|By Ilcapo (Ilcapo) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 12:25 am: Edit|
Just wanted to give my own recommendation for test prep books...I just started using Spark Notes books to prepare for US History and Writing and I have found their review material to be extremely helpful and to the point and their tests to be extremely accurate and "real" feeling. So much better than Barrons or Princeton Review in my opinion
|By Aceofhearts54 (Aceofhearts54) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 12:28 am: Edit|
Yeah I'm using sparknotes for bio and 2c. I bought them because, well, I was in a hurry and they were the first I saw. But I'm satisfied with them as well.
|By Shaka (Shaka) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 12:33 am: Edit|
2c 5 extra tests book is great...so's the writing...
BUT how hard are they? i always feel they are easier than the real tests?
|By Wizzz (Wizzz) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 12:50 am: Edit|
I used sparknotes writing online version (don't know if its the same as the book version but i'm assuming it is), and I thought the exaplanations of the materials were good but the practice tests, while helpful were much easier than the real thing. I consistently got in the 700's on MC in their writing tests and got a nasty surprise come the actual test...missed about half of the MC when i only missed 6 on the practice tests, so I don't think they are very realistic.
|By Shaka (Shaka) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 01:15 am: Edit|
but the real may test was pretty hard...harder than barron's
|By Tired_Student (Tired_Student) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 02:39 pm: Edit|
i agree the may writing was a killer
|By Madjoy (Madjoy) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 02:49 pm: Edit|
Kaplan was really helpful for me I got Sparknotes for IIc though, and it looks really helpful
|By Frenchfries (Frenchfries) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 08:02 pm: Edit|
I used Sparknotes books for Writing and U.S. History. I thought they were VERY close to the actual tests, especially the writing. For writing, the essay topics were dead-on (unlike Barron's) and the MC was good as well. I always got 800s on the writing practice tests, and that's what I got on my real test too. For history, I got around 780s on my practice tests. When I took the real history test, I thought it was really hard initially. After some worrying about it though, I realized the only hard parts were about 5 obscure questions (Stuff about Iran in the 1980s that I had never learned, etc), so my confidence was restored as was my love for sparknotes. I got an 800 on History too
If you take the time to read the books instead of just doing the practice tests, the reviews are really good too. I already have Barron's for Math IIC which I'm taking in June, but I was thinking of just picking up sparknotes anyway because I love the brand oh-so-much.
|By Aim78 (Aim78) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 08:56 pm: Edit|
Wow, seriously? I'm taking Writing and Math IIC in June, maybe I should invest in Sparknotes. I borrowed a Precalc book from my old teacher and I have the REA book, so I don't think I'll need one for Math. Writing is a different story. Other than the tests, what is good about the Writing book?
|By Crypto86 (Crypto86) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 09:00 pm: Edit|
What about Physics? I have the Kaplans book, but it is definately easier than the sample questions at the CB website. What's your opinion on PR, Sparknotes, REAL SAT IIs for physics?
|By Aim78 (Aim78) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 09:04 pm: Edit|
Just looked at sparknotes.com, I can't believe they post the entire contents of each book online! It would be easier to actually hold the book and carry it around, but I'm not going to waste money on something I can get for free.
|By Shaka (Shaka) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 09:06 pm: Edit|
i think the book is more in depth...
|By Aim78 (Aim78) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 09:16 pm: Edit|
Nope, it's exactly the same, with the practice test and everything. The only disadvantage is it's online, and the font is kind of small. And the book must have 5 practice tests, because there is only 1 for free online - you have to pay for the other 4.
|By Shaka (Shaka) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 09:17 pm: Edit|
ohhhh so the online tests are the same as the review book tests?? I never got a review book...i just bought those 5-more-tests books...those are awesome
|By Aim78 (Aim78) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 09:18 pm: Edit|
Nah, just checked and you only get 1 practice test. You have to pay for the other 4. Oh well, it's still a pretty damn good deal.
|By Crypto86 (Crypto86) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 09:22 pm: Edit|
Can someone please answer my question on a better physics SAT II prep book. Kaplans just isn't cutting it for me. Thanks.
|By Aim78 (Aim78) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 10:07 pm: Edit|
Ugh, I've been reading that Sparknotes book for an hour and my eyes are killing me. That's enough of that. Even though I'm reading good info I feel like I'm wasting my time because I'm on the computer. Sparknotes is playing a mind game here, forcing me to go out and buy the book.
|By Lisasimpson (Lisasimpson) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 10:09 pm: Edit|
can someone post a link to the sparknotes site?? i cant find it
|By Shaka (Shaka) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 10:27 pm: Edit|
uhhh you guys can just copy and paste the words into your microsoft word...and then enlarge the text in there lol...or just textpad...
use google.com, lisa
|By Gabushida (Gabushida) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 10:56 pm: Edit|
The Sparknotes Math IIC was ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE
|By Kevinkleinz (Kevinkleinz) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 11:09 pm: Edit|
Really? Can't comment on the book, but their practice tests seemed pretty much on par.
|By Shaka (Shaka) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 11:46 pm: Edit|
yea...i think the math 2c practice tests are too easy...but then again...i score about the same on PR...still waitin for my barron's book to arrive by mail...see how hard those are...
|By Wrathofgod64 (Wrathofgod64) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 11:56 pm: Edit|
Sparknotes Math IIc was incredibly helpful. I bought the book of 5 tests and scored b/w 760-790 on them, and on the actual test i scored 780.
|By Shaka (Shaka) on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 12:11 am: Edit|
damn..im only scoring 700 and 720 on the first 2
g2 stop making stupid errors...
|By Aim78 (Aim78) on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 12:47 am: Edit|
If font size is a problem then go to Tools->Internet Options->Accessibility->Ignore font size specified on Web pages. Then go to View->Text Size and change it to the size you want.
Unless that was only a problem for me.
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