Download The Official SAT Study Guide PDF book for free online. The 2018 version of The Official SAT Study Guide increases the number of official SAT(R) practice exams from four to eight, all of which were developed by the test’s creators themselves.
Since the College Board is committed to transparency, all practise tests are available on their website. However, The Official SAT Study Guide contains over 250 pages of additional instruction, guidance, and exam information, making it the only location to obtain them in print.
This new edition of the best-selling SAT guide incorporates updated guidelines and practice problems that are based on the most recent material, making it even more relevant and valuable. Using techniques and up-to-date material directly from the SAT’s authors, you can be well prepared for the exam.
The Official SAT Study Guide will assist students in preparing for the SAT by providing them with the following resources: – 8 official SAT practice tests that were produced using the same procedure and by the same team of authors as the actual exam
- thorough summaries of the math, evidence-based reading and writing parts;
- SAT practice questions that are specific to each SAT question type
- instructions on how to complete the new optional essay, which includes practice essay questions and sample responses
There is also seamless connection with Khan Academy’s Official SAT Practice.
Age range: adolescent through young adult
Review of The Official SAT Study Guide PDF
I’m a Stanford-educated private tutor with over 15 years of experience teaching SAT prep. I’ve aced the SAT (and ACT), developed a sizable YouTube channel (SupertutorTV) with free SAT/ACT hints and college guidance, designed a full-fledged online SAT prep course (The Best SAT Prep Course Ever), and published two books on the ACT math part (The Best ACT Prep Books Ever). In a nutshell, test preparation is my forte.
Working with authentic practice examinations is a must if you want to prepare for the SAT and achieve the highest potential results. This book is the best source of such tests in book form. However, there are a few caveats:
1) This is an updated edition of the prior book, rather than a completely new one (s). Two exams (tests 2 and 4) are removed from the book for 2018-2019, while two new ones are added (tests 10 & 9, October 2018 and October 2017 US tests respectively).
To be clear, the College Board has kept the old exam name scheme for consistency’s sake (thank you, College Board! ), so when you open the book, the first test you’re given is labeled test #10, the second test #9, the third test #8, and so on. It’s possible that anarchy would have erupted if they had renamed everything in this edition! The sections of the book prior to the exams look to be similar to the other editions at first glance. If I see anything unusual while I work with the text, I’ll make a note of it.
2) The College Board offers free online access to 6/8 of the exams (tests 8, 7, 6, 5, 3, 1) in this book, as well as the majority of the rest of the book. If you’re looking for the non-test sections of the book, try for links on SupertutorTV’s free SAT materials (I know they’re hard to find, but the tests are). College Board will very certainly make examinations 9 and 10 available for free online in the near future. Tests 10 and 9 are likely only available to people who took these examinations and ordered a copy of the QAS (question & answer service) or as unauthorized copies floating around the internet as of now (May 10, 2019).
Nonetheless, I urge that all students have a physical copy of the book. At.02 per page, printing the entire book would cost more than buying it in most cases, as others have pointed out. But there are a few things I’ve realized: 1. Not all students will read the first half of the book, and many will only want to take the examinations. If you’re just using it for the tests, each one is 64 pages long, including the essay, so your printing costs will be roughly $10 at.02 per page. 2. Not all students have time for eight tests, and some may seek help from other sources. If you’re cramming for an exam in five days and don’t plan on studying more than once, the book might not be necessary.
Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find inside:
1) A general summary of each exam section.
The College Board explains “what” it tests in this section. The majority of this is in the form of descriptions of the types of information you’ll need to know and sample questions for each question type (these are somewhat useful for practice). That doesn’t imply it explains exactly what you need to know to ace the examinations, or what “what” you need to know is. It will tell you, for example, that you need to know how to punctuate the end of sentences, but it will not list all of the punctuation rules.
I admire the College Board for being more upfront about what is actually tested on this edition of the test than prior ones. However, like with any material offered by the exam’s creators, there are limits to how much information the test creators will share in terms of passing the exam. In the reader part, for example, there is a side comment in the margin to pay attention to contrast, cause and effect, and sequence signals in passages. These are all on my list of “flags” in response options, or reasoning patterns that the College Board frequently use to deceive pupils, as a tutor. Are they mentioning all of my “flags”? No, not at all. Do they particularly demonstrate how they deceive you by using cause and effect in an answer choice when the paragraph just suggests correlation? In certain ways, yes. However, pointing out exactly how to cheat on the test isn’t always clear. This is due in part to the nature of the test maker’s substance. What test creator wants their exam to appear “crackable”? Instead, they want it to appear as if it is assessing actual understanding requirements fairly. That’s wonderful, but it also implies that these overview parts may not be sufficient for a student to achieve their highest possible test score. I usually advise students to supplement their comprehension of the exam with resources from sources other than the test manufacturers, whether it’s through YouTube, a course, online guidance from top tutors, a book by an independent tutor, or tuition itself.
