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    1. The Official SAT Study Guide:
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    1. The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT
    by College Board
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    Asin: 0874477182
    Catlog: Book (2004-10)
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    In March 2005, the College Board will begin to administer a new SAT®.To help prepare all students for the new SAT and college success™, the College Board introduces:

    The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT™

    Here's the successor to the College Board's #1 best seller 10 Real SAT®s. This new book is the only source of practice tests created by the test maker according to proprietary new SAT specifications. With the book's 700+ pages and 21 chapters, students:

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    2. Cracking the SAT Math Subject Tests, 2005-2006 Edition (Cracking the Sat II Math)
    by Princeton Review
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    3. Been There, Should've Done That II : More Tips for Making the Most of College
    by Suzette Tyler
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    Asin: 0965608611
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    Publisher: Front Porch Press (MI)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great college guide
    As a senior at Harvard I've read a lot of books for college students and I found this book simple yet informative. It's tips from student's for student's. Short sweet and smart. I feel like this is a good book for college freshman but it didn't help me much after my first semester. I also purchased Major In Success by: Patrick Combs and I found it to be extremely helpful for making the most of all my college years. Major In Success is the perfect companion to this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars if you want a true perspective...
    What I liked the best about the book is that it's told in students' own words -- students from a number of colleges commenting on topics ranging from how to schedule classes to handling homesickness to handling finances to getting along with that up-all-night roommate. You're getting the real scoop on college life from the people who are LIVING it, not what the admission literature says. As a student affairs professional, this is the kind of "quick read" resource I'm going to buy (on Amazon, of course) to make available to my students.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
    This books provides honest solid advice. Unlike most so-called college guides, this one was not written by a book mill, but an author who understands the complexities of being a college student. Well done. Bravo! I can't recommend it enough. If I may, I would like to suggest a book to buy in addition to this one:

    College 101: The Book Your College Does Not Want You To Read (ISBN: 0966412206)

    College 101 may not be as polished as Been There Done That, but it does provide a complete picture of the college experience from a first person point of view, that is brutally honest. It shows the college experience warts and all!

    Buy these two books together and you will know everything you need to know about college!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I've should have read it soone
    This book is great. I enjoyed reading it, and found it very interesting. I was thinking a good complement to this book would be, "How to find your dream job and make it a reality: solutions for a rewarding and meaningful career" by Jason McClure. If there I one thing I would have done different in college, it would be preparing for the job search afterwards.
    Order both books and make the most of college career. Good luck...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!
    This book has more common sense, solid advice, and information than most college guides. A freshman would be well served keeping this book in his/her back pocket. ... Read more

    4. Cracking the NEW SAT with Sample Tests on CD-ROM, 2005 Edition (Cracking the Sat With Sample Tests on CD-Rom)
    by Adam Robinson, John Katzman, Princeton Review
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    Asin: 0375764291
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-28)
    Publisher: Princeton Review
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    5. The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College
    by Jacques Steinberg
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    Asin: 0142003085
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
    Publisher: Penguin Books
    Sales Rank: 48060
    Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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    In the fall of 1999, New York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg was given an unprecedented opportunity to observe the admissions process at prestigious Wesleyan University. Over the course of nearly a year, Steinberg accompanied admissions officer Ralph Figueroa on a tour to assess and recruit the most promising students in the country. The Gatekeepers follows a diverse group of prospective students as they compete for places in the nation's most elite colleges. The first book to reveal the college admission process in such behind-the-scenes detail, The Gatekeepers will be required reading for every parent of a high school-age child and for every student facing the arduous and anxious task of applying to college. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The god's do play dice with the universe
    I read this book and had a wide range of emotions. I will start by stating my views tend to be fiscally and politically moderate. So, I had to temper my frustration in reading a book on college admissions written by a writer for the New York Times (a decidedly liberal newspaper)and of a quite liberal East Coast University, Wesleyan. The choice of school and admission officer to shadow express a liberal bias that may not entirely reflect the view of all top Universities, but is probably true to the nature of Affirmative Action nation wide. Mr. Figueroa, the Admissions Officer, deserves accolades for the passion he expresses in his responsibilities.

    That said, my analysis must be dispassionate since my oldest child is currently looking at colleges. So here it is:

    1. The Wesleyan pie is first divided this way, 30% African, Latino and Asian students. Many deserve admission, without question, no matter who you measure them against. These are the HP (high priority) minority students. Others are in the generally acceptable population range according to averages, courses taken, class rank, activities, leadership etc.. Some are at risk students, as are some in the other applicant cohorts. True, these students may be cut a little slack but, remember they still must pass courses to matriculate at the university. The U.S. News and World Report is watching and will note the number of non matriculating students. They will also note the number of students who are accepted and decide to go elsewhere. And so the games begin!

