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I am so happy to report that I got a 800 on the writing section for the January SAT. Working through your book was probably the best decision I made concerning this test. On the PSAT (sophomore year), I scored a 480 on the writing section and 1770 as a total score. In January, my final score was a 2380 :). THANK YOU!!!

I have not missed a single english question since i read your book! I took the september and october tests and got a 36 for english on both of them! I could not have done it without your book.

Today I got back my PSAT results to find out I got well above the expected national merit for my state. Sophomore year I got a 1190 on the PSAT. This year I got a 1450. Your book helped tons! Thanks again.

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Customers located in South Korea should contact our Korean distributor, JMK Education (http://www.prepers.co.kr), regarding the purchase of Critical Reader books.

If you are planning to take both the SAT and the ACT, we recommend that you purchase The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar, 3rd Edition, along with the ACT English Supplement.

If you are interested in purchasing a pre-publication copy of The GRE Vocabulary Workbook ($16.95), please email thecriticalreader1@gmail.com. Read a preview

GMAT

New! The Complete GMAT Sentence Correction Guide

The Complete GMAT Sentence Correction Guide offers a thorough review of all the major grammatical concepts tested on the Sentence Correction portion of the GMAT. Each chapter is accompanied by a rigorous set of exercises, allowing students to practice both recognizing and correcting errors presented in a variety of ways. To help students transfer their skills to the exam, this book also contains 150 GMAT-style multiple-choice questions accompanied by thorough explanations.

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New SAT (March 2016 and later) —

Ultimate Guide to SAT® Grammar

Updated to reflect the content of the redesigned SAT, The Ultimate Guide to SAT® Grammar, 3rd Edition, is a comprehensive guide to all of the major grammar and rhetoric concepts tested on the multiple choice Writing portion of exam. In addition, this book is designed to help students study as efficiently as possible by targeting the specific areas on which they need to focus most heavily.

Includes:

  • Step-by-step explanations designed to familiarize you with errors in all of their forms, from the most straightforward to the most complex
  • Strategies for simplifying complex questions, and for quickly identifying the information most relevant to determining correct answers.
  • Dozens of test-style exercises designed to reinforce each concept and help you apply your skills to the test.
  • An index of Writing questions from the exams in the College Board Official Guide, 3rd Edition (2015)/Khan Academy, grouped both by error type and by test.

Ideal for high school students who need to strengthen fundamental skills as well as those who need to focus only on the most challenging concepts covered on the new test.

The Ultimate Guide to SAT® Grammar Workbook, 3rd Edition, contains six full-length multiple choice writing tests modeled after the those on the redesigned SAT. Each test is accompanied by thorough explanations designed to reinforce the concepts and strategies presented in the grammar book.

The Critical Reader, 2nd Edition has been updated to reflect the content of the redesigned PSAT (2015 and later) and SAT (March 2016 and later). Intended to clearly and systematically demystify what is often considered the most challenging section of the exam, this book provides a comprehensive review of the skills tested on SAT Reading for students who are serious about raising their scores.

Includes:

  • A chapter-by-chapter breakdown of question types, with in-depth explanations and numerous examples demonstrating how to work through each type
  • Techniques for comprehending complex passages and identifying key information quickly and efficiently
  • Extensive strategies for simplifying and answering paired supporting evidence questions as well as informational graphic questions
  • A list of alternate definitions of common words, plus strategies for using context clues to decipher the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary

To allow students to apply the strategies outlined in this book to College Board material while focusing on the specific areas in which they are seeking to improve, this book also includes a list of all the Reading questions from the Khan Academy exams/College Board Official Guide, 3rd Edition (2015), arranged both by category and by test.

ACT Books

The Complete Guide to ACT English

The Complete Guide to ACT English is the only book that offers a comprehensive review of all the grammar and rhetorical topics tested on the ACT.

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Includes:

  • Step-by-step explanations designed to familiarize you with errors in all their forms, from the most straightforward to the most complex.
  • Dozens of ACT-style exercises that help you move from understanding rules to applying them in the context of a passage.
  • Cumulative reviews that allow you to practice managing a progressively wider range of concepts in a single passage.
  • A complete index of English questions from The Real Guide to the ACT, grouped both by topic and by test.

Ideal for high school students with little previous grammar study as well as those who need to focus on the most challenging grammar and rhetoric concepts.

ACT English Supplement to The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar

Adapted from The Complete Guide to ACT English, this supplement is intended for students who have purchased The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar and are planning to take the ACT in addition to the SAT. Includes key ACT grammar and rhetoric concepts that are not covered or deemphasized on the SAT Writing section, as well as ACT-style exercises and two full-length practice tests with explanations.

The Complete Guide to ACT Reading

The Complete Guide to ACT Reading combines fundamentals of comprehension with test-taking techniques to explain how to maximize your score by approaching the test strategically.

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Includes:

  • extensive strategies for managing time while improving comprehension, whether you’re just making it through all four passages or struggling to finish three.
  • a complete chapter devoted to each type of question, including literal comprehension, main idea, inference, tone and attitude, and point of view.
  • a discussion of common passage themes and answer choice patterns, with tips for recognizing correct and incorrect answers more quickly and easily.
  • examples from The Real Guide to the ACT, 3rd Edition, demonstrating how to apply specific strategies to actual exam questions.
  • two complete practice tests with thorough explanations that reinforce the concepts and strategies presented throughout the book.

Designed to debunk the myth that the Reading Comprehension section cannot be approached strategically, this book presents material useful for students at a wide range of score levels.