2) There are eight “actual” SAT tests. Six of these tests, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, and 5, have now been legitimately administered to actual students, and the College Board has placed them in this order for good reason. The more recent a test is, the more likely the team who created it and their criteria will be similar to the team that will be creating YOUR SAT. There have been subtle shifts in time to the new exam (as with any standardized test), and these are most noticeable between the four “official” practice tests released by the College Board before ever administering this flavor of the exam to anyone (tests 1-4) and the rest of the exams, which were given to students at some point. As a result, two of the preliminary “practice” tests have been phased out in favor of more recent, actual exams. The CB deserves credit for sorting these by value (putting the most similar exams first, and other exams later). However, some students may prefer to complete exams 1 and 3 in the middle of their preparation, keeping the more similar tests for the final exam.
3) Explanations for each answer choice in full text. These will explain the correct answers, but their usefulness in terms of how much you can learn from them is more hit-or-miss. They are adequate for simple questions. They provide a working solution for the majority of arithmetic problems, although there are times when shortcuts or content explanation are missing. They may explain why a question is correct for more complex problems, but they rarely explain why you were enticed by the other option and what nuance made one choice superior. They also don’t provide much in the way of procedure advice. My kids frequently comprehend why B is correct and C is incorrect in retrospect. They don’t know how to get themselves to SEE that truth while taking the SAT, which is the holy grail of SAT improvement (particularly on the reading section once you are past a 680 score-wise). There are a few procedural hints available online from Khan Academy’s official SAT videos and College Board, and some of it is helpful, but not all of it is. However, the answer explanations themselves are more concerned with what is “right” and “wrong” (sometimes phrased in near circular logic), and hence may only aid pupils to a limited extent. Getting extra information through personal assessment, process evaluation, and counsel from sources other than the College Board will assist round out this picture.
What you won’t find inside:
—Scoring worksheets, using grading scales and charts
To put it another way, you’ll have to go online or use the app to find out if you got a 1400 because the book lacks a numeric translation chart for each test.
I don’t mind because CB has a great program that makes grading a breeze, which is mentioned in the book. Just be aware that it makes mistakes from time to time, and you must use the bubble sheets to take advantage of this (it’s a good idea to use bubble sheets anyhow because it simulates the test experience). But keep in mind that this isn’t in the book.
—An on-the-ground plan that is serious
The book won’t instruct you to skim the occasional chapter if you’re short on time, or to skip the last few multiple choice answers and go straight for open answers on the arithmetic, or to look for signs that indicate an option is “likely” to be incorrect based on the test’s preferences. This is something I wouldn’t expect from a test creator.
—In-depth grammar and math curriculum
You won’t get in-depth skills information on language and math, which can help you increase your score. Most serious students should use the tests provided as a diagnostic tool, in my opinion. Then, using what they learned on the practice test(s), they should pinpoint and drill specific areas where they struggle. If you miss a question about comma usage, for example, go over all of the comma rules and drill them down. If you miss an exponent question, go over all of the exponent rules again and drill them. This book does not provide this type of in-depth review, at least not to the extent that I would like my students to do it. For example, you won’t find a list of all the exponent rules you need to know or a list of when to use commas. You’ll have to look elsewhere for such information. (See the photos for an example of a geometry page that says “what” you need to know in terms of which formulas to know, but fails to supply real formulas…)
Though some components of a full prep “diet” aren’t included, the College Board has published the largest voluminous SAT book ever. I wouldn’t suggest attempting to cram everything into one book…
Overall, I appreciate the College Board’s efforts to level the playing field by making a large number of practice tests freely available. Thank you for making so much of this fantastic resource available to individuals who cannot afford to buy a book for free online. And THANK YOU for putting it all together in a book that is more than worth the $20 or so price tag for most students.
This book is an essential SAT resource for both parents and students. It shouldn’t, however, be your only option if you’re serious about test preparation.
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