FAQ

When will my books be delivered?

Orders with standard shipping within the continental United States are typically delivered in 7-10 business days. Expedited orders typically arrive within 5 days, and Priority orders within 3 days. All books are shipped directly from the publisher, and we will provide tracking information so that you can check the status of your order directly.

If you are located outside the United States, please click here for information regarding shipping times. Note that for international orders (with the exception of Canada), tracking information is provided with Priority shipping only.

I’d like to order books in bulk — do you offer discounts?

Yes, we offer bulk discounts on orders of 25 copies or more. Please email thecriticalreader1@gmail.com for rates.

I live really far away. Can you send me PDFs of Critical Reader books?

We are exploring the possibility of creating electronic versions of Critical Reader guides; however, we are currently in the preliminary stages of doing so and do not yet know when such versions, if created, might be available. At this time, we unfortunately cannot distribute books electronically for copyright reasons. Please be aware that we take copyright violations very seriously; anyone who is discovered to have distributed our books illicitly over the Internet may face serious legal and financial consequences. If you are offered an electronic version of one of our books, we ask that you contact us so that we can have the illegal content removed as quickly as possible.

I think I found a typo in one your books - what should I do?

Please check the Errata page to see whether it is covered. If you do not see it listed, please email us with the page, the question number, and a brief description of the problem. If there is an error, we will do our best to address it as quickly as possible.

Can I use the SAT books to study for the ACT, or vice-versa?

You can use The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar to study for ACT English, but you should also purchase the ACT Supplement. Likewise, The Complete Guide to ACT English can be used to study the grammar and rhetoric topics tested on the SAT Writing and Language Test; however, this book does not include cover graph/chart questions. No SAT supplement is currently available.

There is far less overlap in the Reading sections, and we very strongly recommend that you purchase the appropriate book for either the SAT or the ACT.

What is the difference between the SAT grammar book and the SAT grammar workbook?

The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar includes extensive explanations as well as practice questions. The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar Workbook consists of six full-length Writing and Language practice tests accompanied by explanations designed to reinforce the content and strategies presented in the grammar book.

Do I have to use the new SAT books, or can I still use the ones for the old test?

You should use the books written specifically for the new test. Although there is some overlap in terms of the concepts covered, the redesigned SAT is very different from the version of the test administered prior to March 2016. The old books cover a number of topics not tested on the new exam, and they also do not cover a number of topics that are tested on the new exam.

If you accidentally purchased books for the old test, you may still find some of the exercises helpful for reinforcing certain concepts. In terms of grammar, subject-verb agreement, pronoun agreement, non-essential clauses, parallel structure, and faulty comparisons are all regularly tested on rSAT. In addition, the original edition of The Critical Reader can be used to prepare for the multiple-choice portion of the AP English Language and Composition Exam (note that analogy, support/undermine, and paired-passage question do not appear on that test).

Can I/my child work with Erica?

Because of the demands of writing and publishing, Erica is no longer available for tutoring.

We recommend the following tutors and companies, which use various Critical Reader materials and methods.

3RPrep, Ambridge, PA (online tutoring available)

Valerie Erde, Greenwich, CT, valeriee@optonline.net (verbal only, online tutoring available)

The Fluency Factory, Cohasset, MA (online tutoring available)

Kay Tutoring, Minnetonka, MN

PrepWright, Charlotte, NC

Stellar Scores, Seattle, WA (online tutoring available)

Vince Kotchian Test Prep, San Diego, CA

When will new editions of Erica's SAT books be available

Pre-publication copies of The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar, 4th Edition, are currently available for purchase through CreateSpace. The final version will most likely be released on Amazon sometime during the first week of August.

Pre-publication copies The Critical Reader, 3rd Edition, will be made available on CreateSpace during the week of 7/23/17.The book should be released on Amazon by 8/15/17.

Both will contain updated question lists aligned with the 2018 Official College Board Guide.

In the meantime, click here for a preview of the grammar book, and here for a preview of the reading book.

How do the new editions of the SAT grammar and reading books differ from the previous editions?

The new editions of The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar, 4th Edition, and The Critical Reader, 3rd Edition, contain updates designed to bring the more tightly in line with the released administered exams in The Official College Board SAT Guide, 2018 Edition.

In addition, both books contain updated indexes of Official Guide questions, covering all eight exams in the 2018 Edition.

 

Updates to the SAT grammar book include:

 

  • A new sample passage, more reflective of redesigned SAT content, in the chapter on adding, deleting and revising.

 

  • Additional material covering “stacked” bar graphs in the Infographics chapter.

 

  • Revisions to the exercises covering transitional words and phrases.

 

  • Elimination of material not tested on the redesigned exam.

 

  • A new chapter on question marks and indirect speech.

 

Updates to the SAT Reading book include:

 

  • New passages that more accurately reflect the content and style of the readings used on the redesigned SAT.

 

  • A substantially revised chapter on paired passages, including new sample passages that reflect the emphasis on historical documents.

 

  • Additional explanations and questions covering Supporting Evidence, Inference/Extended Reasoning, and Graphics/Data Analysis.

 

Will Erica be writing an AP English Literature or an SAT II Literature book?

It’s under consideration, but if it happens, it won’t be for at least another year, possibly longer. In the meantime, we recommend using the multiple-choice sections of released AP Literature exams for practice. Please note that the multiple-choice portions of the Literature SAT II and AP Literature Test cover the same material.

2012 Exam

2008 Exam

1987 Exam

 

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