What are the best resources to help your student prepare for a great score on the SAT? It depends on the student, but in my experience the following have resulted in great score increases:
1. The College Board’s Official Guide to the SAT.
Because it is made by the makers of the SAT, its practice tests are real tests and will give your student the best possible idea of exactly what the test will look like.
2. Acing the SAT Math I.
Although it is a relatively obscure book, I have yet to find a more thorough and well packaged book of SAT math prep practice problems.
3. Up Your Score.
Hilarious and full of innuendos that your student will appreciate, this book is sure to keep your student’s attention when others won’t. Anything that makes us laugh keeps us coming back, and that’s where the power of this book is. It has an excellent vocabulary and writing section.
4. Math 800.
For students scoring in the high 600’s and the 700’s on the Math section, this book provides questions more difficult than any your student will see on the SAT. Because most prep resources are designed for the average scorer, they are almost useless for someone who is exceptional as they don’t provide enough challenge. It’s like a skilled tennis player playing a beginner – it just isn’t helpful. I’ve seen above average scorers jump into the near perfect range after practicing with the problems in this book.
A simple Amazon search will bring up tens of books devoted to SAT prep, and trying to decide which ones to buy can be overwhelming. Take my advice and try out the above.