This book offers problems that may be given on the SAT's that
I have not seen in other books.

-David Park

What makes Acing different from other test prep books on the market?

Acing is designed to teach, and teach clearly. The key to success on any test, including a standardized test like the SAT, is to learn well and practice, practice, practice. “Test tricks” can only take you so far.

This attitude has been the key to writer Tom Hyun’s success in private math and SAT instruction for the past ten years. Someone who never says more than he needs to, Tom has always focused on clear and direct teaching, customized curriculum, and preparation through practice. Though he can only see a limited number of students, Tom wrote this book so you can benefit from his teaching expertise.

While other books include a lot of chit-chat and fluff, to fill up pages and make you think you're getting more information, Acing cuts out wordiness. The two-column format of the tutorials minimizes verbiage and maximizes teaching.

Acing allows you to create individualized courses of study for your personal study needs. Many prep books have inadequate topic range, and organization of subjects is sometimes haphazard. Acing is comprehensive and logically sequenced, so you can learn all the math from start to finish, or pick and choose the topics you find hardest. Twenty chapters cover all the math topics on the new SAT.

Acing helps you PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. This book includes 505 practice problems, not even counting the "example" problems or the 3 full-length practice tests. That's 36% more than any other book on the market! And every problem in the book comes with a detailed, step-by-step solution. If you get a problem wrong, you can see exactly at which step you made your mistake.

How is Acing organized?

Each chapter of Acing covers a particular group of ideas and concepts covered on the SAT I exam. (See our sample page for a full Table of Contents.)

    The chapters are broken down as follows:

  • Tutorial (two-column format)
    • Key terms and illustrations on the left teach you concepts with a minimum of verbiage.
    • Samples questions on the right, worked out step-by-step, show you the kinds of problems the College Board uses to test a specific concept.
  • Exercise Sets
  • Solution Sets

At the end of the book you will find one PSAT and two SAT I practice tests. For the maximum benefit, these tests should be taken under realistic testing-center conditions, timed and free from outside distractions. Each test is, of course, followed by a solution set.

How much time should I spend preparing for the SAT?

As with any test, you will see the best results by studying consistently over at least several weeks before the exam date, rather than trying to cram and learn "test tricks" in a day or two. By studying an hour a day over two months, you should be more than able to finish all the exercises in this book. (And remember, you might choose to skip selected topics.) Chapters can be broken up into smaller increments, but each practice tests should be taken in one uninterrupted sitting.

Skip the gimmicks, cut out the fluff, and get the clear teaching you need! Order your copy of Acing the SAT I Math and you'll feel confident and well-prepared for the new SAT I math.

Good luck!

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