tips for fast-track test takes appear throughout each chapter. Readers choosing the CD version will get have access to additional practice on the CD. ... Read more


167. Fiske What To Do When: A Student And Parent’s Guide To Deadlines, Planning And The Last 2 Years Of High School (Fiske What to Do When for College)
by Edward Fiske, Edward B. Fiske, Bruce G. Hammond
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168. TOEFL Practice Tests: Volume 2
by Educational Testing Service
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Asin: 0886852056
Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
Publisher: Educational Testing Service
Sales Rank: 162901
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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TOEFL Practice Tests, Volume 2, offers the TOEFL Sampler CD-ROM, four test forms containing 560 practice questions, and 134 minutes of recorded listening comprehension material on two audiocassettes.Also included are a workbook, practice answer sheets and answer keys, scoring information, and review materials.The test forms in Volume 2 are different from those in Volume 1 and the Test Preparation Kit.The CD-ROM contains both Windows and Macintosh versions and is an indispensable resource for those planning to take the computer-based TOEFL test.

Educational Testing Service is the world's largest private educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in educational research. A nonprofit company dedicated to serving the needs of individuals, educational institutions and agencies, and governmental bodies in 181 countries.ETS develops and annually administers more than 11 million tests worldwide on behalf of clients in education, government and business.ETS is the only publisher of GRE and TOEFL test preparation materials containing authentic test questions cover to cover. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good practice, a newer version is available
The ISBN of the new version is 0886852056. You should buy that instead of this package.

This is the second best source of TOEFL practice questions now available. This set is a great resource for TOEFL practice. It has practice, answers, scoring tables, scripts for the listening sections, and a demo version of the computer TOEFL.

If you cannot find the 1998 Kit, this kit is also very good. However, just like all other TOEFL materials, this book does NOT include explanations.

The big problem, though, is that these questions are a little outdated. Most of my students can score higher on these tests than they can on the real TOEFL.

4-0 out of 5 stars Same tests as previous edition, different cover!!
Why does TOEFL always do this? They change the cover, and they even change the ISBN, but inside, they're still the same tests as the previous edition, ISBN 0446396427.

Since this is the same material, here's my review of the previous edition:

The second best source of TOEFL practice questions now available. This set is a great resource for TOEFL practice. It has practice, answers, scoring tables, scripts for the listening sections, and a demo version of the computer TOEFL.

If you cannot find the 1998 Kit, this kit is also very good. However, just like all other TOEFL materials, this book does NOT include explanations.

The big problem, though, is that these questions are a little outdated. Most of my students can score higher on these tests than they can on the real TOEFL.

5-0 out of 5 stars Save a lot of Money
Yes, it's true! . This book could save a lot of money to all those who want to pratice for the TOEFL test and feel that they have to focus on some areasj of the english language, instead of paying for an expensive TOEFL PREP. COURSE. It has the best tips on grammar, listening and essay construction. It helped me a lot.

3-0 out of 5 stars so, so, easy
Nowadays, toefl test is more difficult. but this book is a little easy. ... Read more


169. Essays That Worked for Medical Schools: 40 Essays from Successful Applications to the Nation's Top Medical Schools
by Emily Angel Baer, Stephanie B. Jones
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Asin: 0345450442
Catlog: Book (2003-07-29)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Sales Rank: 50927
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Discover why admissions officers from the nation’s top medical schools selected these essays of worthy applicants

With only a limited number of spaces available every year to the thousands of
qualified applicants to the nation’s top medical schools, a serious candidate must find
a way to set himself or herself apart from the crowd. The essay is your one chance to
highlight the personal qualities and achievements that the application and MCAT
scores do not reveal.

As Essays That Worked for Medical Schools
demonstrates, there is no such thing as
the perfect submission. The winning essays cover a wide range of interesting topics. If there is any similarity, it is that they are written from the heart. One applicant writes about his work as a counselor for mentally ill adults and teens. Another tells about the life-changing experience of delivering much needed supplies to a leprosy village in West Africa. And a third applicant talks about time spent volunteering at a local senior center. From the thousands submitted each year, the essays in this book were considered some of the best by admissions officers at the nation’s top medical schools.

With creativity and effort, you can turn almost any topic into an effective, successful essay for your medical school application!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for applicants
I am an educational counselor and received all four of the new "Essays That Worked" books recently. These books are perfect for any applicant stumped by or anxious about writing a personal statement. The essays are inspiring, and the advice is frank and fresh. I have recommended Stephanie Jones's "Medical School Admissions: The Insider's Guide" to my clients for years, and I will now highly recommend "Essays That Worked for Medical School" as well. ... Read more


170. The ACT for Dummies
by SuzeeVlk
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-15)
Publisher: For Dummies
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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There's no escaping the ACT. Many colleges require that you suffer through the ordeal of taking this entrance exam before they will even look at your application. Some colleges emphasize ACT scores to compensate for grade inflation; that is, some high schools may give students A's for doing the same level work that would gain them C's in other high schools. Because the ACT is the same for everyone (students nationwide take the exact same exam), colleges use ACT scores to get inside your head to see what's really in there. Think of this as an opportunity, not a crisis – after all, good ACT scores can overcome low GPAs.

No matter how good your high school teachers are, their main goal is to prepare you for the real world – and not the world of the ACT. That's where The ACT For Dummies, 3rd Edition, takes over. Newly revised for the latest version of the exam, this book takes a substantive, but easy-to-understand, approach to helping you prepare for the exam, while at the same time presenting its information in the typical Dummies style – with humor and fun. If anything can make preparing for the ACT enjoyable, this book can.