    2. Foreign students are given 3% of the pie. Diversity by ethnicity and country raised in and state of origin produce robustness. The rules for foreign students are very similar I suppose although the book does not go into great detail.

    3. 67% is carved out for those with European ancestry. My only beef here is that there are significant cultural diversity distinctions even amongst Europeans! We are not all rolled out of the same batch of flour or using the same cookie cutter, so to speak. But, alas I digress.

    Of this group an expectation of SAT = 1340 or so is expected. This is the benchmark. Quality points are given for challenging AP courses as compared to your peers. The harder the competition at your High School and the more people apply to the same university the lower the probability you have to be picked over your classmates. Unless, of course, you are the one to apply early decision and have all the goods. Subjectivity always is a confounding variable. A wonderful essay read by an Admissions Officer at 3am on Saturday may work as well as the car built by the worst crew on the last Friday of the quota month. But chance does favor the prepared mind so make your essay special for you.

    Activities count, clubs, organizations, etc., but being an officer or say President of the Student body counts more for showing Leadership. Life experiences expressed in a well written essay could tip the scale, as well.

    Sports are important if you are "the one" who is needed for the team, but usually not without the other components mentioned. A much needed Oboist should get the nod, sometimes even if some deficiencies need to be overlooked.

    Diversity by domestic geographic origin also is a consideration. Schools want to recruit and report diversity from all 50 states. Obviously, East coast schools will attract more people from the east and therefore you compete with other east coast students for a subset of the seats to a greater degree than you think!

    So, keep the grades up, take the most challenging curriculum, be a leader in school organizations, express yourself in your essays, note any ethnicity that is accurate and listed (or not listed), take an SAT prep course, grind through old SAT exams, know the TEST and how to take it. Take it twice unless you have exceeded the requirements of the schools to which you have applied or you dialed 800 verbal and 800 math. Check out the requirements for financial aid, this sometimes requires persistence. Make a list of schools prioritize them as, dream schools, desirable schools and safe schools. Visit as many schools as possible to be sure they are a good fit for your academic major, that you like the culture of the school, the feel of the campus and that the location makes it easy to get home to see the family...

    Roll the dice! Then it all becomes the mathematics of probabilities. Good luck! Remember, the harder you work the luckier you get! And you may find yourself thinking the refrain from an old song which stated in self proclamation, "My future's so bright I gotta wear shades!"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absoutely Fascinating...
    I just finished reading "The Gatekeepers" after it was recommended by other mom in my daughter's senior's class. Since several of the schools my daughter is applying to are mentioned in the book it was definitely a must read for me. However, it is a must read for any parent whose child is applying to a selective college/university.

    "The Gatekeepers" is written in a wonderfully thoughtful and fascinating manner that it reads like a novel you just can't put down. The insight it provides into the admissions process is invaluable not only in the useful information it provides but also in the "shot in the dark" aspect to applying to a selective school. I think it may help my daughter and myself to relax a bit during this whole thing since so much of it seems random, especially for white middle class kids with great grades and scores.

    My daughter is off right now on college tours with my husband and I keep calling her with advice I've learned from the book--she may start blocking my calls. But if you want to know what goes on, read this book, you won't be sorry you did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Behind-the-Scenes Information, you normally wouldn't get
    About a week ago my English Teacher suggested us to purchase this book and read. She has been prepping us for the College process ever since September, and figured that the book would be a great way for us to understand what kind of thought that will be put into are applications. At first I was not excited about the book because I thought it would be dry and boring, but after reading the first couple pages, I could not put it down. Not only was the information very helpful, but the author really knows how to write a book, and he keeps you interested. I litterally could not wait to know what happens to the students protrayed in the book.

    On the bad side though it did scare me a little, because I realized that different students are put on different pedistals. It really goes to show you that school are look for diversity and they will take some pretty major steps to get it (for example a minority student that attends a Prep School with a 3.2 GPA and a 1150 on the S.A.T.'s got excepted with a full ride with a non-minority student at the same prep school with a 3.9 GPA and a 1350 SAT did not).

    The Other complant about the book is that it describes the admissions mostly for IVY or IVY-like schools (NOT STATE SCHOOLS), which for the first hundred pages make for confusing calculations (like when they say they like to see scores higher than 1350, for a state school that means 1000).

    But all in all I am glad that I picked up the book and started to read, it was one in a long time that I could not put down, and one that I am happy that I have to put on my ever growing book shelf (Thanks Mrs. H!).

    3-0 out of 5 stars One Word? - Disappointing
    One word to sum-up The Gatekeepers? Disappointing....

    Disappointing because:

    1) the author's viewpoint is decidedly "East Coast" with a larger than life view of Eastern seaboard schools with scant appreciation for any institutions of higher learning beyond the Allegheny's, other than Stanford. The reputations of the holy trinity, Yale, Harvard, and Princeton, are undeniable, but the author's view of American College education seems to be confined to a very few hundred square miles.

