- a killer vocabulary list, including words the SAT has repeated for decades (and why reading Vanity Fair magazine is smart test prep)
- cheap tricks to master the math section (surprise you learned all you needed to know about SAT math by the eighth grade)
- how to be a grammar genius without cracking another book (bonus: discover the tiny subset of grammar rules that is the SAT's secret lover)
High school juniors everywhere, rejoice! At last, the SAT guide you've been waiting for has arrived. Hack the SAT: Secret Strategies and Sneaky Shortcuts That Can Raise Your Score Hundreds of Points won't send your score to 800 overnight, but it is the perfect test prep for smart students who want to do even better. A Harvard graduate who made his living catering to the sons and daughters of wealthy Manhattan parents, Eliot Schrefer offers his tried-and-true tips to students unable to foot tutoring bills of up to $1,000 per hour.
Straight-talking with an edge of sass (a sample header: "The Essay: Stop Being a Wimp," Hack the SAT has shockingly realistic expectations, in comparison to stodgier guides asking students to do practice tests religiously. A tear-out study schedule recommends that procrastinators just cracking the book the night before the test do some of the drills in the book, and then "pray if you are so inclined," yet makes sure to tell students beginning their SAT study a year pre-test time to "go relax for three months and come see me then."
Schrefer offers the basics, including 11 essential grammar rules, and a thorough investigation of right triangles. But instead of providing yet another list of vocab words, he suggests subscribing to Vanity Fair for its "elevated vocabulary and . . . damn sexy photos," and has math problems that reference pop-culture icons like Gwen Stefani and Fergie. By far the best part of Hack the SAT is Schrefer's reassuring tone, like a big brother telling high school kids, "Study, but don't sweat it."