Here's a sampling of what you'll find in The ACT For Dummies, 3rd Edition:

  • An overview of the test: Understanding the format and how the scoring works
  • Stress-busters: How to survive exam day
  • Things to double-check and things to avoid while taking the test
  • Reviews of grammar and spelling, algebra and geometry, reading, and science reasoning
  • Plenty of practice questions for all parts of the test
  • Three full-length ACT practice tests (no, not the real thing!)
  • Top Ten lists debunking ACT rumors, differences between the ACT and SAT, and true ACT stories

You know you have to take the ACT seriously; after all, it can determine the college you go to, which will, in turn, affect the rest of your life. (Talk about pressure!) So why not be prepared? With The ACT For Dummies, 3rd Edition, you'll be as prepared for the exam as anyone can be, and you may just have a little fun in the process. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It got me into college
The ACT for Dummies is a great ACT study guide. The Math section totally refreshed me and was very valuable when it came to test time. But what really made the ACT for Dummies book so good was that it was full of really cheesy humor. This humor helped keep me reading a book that would otherwise be extremely dull and positively unbearable. I wouldn't be at the University of Michigan without the ACT for Dummies!

Hey also check out The 5 Minute Iliad, after finishing the ACT book

2-0 out of 5 stars Errors
It's fun to read and it's a good prep. Unfortunately, the practice tests contain several errors. So far, I have only taken the english and the math sections of the first test, and I have found three errors. (And this is only on the first two of eight practice sections!) I have the 3rd Edition and these problems might be different in other editions. Feel free to dispute me.

(Asterisks represent underlined portion in question.)
English, problem 19, test 1:
Born in 1921 in Ithaca, New York, Alex spent his early years with his grandmother in henning, *Tennessee*. The oldest of three sons in his family.

19. A. NO CHANGE
B. Tennessee - the oldest of
C. Tennessee because he was the oldest of
D. Tennessee. Alex was the oldest of

The explanation gives D as the correct answer. They must have forgotten to underline "The oldest of" in the sentence following Tennessee.

Math, problem 18, test 1:
18. Triangles I and II (not shown) are similar figures. The
angles of triangle I are in the ratio 1:2:3. If the
perimeter of triangle I is 15+5(SQRT)3, and the shortest side
of triangle II is 15, then what is the perimeter of triangle
II?
F. 150+20(SQRT)3
G. 60+15(SQRT)3
H. 60+5(SQRT)3
J. 45+5(SQRT)3
K. 45

After working the problem, I got the answer 45+15(SQRT)3. The explanation gives the same, but it's not an answer choice!

Math, problem 28, test 1:
28. Given that x is an integer, for what value of x is x+(2/3)x
and x+4<15?
F. 8
G. 9
H. 10
J. 11
K. 12

I took this to mean, "For what value of x are both x+(2/3)x AND x+4 less than 15?" I thought that was a strange was of phrasing it and the explanation implies that the question should have asked, "For what value of x is x+(2/3)x>15 and x+4<15?" It gave the answer H. It seems they left off the second half of the first inequality.

Sorry if this sounds like bashing, but these flaws really threw me off during my practice test. It entered my mind that the test could be wrong, but I did not think that assuming that the ACT people made a mistake was the smartest thing to do.

Also, I am under the impression that the practice tests in this book are not real ACT tests, meaning that they were made up for this book - not priorly administered tests.

5-0 out of 5 stars extremely helpful
I bought this book with the intention of just reading the sections I had trouble with. I found it to be so helpful and easy to read, I ended up reading the entire book. I don't beleive I would have scored as high if I hadn't.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book for preparing for the ACT exam.
I am a high school student in Iowa, and I had previously taken the ACT and was not content with the score I recieved. I bought this book on Amazon.com, read the entire book, and finished and scored the practice tests prior to taking the test a second time. When I went to take the test again, I felt a lot more confident about the test, and when I got my results, I had raised my composite score 5 points, and one of my subject scores 7 points. I suggest that every college-bound student read this book before taking that very important test.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Overall
This book is a good all around source of ACT review. It has a regular review of geometry and basic algebraic concepts. However, it does not come close to everything you kneed to know, which would be nearly impossible. I have studied the whole book and have raised my math score by 4 points! ... Read more


171. Military Flight Aptitude Tests (Arco Military Test Tutor)
by Solomon Wiener
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Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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Admission to the military’s flight training programs is very competitive.To qualify for a flight training program, candidates must earn a qualifying score on the test that pertains to their chosen branch.Military Flight Aptitude Tests provides the guidance and test preparation to qualify for military flight training with an in-depth review of each question type. Details are included about career opportunities as military pilots, flight officers, and pilots as well as information on becoming an officer.Information is also provided on each of the flight training programs:Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Army, and Navy. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Rather Helpful Book
First off, I scored 91st percentile on the Pilot composite, 96th on Navigator, 97th on Quantitative, 98th on Verbal, and 98th on Academic. With that out of the way...

This book and 'Officer Candidate Tests', also by Solomon Wiener, were both quite helpful to me as I prepared for the AFOQT, but really only because of the sample tests. The two books share some of the same questions but 95% of the questions are unique, and I thought that they were rather similar to the actual test with the exception of the Table Reading subtest. Be warned that there are several mistakes in the book, especially the Block Counting subtest where several of the questions don't even have the right number of blocks as a choice, but if you make a point to double check all of the answers you missed, you should be able to figure out whether you or the book are correct.