    2) the author would use the lives of persons of honor vicariously to further his own career. The nobility, kindness, and charity which unfolded in the lives of Figueroa, Goldman, et al., is more a testament to the character of man than the author's ability to tell the admissions story at a "premier college."

    3) the story reads like a prospectus for Wesleyan University (notably, in the first half). In the author's school boy-ish tone, he gushes about the achievements of the college well beyond what one would hope for in an unbiased investigation by a New York Times reporter.

    The tender lives of the student applicants involved in their search for the perfect college will wrench anyone's heart. Give it a try, but don't be surprised if you're disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful, Heartfelt, Great read for all especially parents
    I found this true tale to be touching. I was empathetic to all those involved whether they were those selected from "merit" or "action". I was overjoyed for all the applicants and their growth (and mine) through their experiences. I applauded the thoughtful way applicants were reviewed and considered for admission. There are several views when discussing "merit" versus "action". I believe that in Wesleyan's case, at this snap shot in time, their process although flawed like all other schools does look at the merit of diversity. There action based merit is what eliminates strife with the knowledge we all gain of one another in a diverse environment where all share a common goal. Parents this is a exceptional book, look beyond reading this a purely a guide to admission into your college of choice but devourer these words and walk away with a growth that "will ad" to your life an the world as a whole. You are a "Kevin Bacon" relation to everyone you encounter or never encounter on this planet. ... Read more

    6. CLA Review Manual: A Practical Guide to CLA Exam Preparation
    by Virginia Koerselman
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    Asin: 0314206213
    Catlog: Book (1997-10-22)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
    Sales Rank: 370675
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This manual is a comprehensive study tool for the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Examination administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. The manual thoroughly covers each section of the exam with extensive outlines, examples, facts, and charts for review. Sample tests are included at the end of each chapter. Tips for studying and successful completion of the exam are also provided. The new edition has been completely updated to reflect the latest changes in the law and the CLA Examination. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great review manual and reference book
    This book was my primary source when I was preparing for the CLA exam. Coherent, organized and thoughtful, it is a "must buy" for CLA candidates. Until my book was borrowed (and not returned) by another legal assistant, the manual served as a handy reference manual in my practice. ... Read more

    7. The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Official Prep Guide From The Makers Of The ACT (Real Act Prep Guide)
    by ACT Staff
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    Asin: 0768919754
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-15)
    Publisher: Peterson's Guides
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    There’s no better way to learn a test’s structure than from the inside—and the 1.2 million students taking the ACT need look no further than this official guide! Packed with tips, strategies, and plenty of subject review, it’s the only real guide to the ACT ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book Out There
    Everyone studies for the ACT in a different way but the one thing that everyone needs to do is practice. This book offers 3 practice tests published by the College Board. Getting into the ACT offers 2. My advice is get both of them. When I did 2 practice tests before this book I got 28's on both. Then I worked through the 3 tests in it and saw significant improvements each time. When I finally took the ACT I got a 31 on it so from personal experience I recommend this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Taking the ACT, this book is a "must have"!
    The Real ACT Prep Guide is a great resource for preparing for the test.I can't understand why anyone would pay hundreds of dollars for a classroom course or private tutor, when they can just buy this book?The Real ACT Prep Guide allowed me to work at my own pace, whenever I wanted to, 24/7.Most importantly the "retired" practice test questions have given me a major confidence boost for the upcoming ACT.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Test Prep
    This book is great.Not only does it have 3 actual ACT tests to practice with, but provides info on the new essay portion of the test.The tips and strategies included were very helpful.This is a must have for anyone preparing to take the ACT test. ... Read more

    8. 11 Practice Tests for the New SAT and PSAT: With Free Access to Online Score Reports and More SAT Help
    by Princeton Review, Princeton Review
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    Asin: 0375764348
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-13)
    Publisher: Princeton Review
    Sales Rank: 1444
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars get this book
    this book is a good straightfoward book with 11 practice tests and explanations.

