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?

Unfortunately, we are unable to 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.

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.

I think I found an error 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.

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).

Will Erica be writing an AP English Literature book?

It’s under consideration, but if it happens, it won’t be for at least another year, possibly longer.

Can I/my child work with Erica?

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