I strongly recommend that you take the full sample test under timed conditions, it will give you a very good idea how you'll do on the real AFOQT. And when you sit for the test, especially the Block Counting and Table Reading subtests, try to be careful: it's easy to mark the wrong box and not realize it for several more questions, totally messing up that test. That's actually what 'ruined' my pilot score. Ignore the AFOQT answer sheet in the book, the actual test just has one sheet with all the little circles you fill in just like the SAT.

Having taken the sample tests beforehand, if nothing else, made me feel much more relaxed going into the test. If you can do well on the samples, you'll be fine on the real AFOQT. If you're going in for a technical position, I strongly recommend you go through the other book mentioned at the top of this review as well, as it focuses on the 6 subtests that are supposed to really matter for you, and I think the tests in that one were harder than this book. Wouldn't hurt you would-be fly-boys either.

I strongly recommend this book if you are at all nervous about the AFOQT as it will help build some confidence before you take the real thing, but I only give it 4 stars because of the numerous mistakes in the answer section. Just double check all your answers and you'll be fine.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great test prep...I should know
This is a great book for preparing for the AFOQT. I was spooling up for a military pilot slot and took the Marine Corps flight test cold and did not do very well. I got this book before taking my first choice service (Air Force) flight test. I did quite well, that was back in '97, and I graduated USAF pilot training in Nov of '99. Take the practice tests under timed conditions. Just having seen the type of quesitons they ask having a feel for the time constraints of each section was a big help.

4-0 out of 5 stars A decent first start
I have taken two tests out of this book, the Army AFAST, and the Navy and Marine Corps Aviation Selection Battery, in real life. Contextually, the book is dead on, however, do not rely on it as your soul source of information. If you are serious about becoming a pilot, READ READ READ. Go out and get books on the aircraft you want to fly (i.e. fixed wing or rotary). This book is good in that it will show you exactly what the formats look like, but it does not do a lot in preparing you for the questions on the test beyond what is in the book.

If you are looking to get high scores on your aptitude tests, practice, read, and absorb everything you can about the tests that are in the book. Find your weaknesses, and focus your attentions on them. I speak from experience. By studying hard for both tests, I was able to achieve above the 99 percentile on both tests. You can do it as well, but not with just one book, not with just any book.

This book is a good start, and as such will allow you to format what you have to do. The text of the book is very easy to read, and is almost word for word what is in the pamphlets the test repairers will give you. Still, I would read it cover to cover. Even if you are just going to do the Army's AFAST, it does not hurt to be proficient in the Air Forces or the Navy/Marine Corps Tests. Everything you learn will always be a help.

3-0 out of 5 stars OK Preparation for the ASTB
I just took the Navy/Marines ASTB as part of my application for commission in the US Navy, and I used the Arco book as my primary study text. Here's a section-by-section rundown of how I thought the Arco book prepared me. (Please note that these comments apply only to the ASTB practice section in the Arco book.)

(1) Math/Verbal: the Arco's math/verbal practice section is pretty different from the real thing. Arco's math questions are based entirely on arithmetic whereas the ASTB focuses more on actual algebra and geometry questions. Likewise, Arco's verbal questions are not like the real thing. The ASTB has only paragraph comprehension and none of the other stuff that Arco has you practice. Don't expect Arco to prepare you for this section or you'll be pretty disappointed.

(2) Mechanical: Arco's mechanical practice section is identical to the ASVAB's mechanical, and I found it to be somewhat more difficult than the ASTB's mechanical. If you practice the mechanical questions in the Arco book along with a good ASVAB preparation book, then you should have little problem with the mechanical section of the ASTB.

(3) Spatial Apperception: the Arco book is quite oversimplified here. The actual ASTB is more difficult than what Arco leads on. The Arco book should be looked at as nothing more than a nice introduction to these sorts of questions. Actual ASTB questions are more sophisticated and you might be caught off guard.

(4) Biographical: Arco's practice questions are right on.

(5) Aviation/Nautical: Arco's practice is a good introduction, especially for people like myself who had NO KNOWLEDGE in this area prior to studying for the test. But be sure you go to the local library and review introductory books on basic piloting, navigation, and seamanship. Arco alone just won't cut it here.

(6) Aviation Interest: Arco has nothing for this section, but that's not a big deal as this part of the test is designed to see if you truly are motivated in becoming a pilot. No real right or wrong answers here.

So how did I do? My scores were the highest the regional recruiters had ever seen. I needed an overall rating of 35 to pass the test and a score of at least 50 to be considered "competitive." My rating was a 74!