    you should DEFINITELY get this book if you're taking the new SAT. ... Read more

    9. The Ultimate Math Refresher for the GRE, GMAT, and SAT
    by Lighthouse Review
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    Asin: 0967759404
    Catlog: Book (1999-12-31)
    Publisher: Lighthouse Review Inc
    Sales Rank: 9324
    Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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    A comprehensive math review for the GRE, GMAT and SAT. This math refresher workbook is designed to clearly and concisely state the basic math rules and principles of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry which a student needs to master.This is accomplished through a series of carefully sequenced practice sets designed to build a student's math skills step-by-step.The workbook emphasizes basic concepts and problem solving skills.Strategies for specific question types on the GRE, GMAT, and SAT are the focus of the Lighthouse Review Self Study programs. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great basic math review
    The ETS tests you on math that you haven't had in years. This is a great refresher book. Simple, straightforward excercises to get your brain going on arithmetics again. There are 3 parts to the book, arithmetics, algebra and word problems, and geometry. Having reviews all of these parts, I scored much higher on a subsequent practice test. If you can be fluent and fast in all the concepts presented in the book, you should be able to over 650 easily in the quantitative section (plus you should review the GRE Quantitative format).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Really helpful
    I hated the idea of tackling math again until I found this little Math Refresher book. The book gave me the easy-to-understand brush-up that I needed and it didn't hurt a bit! For anyone who hasn't tackled math in awhile and who needs an inexpensive jump-start, this book is a great buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars very intresting one
    I haven't deal with math for 5 or 6 years. (BTW: And never loved subject really.) :))) But this book was very good first step in my GMAT math. It's worth it's money and your time if you are starting from "below zero'.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for GMAT Prep!
    I am horrible at math but needed to brush up for my second shot at the GMAT. This book did an exceptional job of reintroducing math concepts I hadn't seen in years. There were plenty of practice problems with simple and practical explanations.

    The first time I took the GMAT, I used Kaplan's math prep book. Although it gave me practice answering GMAT type questions, the reality was I really needed to first was brush up on my math fundamentals.

    This book covers arithmatic, algebra, and geometry in 37 lessons. A great buy for anyone taking an ETS test!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Every Family
    This book should be stored along side your set of encylopedias and dictionary. ... Read more

    10. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2005 (Fiske Guide to Colleges)
    by Edward Fiske
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    Asin: 1402202296
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
    Publisher: Sourcebooks
    Sales Rank: 3789
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    This annual guide to more than 330 colleges and universities has been the indispensable source of information for thousands of students, parents and counselors. It offers the perfect blend of statistical academic information and more personal descriptions of the campus cultures and lifestyles of each school. Fully revised and updated, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2005 includes everything anxious students and their parents want and need to know. ... Read more

    11. Cracking the SAT Biology E/M Subject Test, 2005-2006 Edition (Cracking the Sat II Biology)
    by Judene Wright
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    Asin: 037576447X
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-15)
    Publisher: Princeton Review
    Sales Rank: 7164
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    12. How to Survive Your Freshman Year (Hundreds of Heads Survival Guide)
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    Asin: 0974629200
    Catlog: Book (2004-04)
    Publisher: Hundreds of Heads Books
    Sales Rank: 31405
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Some clichés may indeed be true. This is the case with HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR, a book that proves that "Hundreds of Heads are Better Than One."

    The start of a college freshman year can bring on stomachaches, teeth grinding, parental feuds and sweaty palms. But knowing what to expect can relieve the nervousness and anxiety attacks, especially if you are being helped along by hundreds of survivors.

    The hundreds of college students interviewed for this book get very down and dirty about the realities of freshman year – the best parts, the worst parts, the unforeseen. The students interviewed are from big schools, small schools, Ivies, and state universities. Greeks, geeks and jocks; men and women. What they told about their college experiences – whether satisfied, relieved or regretful – is remarkably universal.

    Hundreds of Heads Books’ HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR provides 800 personal stories and advice tidbits from hundreds of college Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who survived freshman year.It even contains a few tips on things to avoid, from a handful of dropouts who didn't quite make it.

    This easy to read (or browse) guide covers a multitude of subjects, from where to live, how to deal with roommates, best study habits, money issues, fashion concerns, hooking up, and studying abroad, to how to spend your free time, – and, yes, the bane of everyone’s existence – laundry.

    HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR is THE book to buy before making the plunge into your new life or the gift to give to your favorite graduating high school senior before he or she packs off to college.The book is chock full of real-world insights from hundreds of college students who have 'been there, done that' - and lived to share their wisdom. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars How to Survive Your Freshman Year
    A strength of this work is that it provides practical strategies on how to make the transition from high school to college
    with a minimum of wasted effort and expense.

    College requires work regardless of how quickly you can grasp technical or easy to read presentations. There are research papers. Students have more lab work in the technical subject areas. Case studies require a solid commitment of time. Professors have different styles. Some design tests from the homeworks. Others design tests from case studies. Still others design highly competitive exams.
    Grading schemes can vary. Some instructors grade by the strict bell curve. Others consider grading secondary. Some schools require strict attendance. Others simply don't care if the students do the work and perform well.

    It is important to get good instructors/professors and to utilize them as a resource.
    Individual study is important, but group participation can be helpful. It's important to talk to students who've had the same
    instructors as you are assigned. Sometimes, it can be helpful to get the notes in advance. Students who aspire to be professional
    athletes must manage their time. You can have a lot of fun in college but realize that you are there for an education.
    It's important to complete the assigned homeworks and labs yourself because teachers usually formulate exams from this material.

