Opinions on "Kaplan SAT 1600"?

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By Smartaleck123 (Smartaleck123) on Tuesday, May 04, 2004 - 09:33 pm: Edit

What is your opinion on Kaplan 1600

My March Score was: 740M 650V (1390 Composite)

So I am obviously focusing on verbal, I'm not sure how much my math will go up (b/c i only got three questions wrong)...therefore i probably could have gotten 800M.
I was wondering what the general concensus is on the Kaplan SAT 1600 book... (especially for verbal, cuz thats what I need to improve on!) Thanks in advance!

By Smartaleck123 (Smartaleck123) on Tuesday, May 04, 2004 - 11:03 pm: Edit


By Mysticaura (Mysticaura) on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 12:51 am: Edit

very good book but also very hard...not many problems to practice on but still very good overall review...i got a 1550 but the book guarenteed me a 1600!!! grrr

By Tlo (Tlo) on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 12:54 am: Edit

i think the book was good, but it should only be a supplementary practice excercise, practice tests are still the best.

By Ickyfoo (Ickyfoo) on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 12:59 am: Edit

not that great. i used it w/ 10 real sat's and went down from 1420 to 1390

By Modestmouse (Modestmouse) on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 04:53 pm: Edit

Sucked. Only do it if you have extensive Kaplan background. You can't go from your own strategies to theirs. But yeah, it sucked. Read profile for my score. It was definitely not a 1600.

By Tired_Student (Tired_Student) on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 06:15 pm: Edit

I like it but I'd rather use a different book for CR because KAPLAN 1600 doesn't give line references

By J_Link (J_Link) on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 08:57 pm: Edit

actually i liked the SAT 1600 book. i used it conjunction with a workbook for math and verbal, and i went up from a 1490 to a 1600
the strategies it gives you really made a difference, but i think it only works if you already have done well on the SATs and are working on perfecting your score

By Altsuperhero (Altsuperhero) on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 09:35 pm: Edit

i'm not sure how much it helped ... then again, i only opened it two days before the test

yeah, i finished w/ 1570 ... if anything, it was a quick read ...

it accurately portrays the difficult problems (5's), but that's all it does ...

use it in conjunction w/ another prep book: kaplan, pr, gruber's, barron's, arco, petersons, etc.

and don't forget to pick up the 10 rs

then again, all of this will be out-of-date next march

By Ticklemepink (Ticklemepink) on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 09:47 pm: Edit

Wonderful. Pulled up my SAT scores a bit. I really like the new techniques, a nice change from PR. Very clear, actually. I wish I had used it more thoroughly then I would've really pulled the numbers up!

I do suggest using it for the second time around once you've used the regular prep books for the first time. This is only to be used for polishing up because who wants to go through the same books that's already marked up and you've seen the same words at least 100 times?

By Jangel86 (Jangel86) on Thursday, May 06, 2004 - 10:33 am: Edit

I had a 1490 in January, and I used the book to prepare for May... Hopefully it brought my score up... J Link, did you do anything else besides that book to bring yours from a 1490 to a 1600?

By J_Link (J_Link) on Thursday, May 06, 2004 - 04:02 pm: Edit

just the kaplan 1600 book and a verbal and math workbook to practice in; works really well

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