Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT (2013-2014 Edition)
Larry Berger, Michael Colton, Manek Mistry, Paul Rossi, JaJa Liao
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
Written for students by students, Up Your Score is the book kids will actually want to use to help them ace the test. Its four authors and guest editor—who each achieved perfect or close-to-perfect scores and got into the college of their choice—offer expert advice and proven strategies, laced with an edgy wit.
Kept sharply up-to-date by the guest editor, Up Your Score is a complement—and a reality check—to the institutional reviews by Princeton and Kaplan. It’s the book that injects attitude into the dry business of test prep, fending off the anxiety of the SAT with peer humor. A rich and lively vocabulary section is filled with examples that kids will relate to. The math section delves into the eight core ways the test covers the subject, plus offers problem-solving techniques. The writing section addresses the 13 most important grammar rules to know. And Up Your Score shows how to “psych out” the test: How to think like the SAT. How to prepare the essay in advance. The best ways to fill in answer circles and other strategies to save precious minutes. Plus, tips for maintaining concentration, why it’s always better to guess than to leave a question unanswered, what to wear on test day, and a recipe for energy-boosting Sweet & Tasty 800 Bars.
rockets’ red glare. You have to add verses under adverse conditions.” advocate * * * to urge; recommend Advertisements advocate products. aesthetic * * * artistic; pertaining to a sense of what is beautiful As the tick was sucking blood from my arm I squashed it. The dead insect smeared on my arm was not aesthetically pleasing. affected * * * fake (think: a-FAKE-ted) His affected personality negatively affected our affection. affinity * * *
this long wild night of vicious partying, combined with excessive exposure to the sun, we became so fried that we lost our ability to recall things and to function normally in society, and . . . what word are we on?) amok * * * freaked out and violently pissed off The schmuck in the muck got stuck, ran amok, and guess what word he screamed? (Answer: Shucks.) amorphous * * * shapeless Note: This word is decodable if you know all the pieces: If you take too much
bottom of the stairs. Blood was gushing through a wound in his side, and I could see the ciliated lining of his small intestine. I decided to take charge. I asked with compunction, “Golly, are you okay?” He replied caustically, “Sure, I’m just swell. And how was your day?” “Peachy,” I said. At that he bellowed cholerically, “You callous piece of carrion! Can’t you see I’ve been shot? Did you think this hole in my gut was a congenital condition? Get me to a hospital with celerity!” “You don’t
live on one condition: that he take the SAT every day for the rest of his life. The prisoner chose death. The root “mal-” means “bad.” The next few words all begin with “mal-”: malaise * * * a feeling of illness or depression After I ate the jar of mayonnaise, I had a feeling of malaise that made me lazy. malediction * * * a spoken curse The male chauvinist’s remarks earned him a malediction from the feminists. malevolent * * * wishing evil on others;
or write to FairTest (P.O. Box 300204, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130). Tell them Up Your Score sent you. SATING FOR DOLLARS After you ace the SAT, you will decide that, because you are such a good, involved student with a kick-butt SAT score, you could get into a prestigious college. You will develop a passion for this particular college, but your dreams of attending will be crushed when you learn that it costs about three times as much as you can possibly afford. At this point you have several