In summary, the Arco book is a good introduction (and nothing more than an intro) for some sections of the ASTB and not so good for others. Be sure you study accordingly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This book helped me score a Pilot/NFO slot for the Navy; however, this book does contain a few errors so stay sharp when you are studying for the test. Also keep in mind that there are three different tests in this booklet. This booklet concentrates more on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test. Do not think this book alone will help you score high. You also need to review basic aerodynmics, aviation and nautical navigation, parts of a plane, and parts of a ship (for navy and marine flight aptitude battery). This book is great for mathematics and verbal preparation. I think its worth the money. ... Read more


172. Maximum Sat
by Peter Edwards
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-28)
Publisher: Lulu Press
Sales Rank: 23774
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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"Maximum SAT" by Achieve Tutorials is unique: it is designed to be the unofficial companion guide to "The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT" (published by the creators of the SAT). It was written and edited by an elite group of SAT tutors, each with over 15 years of experience raising SAT scores.Each lesson covers the materials, tricks and traps you need to know to maximize your SAT scores, and then points you to REAL SAT questions in "The Official SAT Study Guide" so you can practice the material you’ve just learned. Maximum SAT covers every concept and every question type on the New SAT Math, Critical Reading and Writing sections. It also includes plenty of sample problems and timed drills to help you further master the skills you’ve learned. So, if you want to improve your score, you should buy "Maximum SAT" and "The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT," and use them side by side. (SAT is a registered trademark of The College Board, which does!not endorse this book.) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Peter has done a wonderful job.
I have just received my copy of this book and as an educator I can see years of experience as well as a lot of intelligence put together under one cover promising to help an SAT bound student very much. Congratulations.

5-0 out of 5 stars A guide written by a real teacher
Maximum SAT was obviously written by a gifted teacher.The lessons and study suggestions are put forward in a way that keeps a student interested and takes away some of the natural apprehensions as one prepares for the SATs. Students will find that this book has real value beyond just preparing for the SAT.

5-0 out of 5 stars SAT Prep at its Best
I'm an SAT tutor, and I'm always looking for high-quality material to share with my students. This book is one of the best I've come across, and I am going to recommend that all of my students buy this book. It's well worth it for the practice problems alone, but the techniques are excellent as well. With the change in the SAT, the methods of preparing for the test are shifting, and I found that this book covers the new test extremely well. This is the kind of book I would like to have written myself for use with my students. I'm grateful that someone with the expertise and insight has put together this resource for those of us - both tutors and students - working on the new SAT.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really helped me along with the Official SAT Study Guide
My mom bought me about 5 SAT prep books and I looked through them all and decided to use this one, mostly because ur supposed to use it with the Official SAT Study Guide which has real test questions. It was also really easy to read and understand, and it has a great study schedule that I followed. The material was really clear and easy to learn, and it covered everything I saw on the real test, but not much extra. The section on Writing (the grammar and the essay) was really helpful. I was totally scared of the essay, but i ended up feeling really good about it and got a 10! I think the vocabulary lists were really good (but I didn't really learn all the words for the test.) The math was also helpful 'cause it actually reviewed all of the math topics and gave tricks to get the answers a lot more quickly than I was doing them before. I actually had 5 minutes left at the end of 2 math sections to check my answers.

The good news is that I went up almost 300 points from my PSAT score and I probably won't take the test again...I way did better than I thought I could!

So, I really recommend this book. Great material and easy to understand, and it assigns homework from real test. The downside is that you have to buy the Official SAT study guide too, but you should anyway, since it has real tests.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource for Students and Tutors
There are tons of SAT prep books on the market, but this one stands out.Written by an expert teacher, this book presents a thorough yet concise look at the SAT.Combined with "The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT," this book provides diligent students with complete SAT prep - and gives SAT tutors a ready-made course.I am an experienced (12+ years) SAT tutor myself, and I can verify that there's no better way to practice for a test than to use real questions."Maximum SAT" presents techniques and hints for every type of SAT question in easy-to-understand language - and provides pointers to hundreds of real SAT questions.It also includes a study syllabus that's easy to understand and follow, as well as an incredibly thorough table of contents and index.I highly recommend this book to any student preparing for the SAT, and to any tutor who's been looking for a comprehensive guide. ... Read more


173. Economics (Cliffs Quick Review)
by JohnDuffy
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Catlog: Book (1993-08-06)
Publisher: Cliffs Notes
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A comprehensive review guide to help you refresh your study. This guide is particularly useful for midterms and final exams, condensing a semester's worth of information into one concise volume. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Economics Book
Good Condition, prompt arival within two days, very much appreciated.

5-0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS!!
I bought this as a supplement for my first two semesters of Econ and I ended up using it more than my textbook!!

5-0 out of 5 stars ATTN AP Econ and College Students
I used this book for the AP Macro and Micoeconomics exams, and I scored two 4's. I am currently taking Introduction to Economics at UC Berkeley, and this book serves as a better resource than the expensive textbook.

I got an A in UCB's Econ 1 course.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best for CLEP TEST preparation
I used this book and CLEP official guide for microeconomics CLEP test, and passed with 92nd percentile. Highly recommended for those taking CLEP.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent, concise and valuable AP tool.
This book is one I highly recommend to the Advanced Placement Economics students in my classes. It is thorough, concise, and understandable. It serves as a valuable back-up to class material and review text for the AP exam as well as in class tests. ... Read more


174. Kaplan New SAT Critical Reading Workbook
by Kaplan
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Problem Solved.

Problem #1: You want to sharpen your critical reading skills for the SAT, but don't have a lot of time to study. We get it. Everything you need to achieve your goals on the Critical Reading section of the SAT is in this book. No long-winded lessons. Just what you need to score higher.


Problem #2: You don't know what to expect on the new Critical Reading section. Don't worry. This book contains the most up-to-date information, including tactics for solving the new Short Reading Comprehension questions.


Problem #3: Studying for the Critical Reading section is boring. Let's face it. Studying for the SAT is never going to be a lot of laughs. But the payoff is huge -- and the tools in this book are a straightforward path to your goal.


You don't have to put your real life on hold while you prepare for your future.