    Let's say that you're studying calculus.
    The homework assignment involves a partial differentiation
    of y x^3 on x. The answer of course is 3 y x^2. On an exam,
    the instructor might ask you to do a partial differentiation
    of y x^3 on y. The answer would be x^3.

    It's important to do the homeworks methodically because similar
    problems land on mid-terms and finals. In addition,
    your focus on homeworks will save lots of time when it comes to
    studying for exams. Homeworks are an important barometer of what
    the professor considers important in the course. In addition, class notes can have important supplementary material not contained in the textbooks. Some instructors test the class notes heavily to penalize students who do not attend class
    regularly or reward students with good attendance records.

    Another dimension of college is paying for it. There are student
    loans, full/partial scholarships and federal work study programs.
    Some states have specific collegiate funding programs aimed at
    college students. State funding can vary from outright grants to
    scholarships to student loans. Many corporate entities fund college study as do private organizations and associations.
    Some scholarships go begging for lack of applicants. It is important to research and apply for as many college scholarships and financial benefits as time permits. Do not assume that your
    grades or SAT scores disqualify you from getting a college
    scholarship. Some scholarships are awarded simply on the basis
    of providing funding to needy students or students who might have
    difficulty in paying for college without the scholarship assistance. In other situations, no-one may have applied and your application may be the only one up for consideration. By simply applying and meeting a minimum threshold-you may get the scholarship award.

    College is perhaps your last opportunity to explore areas of
    interest prior to entering the world of work. This work
    is a solid investment because it teaches how to utilize the
    college experience to your maximum career advantage.

    5-0 out of 5 stars best cultural introduction
    My niece is starting college in the states next fall and was very scared because she could not imagine how college life would be in another country. After she read the book, she feels much more comfortable with her year in America. It gave her a sense of college sub-culture and life in a fun way.

    5-0 out of 5 stars awesome book for all incoming freshmen!
    This book includes great, honest insight. It's perfect for every incoming freshman who is even the least bit apprehensive to start college. I wish I had read it last year when I was a high school senior... I'd have been a lot more prepared! (Great grad gift idea)!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great gift book
    I bought this book for my niece when she visited as part of a pre-freshman trip to her two top colleges. She read it cover to cover, alternately chuckling, sighing, and saying "I can't wait." The book was a huge hit. It's funny, poignant, and dead-on accurate.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What to buy for the soon to be highschool grad
    This book gets it right. Colege kids talking to others soon to be in their shoes. I didn't agree with all the advice - ok - so my college days were decades ago - but I felt the honesty and helpful spirit of each entry. The format makes sense - the topics are relevant - its a book that will be used before and way after freshman year.
    Unless you are the kind that thinks that only parental advice is worthwhile - this is a great senior year - freshman year find. ... Read more

    13. SAT Subject Tests: U.S. History 2005-2006 (Kaplan Sat II : Us History)
    by Kaplan
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    Asin: 0743265378
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Kaplan
    Sales Rank: 8805
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    Book Description

    Everything you need to score higher on the SAT Subject Test: U.S. History -- Guaranteed.

    Kaplan's comprehensive guide includes:

    3 full-length practice tests
    Diagnostic test with personalized feedback
    Detailed answer explanations
    Powerful strategies to help you score higher
    Focused review of important events, eras, concepts, terms, and people -- and the important relationships between them
    Practice questions in each chapter, covering all tested material, from pre-Columbian times to the 21st century
    Chapter timelines and summaries to help you find what you need quickly
    The most up-to-date information on the test

    World Leader in Test Prep and Admissions

    Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions has helped more than 3 million students achieve their educational and career goals. With 185 centers and over 1,200 classroom locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, Kaplan provides a full range of services, including test-prep courses, admissions consulting, programs for international students, professional licensing preparation, and more.

    For more information, contact us at 1-800-KAP-TEST or visit ... Read more

    14. The Marino Mission (WordSavvy Book S.)
    by Karen B.Chapman
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    Asin: 0764578316
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-20)
    Publisher: Cliffs Notes
    Sales Rank: 336248
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    1,000 SAT I vocabulary words in a teen-friendly page-turner

    Say adios to the mind-numbing word lists found in most SAT prep guides: teens will lose themselves in the fast-paced drama of The Marino Mission and emerge with a superior vocabulary. Each year, more than 2 million students take the SAT I. Now, instead of poring over word lists, they’ll encounter vocabulary in the context of a memorable novel–a recipe for much better word retention on test day. One thousand of the most commonly tested vocabulary words are sprinkled through this action-packed story, which features an exotic Latin American locale, a teenage girl and boy, a tale of intrigue surrounding a missing baby dolphin–and a brief definition of each vocabulary word, easily accessible at the bottom of the page on which each word appears. As an added test-prep bonus, the book includes vocabulary exercises at the back to help students master the words presented in the text.

