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Mike Barrett has been helping people do better on standardized tests since he was in high school. In college, he worked briefly for Kaplan but left when it became clear to him that the Kaplan method was irreconcilably different from the way he naturally thought about the test. A few months after Mike graduated from college with a degree in linguistics, his younger brothers needed help with the SAT, so he taught them his approach to the test. Word of their success spread throughout their high school, and Mike was soon offering informal SAT tutoring to a few dozen of his brothers' friends. One of those students recommended to Mike that he set up his own SAT preparation company. He thought about that for a couple of weeks and decided to pursue it. Since then, Mike has used a variety of channels to help tens of thousands of students with the SAT, PSAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, ISEE, and SSAT. He regularly travels to work with students all across the United States, and consults with students all over the world through Skype. He speaks at live events as well, and is available for booking. Mike's SAT strategies are so different from the traditional approach because he analyzes standardized tests from the ground up, rather than simply assuming that they cover the material they claim to cover. In other words, most SAT tutors and courses teach the same math, reading, and writing skills that you learn in high school, because they take the College Board's word then it claims that the SAT is a test of college readiness. According to Mike, SAT questions rely on very basic concepts but present them in very strange ways. So students who want to improve their test scores shouldn't waste time re-learning what they've already learned in school - instead, they should learn how the SAT actually works, so they can take their existing knowledge and leverage it into a higher score. And this is exactly what Mike teaches you to do in the SAT Prep Black Book. In addition to the extensive training, which describes how to approach every type of real SAT question on test day, the second edition of the Black Book also contains over 600 detailed walkthroughs of real SAT questions. These walkthroughs model the ideal thought process for every SAT question, and make a point of demonstrating how to apply the practical lessons from each question to what you'll see in the future on test day. If you want to understand how the SAT actually works, you need to read this book.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0692916164
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ ACT Prep Books; 2nd edition (July 1, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 576 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780692916162
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0692916162
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13 - 18 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.9 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 1.3 x 11 inches
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Mike Barrett is a test-prep expert who has been tutoring people for standardized tests ever since he was in high school. His approach to tests like the SAT, PSAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, ISEE, and SSAT is unique in that it is based on his strategic analysis of the role of testing in education and in admissions, rather than on a superficial appraisal of the supposed subject-matter of an individual test. In other words, while most test-prep courses will teach students to memorize vocabulary words for the SAT, for example, Barrett explains to students how top-scoring SAT-takers minimize the importance of vocabulary by exploiting certain weaknesses inherent in the process of standardization itself.

Barrett employs a variety of formats to work with students: He tutors over the phone and in person, he lectures to large groups, he holds small seminars, he sells online video courses, and he offers free training materials through his blog and through YouTube.

Tens of thousands of students have used Mike Barrett's ideas to improve their performance on standardized tests. Because of the sheer volume and variety of feedback he has received from these tutoring students, Barrett has been able to refine his approach to testing, and tutoring, in a way that sets his methods apart from those of other test-prep resources.

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HIGHLY RECOMMEND! This book helped me score a 1480 on the March SAT. If you’re self-motivated and able to sit down and read the trainings and walkthroughs in this book, this is the book that will help you get the score you want. It contains very unique and useful strategies that are way better than the trite tips common test prep companies give. First Mike walks you through the basic designs of the test and imbues in you mind the importance of UNDERSTANDING the test. Then he goes into specific sections (Reading, Math, lastly writing), starting with training and ending with EXTREMELY THOROUGH, step by step answer walkthroughs with you. Mike repeats the most important points (such as rigorous attention to details) over and over so that they become second nature. He only teaches you what you need so you don’t overwhelm yourself with information that won’t appear on test day at all. This books contains the most effective and novel strategies, gives you content review and step by step answer solutions to 4 official tests from the College Board, and really builds your confidence to not just take the test and get it over with, but rather enjoy the process and have a good time because you know exactly what to expect and how to attack it. This book helped me tremendously; and I wanna share my experience because it deserves the recognition and more students will benefit from using it.
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