This comprehensive workbook includes:

• 2 realistic critical reading tests with detailed answer explanations

• In-depth coverage of Sentence Completion and Reading Comprehension questions

• Strategies for avoiding common vocabulary mistakes

• Hundreds of practice questions to help sharpen your speed and accuracy

• A glossary of frequently-tested words


Why Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions?

When you want advice, you probably ask your friends. Or parents. Or teachers. And each of them can probably give you some good advice about taking the PSAT. So why do you need Kaplan? Because your friends, parents, and teachers probably haven't invested millions of dollars developing realistic practice exams and test-taking strategies. Kaplan has. And when a test changes, we're prepared with the most up-to-date materials.

When it comes to the PSAT, your friends know what works for them, but do they know what works for you? Kaplan has helped millions of students -- all kinds of students, from perfect-score seekers to students who run screaming from algebra problems -- reach their individual goals. More than 65 years of test preparation experience -- it's all in this book.Sign up for our free email newsletter, the College Edge, and we'll keep you posted about college admissions trends and test changes. ... Read more


175. Physical Education and Health Study Guide (Praxis Study Guides)
by Educational Testing Service
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Educational Testing Service
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Complete with a targeted review of all the material on the selected Praxis exam in addition to a full-length practice test, these test preparation guides are written by the makers of the real tests. Thorough explanations of the answers are provided and helpful test-taking strategies are found throughout the guide. The three categories of assessments covered correspond to the three milestones in teacher development-academic skills assessment, subject assessment, and classroom performance assessment. Reflecting the rigorous and carefully validated nature of the exams, these guides provide beginning teachers the information needed to succeed. ... Read more


176. CCNP BCMSN Exam Certification Guide (CCNP Self-Study, 642-811), Second Edition
by David Hucaby
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-18)
Publisher: Cisco Press
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The official self-study test preparation guide for the Cisco CCNP BCMSN exam 642-811

This best-selling study guide helps you master all the topics on the new CCNP BCMSN exam, including:

  • Switch operation and configuration
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
  • Aggregating Switch Links
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Multilayer switching
  • Router redundancy and load balancing
  • Multicasting
  • Quality of service (QoS)
  • IP telephony
  • Securing switch access
  • Switch security with virtual LANs (VLANs)

CCNP BCMSN Exam Certification Guide is a best-of-breed Cisco exam study guide that has been completely updated to focus specifically on the objectives for the new CCNP BCMSN exam. Respected author David Hucaby shares preparation hints and tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual and hands-on knowledge. This new edition is organized in a modular fashion, segmenting larger chapters into smaller, more easily digestible components. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.

CCNP BCMSN Exam Certification Guide presents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. "Do I Know This Already?" quizzes open each chapter and allow you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section. Chapter subject lists make referencing easy and Foundation Summary tables give you a quick refresher whenever you need it. Challenging chapter-ending review questions help you assess your knowledge and reinforce key concepts. Scenario-based exercises help you think about exam objectives in real-world situations, thus increasing recall during exam time. The companion CD-ROM contains a powerful new testing engine that allows you to focus on individual topic areas or take complete, timed exams. The assessment engine also tracks your performance and provides feedback on a module-by-module basis, providing question-by-question remediation to the text and laying out a complete study plan for review.

Well-regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, this book helps you master the concepts and techniques that will enable you to succeed on the exam the first time.

CCNP BCMSN Exam Certification Guide is part of a recommended study program from Cisco Systems that includes simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press. To find out more about instructor-led, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco Learning Partners worldwide, please visit www.cisco.com/go/authorizedtraining.

Companion CD-ROM
The CD-ROM contains more than 300 practice questions for the BCMSN exam, including simulation-based questions. It also contains the full text in electronic format.

This volume is part of the Exam Certification Guide Series from Cisco Press. Books in this series provide officially developed exam preparation materials that offer assessment, review, and practice to help Cisco Career Certification candidates identify weaknesses, concentrate their study efforts, and enhance their confidence as exam day nears.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for CCNP Recertification
The CCNP BCMSN Exam Certification Guide is a great resource for CCNP recertification. The material is not in-depth but informative enough for those that have taken a BCMSN exam before. The accompanying CD-ROM with sample test questions is also very helpful. With this book, along with the CCNP BSCI Exam Certification Guide and related Transcender practice exams, I was able to pass the CCNP Composite exam (642-891) and complete my CCNP recertification.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for passing the new switch exam.
This was the only book I used to study and I was able to pass the BCMSN exam with a 905. There is a lot of material covered in this exam and a lot of different topics, though the book may not seem to go in depth enough at times, it covers what you need to know. I also found the CD that comes with the book very useful, there are excellent simulation questions that will help you gain confidence if you do not have a lot of real world hands on experience. I would not suggest this book to those really wanting to learn some of the new technologies that are introduced in this book such as EoMPLS or even QOS methods used by cisco equipment, but for those wanting to pass the exam this is your book.