    Dr. Karen B. Chapman (Southborough, MA) received her PhD in molecular biology and genetics from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a writer, with a film treatment that was optioned by Paramount Studios. ... Read more

    15. Basic Math and Pre-Algebra (Cliffs Quick Review)
    by JerryBobrow
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    Asin: 0764563742
    Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
    Publisher: Cliffs Notes
    Sales Rank: 17462
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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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 mathematical concepts – from fractions, decimals, and statistics to graphs, integers, and exponents – 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 really good
    this book: 1. will help you solve 80% of the math the average person will encounter in their life, 2. [and if a parent] will allow you the math knowledge to allow you to help you to help your kids with their homework until they reach that age where they are sure that your to dumb and way to old to help them, anyway, 3. [if a student] only half listen to the 'really dull' math teacher and then learn it on your own - but it will really help if you listen and study on your own.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 6th Grade Math Teacher Loves This Resource
    I teach both average and honors math to typical 6th grade students. I use the Cliffs Quick Review for Basic Math and Pre-Algebra in my classroom and encourage my students to purchase a copy for themselves. I find it to be a usable source for self study and review. The language and examples are useful and simple for students and parents to understand.

    I also have several other Cliffs Quick Review titles for my own children. My children use the Quick Reviews for Algebra I & II, Geometry, Chemistry, and Biology. I am so pleased with the format of these books that I will purchase any of the other titles relevant to high school and college study.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book
    If you have a hard time in algebra or pre-algebra, you should buy this book. To get to perform the most odd looking problems it takes basic math and pre algebra, so i suggest this as a good book

    4-0 out of 5 stars basic math and pre-algebra
    this was just a good book and i have no need to write a review on it people should just read it themselfs. ... Read more

    16. Simon's Saga for the SAT I Verbal
    by Philip Geer
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    Asin: 0764122002
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
    Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
    Sales Rank: 35317
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Simon, who is the narrator of this book, lets test-takers know that he's a cool college dude who's ready to help everybody get an incredibly fantastic score when they take the new, revised verbal skills section of the SAT. Simon tells students that college time is party time, but first, kids need to do some serious work. That includes expanding their vocabulary so they'll be able to cope with college-level reading assignments. He tells them, for instance: "Well, it's time for you to get to work. You'd better get this pedestrian stuff out of the way, pronto, so we can get to know each other better. Hey, I know the thing looks a little daunting, but I think the meanings are quite explicit." Certain words in that passage—for instance, pedestrian, daunting, and explicit—are set in boldface type. That is the students' signal to look up the word, understand what it means, and comprehend how it's being used in the sentence.Students who read all of Simon's commentaries and understand all boldface words are guaranteed to excel on the new SAT I Verbal. As Simon helps students expand their word power, he finds something to say about most topics that interest college kids—from girls and parties to coping with term papers and doing library research. A short quiz follows each episode. Here's a unique, refreshing approach to vocabulary building for high school students preparing for the all-important college entrance test. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEESY' --si son extranjeros no compren esto
    No doubt this book is great for improving your vocabulary, but i have never read a cheesier plot with cheesier characters. I feel that if i ever have the chance to meet Axel, Simon and his imbecile girlfriend-that-pretends-like-she-is-some-great-intellectual-but-puts-up-with-her-primitive-boyfriend-that-thinks-hes-cassanova IT WOULD BE TO PUNCH THEM IN THE FACE! The language (though the words are necessary) is out of place in a story that seems like it was cut out from a girls magazine and mixed together with a couple of big words. The result is conversation that is unreal. The characters are incredibly shallow -especially Simon who looks like a girls worst nightmare- and talk in ways that make you think theyre trying really hard to impress you with their vocabulary. I realize this is fiction, but I cant stand such unlikeable characters! I have read plenty of books that are great for picking up new words, and in which the vocabulary fits quite naturally with the plot and general feeling of the story, but I sincerely could care less whether they find a girlfriend for Axel or not, or how many girls Simon can succesfully flirt with in a day. And Simons girlfriend is your typical feminist girl that would love everyone to think shes a new-age-woman but puts up with the kind of boyfriend that has space in his brain for little but girls. There is nothing substancial in anything Simon says, except the "big words" he constantly uses; every character is supossed to be insanely smart, though their definition of a smart person seems to be the one who has the most facts and impeccable definitions crammed into his brain. All in all I found it insipid and I dont think I will finish it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You wont get a better book than this for a Standardized Test
    I used to fear the long list of words which are given in any other books for Standardized Test. Then I came around this Simon's Saga and I was amazed to see the way it presented the long list of words by some enjoying episodes. With this book its really fun to study the long list of words and memorizing it is not a difficulty. Moreover it contains only those words which appear more frequently in the Standardized Tests. I recommend everybody preparing for Standardized test to buy this book and enjoy memorizing the most frequent words for Standardized Tests with some really funny episodes. The excersises in this book are also really helpfull for practise

