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Gruber or McGraw or Princeton?

wishingstonewishingstone 7 replies3 discussions Forum Champion
I took the practice SAT test in the College Board website--the only free one you can get--without any studying, and I got 1930: Reading 630, Writing 610 and Math 690. I don't think I'll have to worry much about the math since I'll be taking Math2 subject test and studying for that, I think, will pretty much cover it. :o

But I do need to increase quite a bit on Reading and Writing--I'm weak on vocab and for that I ordered Barron's (since I heard that its words list was good, and the supply for the reasonably-priced 2008 ones seemed low). But I read Xiggi's thread, and I decided to order more prep books to read and increase my score, and I'm pondering over Gruber and McGraw and Princeton. I'm thinking of ordering one of these three, or maybe two, if the choice between the three gets too difficult. :D I was reading the reviews on Amazon, and I got all :confused: because of the mixed opinions and everything and I decided that I definately needed help. Lol.

So, which one(s) do you reccomend, Gruber or McGraw Hill or Princeton Review? Or anything else that you might reccomend? Detailed descriptions will be much appreciated, but quick opinions or friendly advice will also be very welcomed. :)

Thanks!
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  • billcshobillcsho 241 replies2 discussions Junior Member
    It is fine with any (or all) of them. In general, the Barron's and Princeton Review are more popular. The Barron's tends to be slightly more difficult. The McGraw Hill one may have some error in math (I forgot if it is the ACT one). While the Gruber one may have question styles different from the real test (again, I forgot if it is ACT one). There is also the Kaplan one which is more on the easy side. Of course, there is also the official blue book which is basically former tests plus some additional tests. Since you have Barron's already, I guess the next two may be the blue book and PR.
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  • jadeniojadenio 13 replies1 discussions
    Okay, Gruber's is good mostly for math (I have his SAT math book and irs pretty good), however you dont need math help so I would say no to that. I dont know much about McGraw so I cant say anything about that. Princeton Review is a safe choice, as their books are usually good.

    So if you're choosing between those 3 I would say Princeton Review. HOWEVER, if you dont have the blue book (Official SAT study guide, 2nd edit.) it is CRUCIAL that you get it. It has 10 practice tests (3 of which are actual tests that were administered in the past), and since the Collegeboard made the book, it is the closest thing you can get to a real test. Get the blue book before anything else. Its like $11 on Amazon, and its amazing.
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  • wishingstonewishingstone 7 replies3 discussions Forum Champion
    billcsho: Thanks, then for the first choice, PR it will be! :D I do already have the Blue Book, everyone was telling me to get it, so I just went ahead and got it. :) I'd looked up about Kaplan, and people's reviews were all saying that it was full of errors, so that kind of discouraged me. Is it good, in your opinion, though?
    Thanks for your advice!
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  • wishingstonewishingstone 7 replies3 discussions Forum Champion
    jadenio: Oh, okay. X) Then would you reccomend Gruber's Math2 for the subject test? I was kind of leaning onto the Barron's for that, but I haven't ordered it yet and I can still change it. :) I do have the Blue Book, thanks for asking everyone was telling me to get it, so that was the first thing I ordered. (And it was on sale!)
    Thanks for your advice! :D
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  • jadeniojadenio 13 replies1 discussions
    Oh for the SAT Math 2 I would definitely get the Barrons (assuming that its specifically for the SAT Math 2).

    The Grubers book only covers math for the SAT1 test, and SAT Math 2 covers a much wider range of math, which should be covered in the Barrons but not Grubers.
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  • Transfer2017Transfer2017 14 replies0 discussions Forum Champion
    Definitely Gruber!
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  • wishingstonewishingstone 7 replies3 discussions Forum Champion
    jadenio:
    Okay! :o Should go back to the plan 1 then. :) Thank you!
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  • wishingstonewishingstone 7 replies3 discussions Forum Champion
    Transfer2017: Gruber? But I thought it was good for math... :confused: But I may be wrong; could you tell me what is good about it? :)
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