5-0 out of 5 stars 1-Stop Shop for the BCMSN
Great book - All that one needs to pass the BCMSN which I just did with a terrific score.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review of BCMSN
The reason that I picked this book is because I was getting ready to re-certify as a CCNP and CCDP. My goal was to take the composite exam, as by taking (and passing) one exam, I would be re-certified in both certifications. I will say that I did take and pass the composite exam, but my score was not that much higher than the passing score. I read this book and Claire Gough's book, the CCNP BSCI Exam Certification Guide to prepare myself. Fortunately, I have a few Cisco Press books on both subjects. I found outside reading especially important when going through the BSCI material, but the presented BCMSN material was most adequate. The exams on the CDs were very similar to the real exam.
This book was fairly thorough when preparing me for the Switch material on the composite exam. I will caution future readers to make sure to go through the CD included with the book prior to taking the exam as there was content that appeared on the CD that wasn't covered in the book, yet it appeared on the real exam. Fortunately, there wasn't very much, but it could mean barely passing the exam or failing it.
David Hucaby's writing style was very easy for this reader to follow. At times, I found it difficult to absorb so many complex subjects without re-reading sections because sometimes Mr. Hucaby explains a LOT in very few paragraphs. The book seems small compared to Claire Gough's book on Routing, but it could have benefited the reader were Mr. Hucaby to write a few more paragraphs while explaining some of the more complex subjects. This reader feels that the subject matter is covered in the book for a student to learn, but the student might find the need to go to other resources to have things explained more fully than how Mr. Hucaby presents it. Fortunately, this reader only found this necessary on a couple of occasions.
I found some typographical errors, some syntax errors, and some mislabeling on the figures, but all in all, this book was an excellent self-study book for anyone taking the re-certification exam, and probably for anyone taking the BCMSN exam. The last chapter in the book goes through many scenarios, and it would behoove a future reader to go through each and every question in each and every scenario. It would also behoove the reader to go through the CD that accompanies the book. The CD exam questions were very similar to the real questions, not so much that the questions were the same, but that the content covered and the way it was presented was the same. The simulator provided on the CD was a great refresher for this reader especially as I found that the technology has changed quite a bit in the three years that I initially became a CCNP. As this time, I didn't have any of the switches for which I could practice upon (switches covered on the exam), I had to completely depend upon the book and the CD (and the simulators) in order to prepare for the exam. The simulator questions on the CD adequately prepared this reader for what was on the real exam. Mr. Hucaby does an adequate job of preparing a student for all the rest of the material found on the exam. Therefore, I give this book a 4 out of a possible rating of 5, 1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest. This book is easy to read and prepares a student adequately for the subject matter found on the real exam.
Would I buy another book by this author? The answer is "yes". He covers all the material, succinct (sometimes too succinct), knows his subject matter, and can explain it in plain English - a talent that can't be underrated.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not good enough
I am dismayed at buying this book. I am sure Cisco would have many better authors than David Hucaby. This book is an introduction of many different technologies which the author struggles to explain.

Bad attempt, Ciscopress .......... can do better. ... Read more


177. Winning Grants: Step by Step, 2nd Edition
by Mim Carlson, The Alliance for Nonprofit Management
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Catlog: Book (2002-06-21)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Sales Rank: 66914
Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
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Winning Grants Step by Step is the definitive guide to writing persuasive and successful proposals. In easy-to-understand terms, Mim Carlson leads you through creating a proposal--from start to finish--that fulfills the three most important criteria grantmakers demand from a competitive proposal: a clearly stated purpose describing what your organization is trying to achieve, compelling evidence that demonstrates the importance of this goal, and a well-reasoned plan that outlines how your organization will meet the goal in a cost-effective manner. And, once the workbook exercises are completed, your organization will have a fully developed grant proposal. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars For beginners
Mim Carlson's "Winning Grants" provides an excellent overview of what steps to follow when seeking foundation funding. It provides a fair amount of general information that will be useful for readers who lack proposal writing experience. Unfortunately, the book suffers from being a bit too general in its approach. The author attempts to cover both private and public grant writing, but the overlap between these two areas is not great enough to justify lumping them together. My only other complaint is that an index is not included.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pragmatic worksheets
If you come in to our nonprofit management support organization and ask for a book on grant proposal writing, there are two we'll pull out right away: Grassroots Grants and Winning Grants Step by Step. We're often asked which to choose. Of all the books we see, these are the two we most often recommend, but they do have different approaches.

Winning Grants Step by Step takes a pragmatic tone. It accepts the rules of the game and offers to show you how to win within them. "Most funders prefer to give grants for new and expanding programs or in support of special projects and new ideas rather than for the general operating expenses of an organization or the ongoing costs of established programs," it explains. "Because funders have these preferences, this workbook uses the idea of creating a new program as the basis for developing a proposal." (The book does also give examples of core operating support proposals, and does start with a planning guide to help you see which programs fit your priorities).
In the introduction to Grassroots Grants, on the other hand, the publisher shares her qualms about publishing a book about grants at all, preferring that the reader focus first on developing more renewable and less restricted gifts from individual donors. "This book is about two things: money and power," says Grassroots Grants, and calmly analyzes the dynamics of both in the grant proposal process. This big-picture view is in the end more pragmatic - it encourages you to take control of the grantseeking process by searching out those funders and pitching those programs that really best fit with what you are trying to do.

Both books have excellent project planning guidelines. As Winning Grants Step by Step observes, "Generally, organizations will spend approximately 80 percent of their time planning a project and only 20 percent of their time writing and packaging a proposal," so this section is obviously very important. Both books ask questions such as "What is unique about your organization's project?" "Is anyone else working on a similar project?" "What members of your community support each project?"

Both also contain useful information about finding appropriate funders, which is key to the process - much more important than your writing skills is finding the right funder who cares about projects like yours. Although Winning Grants Step by Step puts this information at the end in an appendix, you should really read it first, particularly the excellent section on corporate giving programs. Grassroots Grants contains very helpful guidelines about what to consider when deciding whether a funder is really a good fit for your organization, and detailed information about ways to develop good relationships with potential funders.