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for enhacing vocabulary
    English is a second-language for me. Obviously, if the verbal standarized test section is difficult for native speakers, it is even worse for international students whose primary languge is not English.
    I find this book to be very user-friendly, it is not a list of words with definitions that a student must memorize as in Princeton's or Barron's verbal SAT review. Simon's Saga uses those difficult words in everyday context so that the reader slowly incorporates those words to his/her vocabulary and to understand the context in which they can be used. Standarized test do not test if you remember the definition of a word, rather it tests your ability to play with the words. This book, therefore, is suited for that purpose.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A fun and effective way to build vocabulary for the SAT
    We've all heard that practice makes perfect. And it's true -- except in the life of a student. For most students, anything even remotely resembling systematic practice seems to be automatically put into one category: BORING.

    Simon's Saga for the SAT I Verbal uses storytelling to introduce SAT words to students without making it seem like a chore. It gives them a familiar context in which to understand the words, as well as exercises to later reinforce this comprehension. The author gives us an irresistible tongue-in-cheek take on college life and its 'infinite' possibilities, while at the same time slipping in issues and concepts that appear in SAT reading passages. To make sure the words really sink in, important SAT words are regularly repeated.

    I don't know of any other prep guide that teaches students what they need to know in such a creative way. My students enjoy it, and I recommend it to any student looking for an interesting way to get ready for the SAT.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great verbal booster
    This book is a great way to increase your SAT verbal score. The book is divided in to 37 chapters. Each chapter is about 4 pages long and has around 20 vocab words that are in bold. At the end of every chapter is a list of the vocab words contained in the chapter. After that is a review consisting of fill-in-the-bank, matching, True/False, and mutiple choice questions involving the 20 vocab words. I found learning the words in context easier than memorizing word lists. The exercises also helped me remember more words. The story isn't half-bad either, until about three-quarters of the way in. Then it got a little boring, but overall I enjoyed using this book as a tool to improve my verbal score. ... Read more

    17. CLEP Official Study Guide, 16th Ed. : All-new 16th Edition (Clep Official Study Guide)
    by Not Available
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    Asin: 0874477093
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-16)
    Publisher: College Board
    Sales Rank: 20105
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    Prepare to earn college credit at more than 2,900 participating colleges and universities

    Every year more and more students save countless hours and dollars through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), used to award full college credit for demonstrating college-level achievement in a variety of subjects. This new 2004 edition is the only source of complete information about the computer-based CLEP exams, containing descriptions of all thirty-four exams, CD-ROM with tutorials, and test-taking tips and procedures. Included are more sample questions and answers than ever before.
    ... Read more

    18. Cracking the ACT with Sample Tests on CD-ROM, 2005 Edition (Cracking the Act)
    by Princeton Review
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    Asin: 0375764550
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-04)
    Publisher: Princeton Review
    Sales Rank: 116807
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    19. The Ring of McAllister : A Score-Raising Mystery Featuring 1,046 Must-Know SAT Vocabulary Words
    by Robert Marantz
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    Asin: 0743265777
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
    Publisher: Kaplan
    Sales Rank: 239742
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    17-year-old Will Lassiter has lived his entire life in the peaceful comfort of Red Fork. When his new neighbor, Dr. Octavio Perez, suddenly disappears, Will uncovers a mystery that merges the present with the past -- a deadly secret that's been locked away for nearly a century. That's when things start to get really strange.

    Unlike other SAT preparation books, The Ring of McAllister incorporates key SAT vocabulary right into the story. So rather than memorize lists and definitions, you learn the words in context. SAT words are defined in a glossary at the back of the book. It's a pain-free way to build your vocabulary -- and to score higher on the test! ... Read more

    20. Kaplan DAT with CD-ROM : Third Edition (Kaplan Dat (Dental Admission Test))
    by Inc. Kaplan
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    Asin: 0743241495
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
    Publisher: Kaplan
    Sales Rank: 19741
    Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Are you ready for the DAT? You will be.

    2 Full-Length Practice Tests

    • Detailed Explanations for Every Answer

    • Intensive Science and Quantitative Review

    • Reading Comprehension Practice Test

    • Effective Strategies to Maximize Your Score

    Special CD-ROM Features

    • Full-Length Practice Test

    • Complete Explanations for Every Answer

    • Personalized Interactive Performance Analysis

    The Only Virtual Reality PAT

    • Realistic Perceptual Ability Test

    • Exclusive PAT Exercises

    • Computerized 3-D Figures You Can Rotate and View at Different Angles ... Read more

    Reviews (11)

    2-0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed
    The software seemed to crash a lot and I didn't get much help from the company. Once I got it to work (a few times) I could not practice any section I wanted from the one computer test they give.

