The Critical Reader: The Complete Guide to SAT® Reading, 4th Edition
The Critical Reader: The Complete Guide to SAT® Reading, 3rd Edition
p. 111, question 5.1, choice B should read as follows: Relations between the Soviet Union and the United States will improve if the Soviet Union permits its satellite states greater political liberty.
p. 235-236, the answer to Question #1 on p. 235 1 is B, not C. The first sentence of the last paragraph on p. 236 should read, “Instead, move on and check lines 35-39, which clearly support B) in Question #1.”
p. 293, paired passages: Passage 1 is by Booker T. Washington, and Passage 2 is by W.E.B. DuBois. In questions 2, 3, and 4, the names of the authors should be switched. You can download the corrected pages here and here.
The Critical Reader: The Complete Guide to SAT® Reading, 2nd Edition
pp. 299-300: paired passage “attitude” relationship question, the lines used to support C in Question #2 are incorrectly listed as 62-64 (Choice B in Question #2). 66-67 should be reprinted instead. The key phrase in the passage is what’s unproven in line 66, which directly corresponds to “insufficient evidence” in C of Question #1.
p. 304, question 1.3. Answer: A. The passage indicates that only a tiny percentage of carbon dioxide emissions come from food transportation, i.e., most pollution comes from other sources.
p. 310, question 1.3-4 on the Explanations of Paired Passages Exercises: the correct answer is A.
The Ultimate Guide to SAT® Grammar, 5th Edition
p. 64, Commonly Confused Words chart, “lay vs. lie”: she lay should be she lays. (Corrected in books printed after 8/10/20.) NB: The simple past/past participle forms of to lay are both laid.
p. 94, question 8.1: choice B) should read as follows: difficult. Living at sea, (Corrected in books printed after 8/12/20)
p. 262, question 7.1: The third sentence of the explanation should read, “Were and are = plural, eliminating A) and C).”
p. 269, Explanations for 4.1 & 4.2 are reversed. (Corrected 8/21/20)
Explanation 4.1: D: Whom cannot be placed before a verb (called), eliminating A). Because the pronoun refers to a person, which is incorrect, eliminating B). Although C) contains who, it also contains an unnecessary and illogical switch to the future tense (who will call) and cannot be correct. The only idiomatically acceptable option is to call, making D) correct.
Explanation 4.2 C: Whom cannot be placed before a verb (used), eliminating A). Because the pronoun refers to a person, which is incorrect, eliminating B). D) does not work either because it creates a comma splice. C) correctly uses who to refer to David Hackenberg.
The Ultimate Guide to SAT® Grammar, 4th Edition
p. 9, Chart showing the conjugation of to have. The text above the chart incorrectly states that the conjugation is used for both present in past. In fact, it is used for present only; the past form of have is always had.
p. 13, question 17: the word properties should be underlined. Insulation is acting as an adjective that modifies properties.
p. 155, singular/plural chart at the top of the page: headers should go vertically, not horizontally. (Corrected in books printed after 3/3/19.)
The Ultimate Guide to SAT® Grammar, 3rd Edition
Note: the manuscript for the 3rd Edition was updated on 4/24/18. If you purchased a book printed earlier, however, some of the errors below may appear.
p. 43, Chart title should read “Water Consumption at Two University of Southern California Campuses.”
p. 63, Last paragraph before the sample question should read, “As a result, incorrect answers to register questions will typically be either too casual and slangy or excessively formal, whereas correct answers will be somewhere in the middle.”
p. 54, question 3.4, the correct answer is D. Answers should read as follows:
A) NO CHANGE
B) insulation, and this keeps it warm.