The books have different approaches to how they help you with your own writing. Winning Grants Step by Step has a workbook format, with questionnaires you fill out as you go, so that by the time you have completed them you will have addressed most of the subjects covered in a typical proposal, and it will be easy to cut and paste the appropriate bits into the funder's preferred format. It comes with all the worksheets on a CD-ROM so you can fill them out electronically and reuse them. If you like project planning, but get nervous about the writing process, this format may help walk you through. Grassroots Grants has questionnaires throughout the text, and it has more examples of proposals, query letters, and other documents with notes on how they were developed. If you like to write by reading examples to inspire you to your own purposes, this book will suit you.

Ultimately, these books complement one another. Even if you prefer the workbook format of Winning Grants Step by Step, the "big picture" you get from reading Grassroots Grants will help you answer all those questions. Likewise, if you prefer the style of Grassroots Grants, you can still benefit from the excellent sections on overhead costs and planning for sustainability in Winning Grants Step by Step.

3-0 out of 5 stars good, basic overview but don't use alone
I am a consultant, grantwriter, and trainer who specializes in technical assistance and training for HIV/AIDS services. I provide a copy of this workbook to participants in my grantwriting ("Bringing Home the Money!) workshops, because it's a good, basic overview of many of the different parts of the request for funding proposal.

What's most useful about Carlson's book is that it provides a summary for participants and another way of explaining some of the things I teach. There are also good worksheets included in Carlson's book, designed to help first-time grantwriters grapple with the different proposal elements. Carlson also includes a CD-ROM with different forms that can also be helpful.

However, there are important limits to Carlson's book, thus the caveat in my review title that you NOT use this book alone.

1. Carlson's book is very general. For certain funders or funding areas (such as in HIV/AIDS), grantwriters need to include and be very familiar with things like public health data and certain standardized evaluation methods. You will not get that kind of information or guidance in Carlson's book.

2. Some of the sections lack sufficient details that can help first-time grantwriters better understand the concepts. For example, the budget and budget justification section are weak. She does not provide any explanation for "priority/target populations," a concept important to HIV/AIDS and other public health programs.

3. Carlson starts off with a good premise: Helping grantwriters understand the writing of a good proposal by having funders--the people who would actually read and decide on your proposal--speak about what makes good and bad proposals. It's a great idea and one that is the backbone to my own workshop. However, it is a thread that Carlson quickly drops and doesn't bother to integrate into the entire workbook.

4. Finally, the different elements are presented in such a way that they remain disintegrated, separate, fragmented from each other. In reality, a good proposal (i.e., one that is most likely to be funded) includes all the required elements (abstract, description of need, work plan, goals and objectives, evaluation, etc.) that are written well, are strong in content, and all work together in an integrated way.

To Carlson's credit on my last point, I should note that very few writers of grantwriting books and guides have succeeded in showing the latter, although I think it's one of the best signs of a well-written, strong, viable program.

In summary, then, this is a good first place to start if you're new to grantwriting or need a refresher. But definitely use it in conjunction with a great workshop and/or other grantwriting resources that are available.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for foundation grants, not so good for gov't grants
The information contained in this book primarily applies to non-governmental entities soliciting grants from non-profit foundations. Organizations like the NSF, NIH, etc., have fairly strict guidelines and don't permit the "excesses" encouraged in this book.

As the review title states, this would probably be a very useful book for a charitable organization looking to obtain funds from corporate foundations. However, if you're looking for research money from a government organization like Nat'l Science Foundation or Dep't of Education, this book is virtually useless.

5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable to the small nonprofit organization
This book should prove invaluable to the small nonprofit organization without development staff. Its clear and logical steps are easy to follow and non-intimidating for the uninitiated.

In my practice as a consultant to small nonprofit organizations, I found that the three areas most often not understood are: building relationships with funders, clearly setting and articulating outcomes and objectives; and providing a rationale why this particular nonprofit organization is uniquely suitable for providing this particular service or goods. Carlson's book provides instructions to help an organization address these three areas in a simple straightforward way. ... Read more


178. Military Flight Aptitude Tests (CliffsTestPrep)
by Fred N.Grayson
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Asin: 076454103X
Catlog: Book (2004-02-16)
Publisher: Cliffs Notes
Sales Rank: 50662
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Your complete guide to a higher score on the Military Flight Aptitude Test

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  • Notes on how to use this book
  • Answers to your questions about the test

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  • Successful strategies for every test area
  • Analysis of each question type
  • Reviews of verbal skills, math, mechanics, science, spatial relations, and aviation
  • Practice questions with answers and explanations

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1-0 out of 5 stars Worst book ever
Lots of typo, lots of wrong answers. If you check the back of the answer sheet, it might say the answer is C. But when you look at the explaination, it refers to B. Dont buy this book if you wanna become an officer. ... Read more


179. How to Prepare for the SAT II World History
by Marilynn Giroux Hitchens, Heidi Roupp
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Asin: 0764113852
Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Sales Rank: 188116
Average Customer Review: 3.36 out of 5 stars
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Two SAT II practice tests with answers are presented, and reflect questions in the current actual SAT II World History exam. Extensive review material chronicles human history from the earliest known societies to the modern technology-driven world community. Subject matter is organized chronologically for easy reference and review, as well as in categories covering major events, ideas, and personages. This new edition presents an expanded series of recall questions and answers at the end of each unit. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Bad memories with it, but it's a good book
Skipping a few grades ahead, I took the World History SAT when I was 10. I studied with a textbook and this book myself w/o taking a class in World History. Although I skipped a few grades, it was still very early for me to be taking SAT's at that time, and I didn't really know how to prepare for them. As a result, I did pretty poorly, in my standards, on the test (600). I never took the World History test again, but I did take 7 other SAT II's and managed to get 700+ on every one of them (perfect on 2), so I know what the tests are like.

