When will my books be delivered?
Orders within the continental United States and Canada are typically delivered in 7-10 business days. Books are sent via USPS Media Mail from our storage facility in Indiana; orders normally ship within 48 hours, and we will provide tracking information so that you can check the status of your order directly. International orders are shipped via DHL. We ship to most countries except South Korea, as per an agreement with our Korean distributor, JMK Education. (To purchase Critical Reader books from South Korea, please contact JMK directly.) Also, due to a change in Amazon policy, we are currently unable to send orders to Brazil, Australia, and the Netherlands. Please note that The Critical Reader cannot be held responsible for customs-related delays. To ensure sufficient study time, please allow up to 30 days for your books to arrive if you are ordering from Asia or the Middle East.
What is the cost of shipping?
Standard shipping costs within the United States begin at $6.99 for a single item and increase by 50 cents with each additional item. For international orders (excluding Canada), only priority shipping is available. Cost varies by region.
When will I receive my tracking information?
I’d like to order books in bulk — do you offer discounts?
What is your return policy?
If you wish to receive a refund, unwanted items must be mailed within 14 days of receipt, in new (resalable) condition and preferably with the original packaging. Books that have been used or written in are not accepted for returns.
Please note that we are unable to make guarantees regarding score improvement and do not offer refunds based on failure to achieve particular goals.
Are you planning new editions of any books?
Updated versions of the SAT reading and grammar guides are planned for fall 2019, to conform to the 2020 edition of the College Board Official Guide. (The grammar workbook will remain the same.) Although the books will be released as new editions for logistical reasons, the vast majority of the content will remain the same; you will not be at a disadvantage using the current editions. A release date has not yet been set but is expected to be in early September. Information will be posted on the website as it becomes available.
No updates are currently planned for the ACT English and reading books.
I live really far away. Can you send me PDFs of Critical Reader books?
I think I found a typo in a book. 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. Make sure to include the edition number of the book. 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?
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?
Why do the most recent SAT/ACT grammar books have higher edition numbers than the reading books?
The SAT and ACT grammar books were published before the respective reading books and have undergone more revisions. As a result, the grammar books have higher edition numbers than the reading books. The third edition (2017) is most recent edition of the SAT reading book, and the second edition (2017) is the most recent edition of the ACT Reading book.
If I have the 3rd edition of the SAT reading book/4th edition of the grammar book, do I need to buy newer editions?
No. The content of the 2017 editions (3rd ed. reading/4th ed. grammar) is sufficiently similar that it is unnecessary to purchase the 2019 editions (4th ed. reading/5th ed. grammar). If you want the end-of-chapter explanations offered in the 5th edition of the grammar book, you can purchase them via the Books page.
Will Erica be writing an AP English Literature or an SAT II Literature book?
An AP Literature book is under consideration for 2021. 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.
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); The Fluency Factory, Cohasset, MA (online tutoring available); Kay Tutoring, Minnetonka, MN; PrepWright, Charlotte, NC; Stellar Scores, Seattle, WA (online tutoring available); Veridian Prep, Greenwich, CT (online tutoring available); Vince Kotchian Test Prep, San Diego, CA (online tutoring available).
French tutoring, through AP level, Valerie Mitchell (NYC and Hoboken; contact regarding online tutoring): firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I write a guest post for your blog or advertise with you?
I'm interested in self-publishing a test-prep book? Can Erica advise me?
Erica does sometimes work with aspiring independent (test-prep/non-fiction) authors, in which case regular consulting rates apply. We strongly suggest that you read this article before requesting a session.
If you are interested in publishing with The Critical Reader, please consult our submission guidelines before sending a proposal.
Can I partner with The Critical Reader for writing or publishing?
The Critical Reader does not consider unsolicited partnership offers with individuals or companies.
If you are interested in submitting a manuscript for publication, please consult our submission guidelines.
Can I license material from a Critical Reader text to use in a test-prep class?
We provide classroom-use licenses for a maximum of 10% of a given title, at a rate of 25 cents/page. If you wish to use larger amounts of Critical Reader material in a classroom setting or test-prep program (online or in-person), you must purchase complete books (bulk discounts available) or have students purchase them directly.
The incorporation of copyrighted Critical Reader material into any program, free or paid, print or online, without attribution is strictly prohibited. In addition, please note that unauthorized digitization and/or electronic distribution of our books constitutes copyright infringement.
Can my organization serve as an International distributor for your books?
If you are a publisher or educational organization interested in serving as an international distributor, or in requiring international reprint/translation rights, for Critical Reader books, please contact us with your company information along with a description of the territory your sales would cover. Rates and minimum print runs vary significantly depending on the size of your market and whether you are seeking exclusive distribution rights for your country or region.