C) insulation that keeps it warm.
p. 56, question 5.3, answers should read as follows:
A) NO CHANGE
C) unnaturally and
D) DELETE the underlined portion.
p. 88, question 5.1: the correct answer is A.
p. 119, question 3.2: the correct answer is A.
p. 120, question 4.2, answers should read as follows:
A) NO CHANGE (himself, but the first manufacturers who inspected them,)
B) himself, but the first manufacturers, who inspected them,
C) himself, but the first manufacturers, who inspected them
D) himself; however, the first manufacturers who inspected them
p. 151, question 2.3, answers should read as follows:
A) NO CHANGE
B) concrete the worlds’
C) concrete – the worlds
D) concrete, the world’s
p. 156, question 10.1, answers should read as follows:
A) NO CHANGE
B) groups’ members
C) groups, members
D) groups members,
p. 192, question 5.2: the correct answer is B.
p. 208, question 4.4, answers should read as follows:
A) NO CHANGE
The Ultimate Guide to SAT® Grammar Workbook, 4th Edition
p. 28, Question 43 explanation: the third sentence should read, “C) is incorrect because a semicolon should not be placed before and.”
p. 60, Test 3, question 23: the sentence should read “Although the solar system’s other three gas giants—Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune—have rings orbiting around them; Saturn has rings that are far larger and more spectacular.” (Note that this correction does not affect the answer to #23.)
p. 91, Test 4, question 16: the correct answer B. The answer must provide an example of a stunt that requires great agility. “Leaping high into the air” is the option most consistent with that idea. (Corrected in books printed after 10/2/17.)
The Ultimate Guide to SAT® Grammar Workbook, 3rd Edition
p. 21, Test 1, question 5, the explanation should read: The previous sentence states that Yunus decided to take matters into his own hands, with the word matters referring to the village woman’s inability to earn a living wage from selling brooms. The sentence in question should thus indicate what Yunus did to help. In addition, the following sentence refers to the tiny loans, so the sentence in question should logically introduce the idea of the loans. Both A and C contain the idea of lending, but only A explains what Yunus did to help the villagers. C focuses on the banks, not on Yunus. (Note: the incorrect explanation appears only in early copies of this edition.)
p. 41, Test 2, question 37: in choice B), there should not be a comma after Mauchley.
p. 91, Test 4, question 16: the correct answer B. The answer must provide an example of a stunt that requires great agility. Leaping high into the air is the option most consistent with that idea.
p. 136, Test 6, question 16, Answer: D (Pronoun Agreement). The explanation should read as follows:
Logically, the underlined pronoun must refer to the plural noun the main engines (what else could fly itself back to Earth?). Itself is singular, eliminating A). Oneself and him- or herself are singular but only refer to people. Themselves is plural and correctly refers to things.
SAT® Vocabulary: A New Approach
p. 54, Set 4, #5: the correct answer is E.
p. 104, #7: the correct answer is D.
p. 105, #5: the correct answer is C.
The Complete Guide to ACT® English, 4th Edition
p. 18, The mice’s whiskers = The whiskers of the mice. (Corrected in books printed after 5/29/20)
p. 93, question 9.3. The correct answer is C, not B. (Corrected in books printed after 7/30/20)
The Complete Guide to ACT® English, 3rd Edition
“Trick” Noun as Adjective Before a Name: bottom of p. 55 should read, “A comma before a name indicates that the name is not essential to the meaning of the sentence.”
p. 36, question 5.2: F
Modification Drill, question 1.2, p. 134: F
Parallel Structure Drill, question 1.3, p. 138: D
Parallel Structure Drill, question 2.4, p. 139: G should read “to form”
The Complete Guide to ACT® Reading
Practice Test 1, question 31: C
p. 99, question at the bottom of the page should read, “What does Passage A talk about that Passage B doesn’t?”
The Complete GMAT® Sentence Correction Guide
P. 13: click here for updated version.
GRE® Vocabulary in Practice
p. 38, question 5: answers are A, F
IELTS® Writing: Grammar and Vocabulary
p. 84, 3rd degree conditional, right hand column should be labeled “Past Conditional”.
p. 88, chart of modal verbs at the top of the page should not include ought.