Basically, looking back, I found this Barron's book to be a great book. It crams a comprehensive and useful review of World History into 300 or so pages, and if you can take it all in, you will definitely do great on the test (by that I mean probably 750+). The 2 practice tests are pretty good because they are similar to the real ones.

My point is: had I crammed those 300 pages, I would have done excellent on the test, and so would you if you cram this stuff in.

Note: The World History SAT is actually much easier than the US History SAT if you are the type of person that has a good memory and like or at least doesn't hate history. This is because on the World History test, the scope (range of topics) is too broad, and so the test makers have to test on things that are more commonly known (thus more likely to be included in summaries like Barron's). On the other hand, US history is relatively short (~200 years) and so the test takers can pick more pinpoint detail questions, which are omitted in summaries. So, this leads back to my old point, if you can cram the comprehensive review in Barron's guide, you'll ace the World History test.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the available choices
I bought both the SAT II Barron's and SAT II Kaplan World History books. Considering both, the Barron's is superior. Its fairly concise, and its easy to read through. The chronological order makes alot of sense and has alot of fluidity. A major advantage it has over Kaplan is its large number of maps/images/visual aides. All important terms are bolded. The book does have its weakeness, it lacks a scale for practice tests for example. If you have the money, I'd recommend both books, inpart because the additional practice tests are very helpful, and Kaplan has some quick summeries after every section. I scored an 800.

3-0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Information... maybe a little too much
Af first glance, this book seems to have everything that is needed to acheive a high score on the SAT II: World History test. However, after reading the first few chapters, you realize this book is too detailed. This book seems great for a person that has 3+ months to study. However, if your under three months and you've already purchased this book, really focus on units V-VIII, since most of practice test in the back focus on those four units.

3-0 out of 5 stars Solid information, but too many generalizations.
This book provides the necessary historical data when taking the SAT II World History exam. Much of the factoids in bold in the text, were included on the test. I found this book most useful by studying the terms in bold, rather than reading everything. The authors often make sweeping generalizations that are completely unnecessaryand that are entirely under debate. Also, the practice tests provided are mediocre. The questions are poorly phrased, and do not resemble what is on the actual exam in content or grammatical nature (the 2003 exam emphasized ancient African and Asian history much more than I expected). This book is too opinionated to be a test prep guide, but it does the job.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I studied the 2 weeks before the test using this book and I scored a 740. The questions at the end of the units and the two practice tests are tough-a lot tougher than the actual thing which is why if you read the book and do all the questions you are guaranteed a good score, but you have to be dedicated. ... Read more


180. Kaplan New SAT 2005
by Staff of Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, Kaplan
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Asin: 0743260317
Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: Kaplan
Sales Rank: 16129
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Problem Solved.

Problem #1: You want to do well on the SAT, but don't have enough time to study. We get it. Everything you need to achieve your goals on the SAT is in this book. No long-winded lessons. Just what you need to score higher.


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This comprehensive guide to the SAT includes:

• 3 realistic practice tests with detailed answer explanations

• A step-by-step guide to a higher score on the new Writing section, with detailed analysis of sample essays

• Intensive practice and in-depth review for the new Algebra II questions in the Math section

• A 5-step method for tackling the new short passages in the Critical Reading section

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When it comes to the PSAT, your friends know what works for them, but do they know what works for you? Kaplan has helped millions of students -- all kinds of students, from perfect-score seekers to students who run screaming from algebra problems -- reach their individual goals. More than 65 years of test preparation experience -- it's all in this book.Sign up for our free email newsletter, the College Edge, and we'll keep you posted about college admissions trends and test changes. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Solid, but not the Best
I am a high school English teacher, working with a colleague who is a great math teacher to create a program on the new SAT I for a very competitive public high school in Oregon. Over the years, we've looked carefully at just about every SAT I book ever published to use with our students. The new Kaplan book is solid, and is far superior to comparable products by the Princeton Review, REA, Barron's and Up Your Score. However, for our purposes we chose "McGraw-Hill's SAT I" over even the Kaplan guide. It provides more and better practice for students than Kaplan, Princeton Review and Barron's, which we have used in the past, and delves into the reasoning skills of the SAT I far more than the others have. The practice tests in McGraw-Hill have the real SAT I "feel" which is enormously important (and lots of them). The main drawback with Kaplan's books, this one included, has been the lack of solid diagnostic practice for students. The McGraw-Hill provides far more of that, in addition to great flash cards that focus on reasoning skills rather than mere memorization. I was impressed with the McGraw-Hill guide's approach to critical reading, writing and vocabulary building, and my colleague has given high marks to the math portion. The Kaplan guide is solid, and I recommend it to many students, but I recommend they try the McGraw-Hill guide first.

2-0 out of 5 stars --READ--
this book is worthless without the CD-ROM. get the one with the CD-Rom ... Read more


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