    Also, when I took the real DAT yesterday, the real DAT computer format was much different than Kaplans. The screens, reading comprehension, and the important question review screen, etc. were not the same.

    Kaplan only gave me one computer test too. Their book cover seemed to imply 2 full tests! (I guess they are counting the paper one in the book (a little BEWARE of that).

    I could not print out questions from the computer and it was difficult to go through their review screens to get to the questions I missed. There are NO TOPICS for the qestions so it was hard reviewing a little bit more about the questions I missed in my college text books.

    One important thing was my scores on the real DAT were lower than my Kaplan scores. My overall was 18/19 PAT and my Kaplan was 21/22 PAT. If I were to do it again, I would depend more on my college text books.

    The text reviewed some sciences, and general math. Not bad, but not great. I found myself going to my college text books for more explainations.

    Overall, I don't think I can recommend it.

    Hope to see you in dental school in 2001 :)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfied from Good Study Guide
    The Kaplan DAT book was a good study guide to use to prepare for the DAT - especially when compared to other brands. By studying mainly the review book, a few textbooks for reference, and the TopScore CD, I was able to perform very well on the exam.

    The Science section was very thorough and helped prepare me for what showed up on the exam. The Biology was heavy in detail which actually posed to be a problem - many of the areas which I spent time studying did not show up in great detail on the exam. But hey, better safe than sorry.

    The reading section was very accurate in mimicing the reading section on the exam. The math was close as well - TopScore did a better job with math questions however. The Kaplan book did cover some great math skills.

    The PAT is the only area where I wish the book worked more with. The DAT was much more difficult than I had expected - especially for angle ranking. I would suggest the more practice the better.

    Aside from the PAT (which still helped greatly), the book is a great buy. I recommend it for anyone willing to work hard for this exam.

    An added note, I performed much better on the DAT than the Kaplan exams. The book helps with keeping motivation high.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Canadian DAT read this review
    There are limited reference books for the Canadian DAT, which is quite different from the American DAT (the Cdn DAT has soap carving for manual dexterity testing and does not have organic chem and math on the exam).
    Primarily, I used the biological science, chem, reading comprehension and PAT sections for review and practice. The last time I learned the content in university was about 8 years ago, but I found that the biology and chem reviews were comprehensive enough and prepared me enough. However, I need to point out that this is a thinking test and questions on the exam are tricky and does not necessarily ask for straight memory work and when it is recall type questions, it tends to be obscure detail you wouldn't think you'd need to remember in such detail. The reading comprehension and PAT were helpful, but again, it doesn't give enough practice. I found the suggested approach to doing the PAT in this book was useful.
    I did not like the CD. Reading comprehension on the CD didn't do anything for me because it wasn't representative of the format (the reading selections were unusually short) and the rotating objects in the PAT section were not helpful to me, at least)
    My advice is to do more timed practice exams. Do as many as you can.
    As for the Canadian DAT, I also used practice exams from IQ Publications (not the greatest because there isn't much out there for the Canadian DAT market, but has decent practice exams). Their book on soap carving you should definitely get, but don't get their soap carving kit (the exacto knife is different than the one used in the actual exam), get the one from the Canadian Dental Association plus extra soap pieces.
    The Canadian DAT was a relatively difficult exam, but I did relatively well (I am competitive with same scores as the applicants who got into dental schools in Canada--the ones that gave entrance statistics anyways). My review came from this Kaplan book and intensive practice before the exam. Of course, don't forget practice, hard work, and discipline! I studied 3 - 4 months in advance, but I was busy with my daytime job. Probably studied only 1/2 to 1 hour weekdays, a little longer on weekends. Closer to the week before the exam, I studied the entire evening. Good luck!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Weak Biology Section!
    According to the guide at the biology section is weak and I agree since I have the Kaplan book! You need another guide for biology. Also, the CD test is not too representive of the DAT format but our choices are limited in software products.


    2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
    I bought this book along with TopScore CD. I looked at the reviews and thought this is a wonderful book for preparation for DAT. Well, it is not even close. The content in this book is not enough for the real DAT, especially the biology part. Fortunately I found this out before the test and I had to postpone the test one week later than I scheduled. I bought the Schaum's Outline for Biology and Chemsitry (two review books) and studied those two books intensively in the last week before DAT. Here is my scores: Bio 22, Gen 28, Org 25. I do think the Schaum's Outlines saved me from a big failure. I am glad that I didn't trust this book. And Schaum's books are amazingly inexpensive. That can save you about 20 bucks. And I am not selling my used Kaplan book here because I don't think it's that useful. Good luck with your test! ... Read more

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